A suspenseful historical YA debut inspired by the true story of an all-female bomber unit in Russia during World War II.
World War II has erupted in Valka's homeland of Russia, and Valka is determined to help the effort. She's a pilot—and a good one—so she eagerly joins an all-female bomber regiment.
Flying has always meant freedom and exhilaration for Valka, but dropping bombs on German targets is something else entirely. The raids are dangerous, but as Valka watches her fellow pilots putting everything on the line in the face of treachery, she learns the true meaning of bravery.
As the war intensifies, though, and those around her fall, Valka must decide how much she is willing to risk to defend the skies she once called home.
Inspired by the true story of a famous all-female Russian bomber regiment, Gwen C. Katz weaves a tale of strength and sacrifice, of learning to fight for yourself, and of the perils of a world at war.
Such a fantastic book! And it's release date of October is pretty brilliant, because that's a month of curling up with a good book and a hot drink, and this book fits that! Plus, Russia/USSR is cold, and there's two winters in this book.
I really enjoyed the way this book was told. We got narration from Valka, and then we had the letters between her and Pasha (who I think has some form of synesthesia because he sees sounds in colours) a long-time friend, as they're separated by the war. It gave us a more in-depth look at the war.
There were two major things that bugged me. Not about the book, but what the characters had to face. One, the new order that declares anyone missing in action, or captured, a traitor. That's just horrible. And how hard it was to be a female pilot. And how when the guys were insulting girls, well, it's kinda like they're insulting their country, the Motherland, which is female, as well.
It's kinda funny, both those major issues come together in that ending! There's a rescue that needs happening, and Valka. It was thrilling and it was awesome, and it made for an awesome climax, because the epilogue was the end of the war. Yeah.
Such an awesome book, it was just really enjoyable to read!
Author: Gwen C. Katz
Read: September 3rd, 2017
Reason Why: Sounded really great, and it's a DAC Book, Historical Fiction 2017 Book and aa SAC 2017 Book!
Expected Publication: October 3rd 2017