A Novel of World War II
by Amanda McCrina
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Pub Date 25 Aug 2020 | Archive Date 06 Nov 2020
Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Amanda McCrina's Traitor is a tightly woven YA thrill ride exploring political conflict, deep-seated prejudice, and the terror of living in a world where betrayal is a matter of life or death.
“Alive with detail and vivid with insight, Traitor is an effortlessly immersive account of a shocking and little-known moment in the turbulent history of Poland and Ukraine—and ironically, a piercing and bittersweet story of unflinching loyalty. I think Tolya has left my heart a little damaged forever.” —Elizabeth Wein, #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Code Name Verity and The Enigma Game
Poland, 1944. After the Soviet liberation of Lwów from Germany, the city remains a battleground between resistance fighters and insurgent armies, its loyalties torn between Poland and Ukraine.
Seventeen-year-old Tolya Korolenko is half Ukrainian, half Polish, and he joined the Soviet Red Army to keep himself alive and fed. When he not-quite-accidentally shoots his unit's political officer in the street, he's rescued by a squad of Ukrainian freedom fighters. They might have saved him, but Tolya doesn't trust them. He especially doesn't trust Solovey, the squad's war-scarred young leader, who has plenty of secrets of his own.
Then a betrayal sends them both on the run. And in a city where loyalty comes second to self-preservation, a traitor can be an enemy or a savior—or sometimes both.
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Thank you net galley for the advance reader copy of this novel. This was a YA novel set in WWII Poland/Ukraine and deals with the many different groups that try to seize power from the polish Resistance, to the UPA, to the NVKD, to the Nazis. I have not read a novel about this area and time period before and it was so rich in detail and character. Tolya is a main character and his story and the story of Solovey are told in alternating chapters and timelines. I really had to train my brain to remember who was with what group when to pull the story together. The title of the book, traitor, is also the theme of the novel as the characters are forced at different times to be a part of different groups. Well researched, well written and shines light on what it means to be a traitor. I loved every single page of this and hope to see more by this author!!!
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