Today’s book is Front Lines:
Author: Michael Grant
Series: #1 in the Soldier Girl Series
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Summary: 1942. The fate of the world rests on a knife’s edge. And the soldiers who can tip the balance . . . are girls.
Set in an alternate World War II where young women are called up to fight alongside men, this is the story of Rio Richlin and her friends as they go into battle against Hitler’s forces.
But not everyone believes that they should be on the front lines. Now Rio and her friends must fight not only to survive, but to prove their courage and ingenuity. Because the fate of the world is in the hands of the soldier girls.
I received this book for review from Netgalley, and Maximum Pop for an honest review.
So, this book was AH-MAZE-ING. All the gore and violence that I needed, but all the romance, or friendships too. The plot line was so integrated that I forgot that I was reading different people’s stories. The concept is absolutely brilliant, and this book showcases some real kick-ass characters.
I tell you what, it felt a little bit too long when holding the book, and you have to read at least halfway through to find the ‘War’ part, but I liked that Michael took his time to develop the characters, and their backgrounds.
Not only did Michael Grant represent the women who did actually fight in World War II, he took the opportunity to represent different people too:
Rio Richlin lost her sister to war. Jenou Captain doesn’t get on with her parents who drink. Rainy Schulterman is a Jewish girl. Frangie Marr is a black girl.
All of these characters have a backstory that affects their roles in society, but Grant has a particular way of making them unique, yet so similar.
Also, I really have a few things that need to be cleared up in the next book – Rio’s love life, and Aryeh’s baby. These two are things that I NEED to see, as they’re the two things that I want to know about now, other than who the mysterious narrator of ‘everything’ is.
Overall, a well-written, inspiring read that really opens your mind up to the world of war, and how it affects people.