Monday, October 27, 2014

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

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Publication date: 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 389
My rating: 3 stars
Ages: 15+

Gretchen's family are particular favorites of Uncle Dolf's--ever since her father died saving his life. But when Gretchen meets a young Jewish reporter, her life starts turning upside down. The National Socialist party and her Uncle Dolf--or Adolf Hitler as he's known throughout Munich--aren't the innocent politicians she had grown to believe. Then there is the truth to her father's death. In order to find the truth, Gretchen puts herself and her family in danger, but she can't stay ignorant anymore.

This was a book recommended by my library for people who liked Code Name Verity. While I don't think it was as riveting and interesting at Verity was, the amount of true history in the story was intriguing. I don't think many people know much about the early years of the National Socialist (Nazi) party.

There was a chronological error near the middle, which the editor in me couldn't seem to shake off. Other than that one instance, it seemed rather impeccable, with nothing dragging me out of the story. It took me a little while to warm to Gretchen--I thought her ignorance was a little too childish, especially for a 17 year old, but eventually I was able to put aside my 21st century sensibilities and grow to like her.

Strong recommendation for those with a high interest in WWII.

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