Saturday, June 28, 2014
Book Review: Prisoner of Night and Fog
Book 1 in a new trilogy
AUTHOR: Anne Blankman
PUBLISHED: April 22nd, 2014
GENRE: Historical Fiction
PREMISE: Gretchen has been part of Hitler's inner circle her whole life. When she finds out there was more to her father's death then she was told, she starts questioning everything...
MY REVIEW: I'll be quite honest: I loved this book. Was the romance tacked on? A bit, yes. Does it hinder the book any? Not a bit. This is good historical fiction period. The author very clearly did her research.
It's first and foremost a character study. A quietly done one, but a well done one. We have gotten a few of these "girl on the bad side of the war starts to question things and goes over to the good side, usually due to a guy." This one does do that, but it's actually very little to do with the guy she meets (I don't know why the summary tries to make it out to be, probably hoping to grab the romance readers I guess). This is also one of the few times I was able to believe her journey to coming around and seeing that what Hitler was doing was wrong.
In short, this was a fabulous book. Possibly it'll be on my top ten books for 2014. For sure it'll be on the top ten debut list. This is one of the more memorable ones this year.
WHO SHOULD READ: Book Thief fans, historical fiction fans, Code Name Verity fans
MY RATING: Four and a half out of Five girls rebelling against the system