by Paul McHugh
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Pub Date 28 Jun 2022 | Archive Date Not set
Past worlds can inform the present. In 1940, Antifa is Norway.
On the shore of Oslo Fjord, teenagers Kristian Thorsen and Helene Berg watch in shock and horror as their world is upended by a Nazi invasion.
Driven apart by tragic events, Helene and Kristian take different paths to joining the Resistance, but fate soon swirls them back together. Like many who rebel against the invasion, they must become spies and secret agents on the fly, making big mistakes along the way. Yet along this tortuous path, they are surprised by moments of grace.
When Helene manages to steal secret Nazi plans for precision bombing of England, Kristian launches a life-or-death effort to get that crucial intelligence across the North Sea and into Allied hands. He’ll try anything to defeat the fascist invaders—and to win Helene's heart.
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Thank you, Bronzeville Books, for the advance reading copy.
I was nervous the entire time I was reading this book!
Who would have thought a young adult historical fiction would make me that nervous?!
I was expecting to take my own sweet time to read this book. However, I just couldn't put down the book when I started reading the first few pages, you know, just to "try it out". Well, I would say the writing impressed me! The characters are intense as the situation demands. The plot is different from all the other WW2 historical fiction I have read before.
The writing, the characters, the central theme and the ending all lived up perfectly to the blurb provided. If the blurb convinces you, the actual content of the book gets more convincing.
I love the book. However, I just couldn't vibe with the chemistry and the romance between the main characters.
Overall, a very convincing plot with realistic characters and a very satisfying ending.
This was a gripping read, a real page turner that had me on the edge of my seat right from the start. I couldn't put it down, an incredible read.
This book is an engaging narrative about Norwegian courage during World War II, when the country was occupied by German forces. Much of this history isn’t well known to Americans, and McHugh’s tense, event-filled book provides a close-up look at how locals (who knew the terrain) were able to stand up to outside forces with much greater firepower. McHugh is particularly adroit at providing detailed depictions of the natural world, persuasive blow-by-blows of athletic exploits, and knowledgeable treatment of the gun mechanisms – which matters in a gun battle. The story is harrowing, the backdrop beautiful, and the victories bittersweet. If you enjoy tension-filled thrillers set against historical backdrops, this will be a good summer read.
One word - BRILLIANT! This book was absolutely amazing from beginning to end. The story was super fast-paced and kept me reading well into the night. The characters are incredibly well drawn and come across as very believable. Likewise, the historical set rang with authenticity.
I thought this book really did tick all the boxes, and it is one I can see myself reading again and again. I highly recommend this novel.
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