by Elizabeth Wein
Rose Justice is a transport pilot in WWII. The story begins in her journal entries, chronicling her daily jobs and her thoughts about the war, her disbelief that even the Germans could have anything as horrible as concentration camps. She calls this propaganda.
And then the story turns. Rose is captured and sent to a concentration camp herself, with the rest of the book being told in her journals after her release. Rose’s transformation from cocky pilot to broken survivor is gut-wrenching, and her stories of the women’s camp and her family of “Rabbits,” the women who underwent Nazi medical experimentation, are haunting- especially knowing the truth in the fiction.
Knowing that Rose survives the experience makes the book no easier to read. The descriptions of terror and hope and joy and pain are felt deeply. Beautifully written, a definite recommendation.