The book is set in 1943 and is about two young women who are best friends that flew to Nazi-occupied France as British officers and crashed there. One of them is a spy for the British while the other is a pilot. The girls get separated and one is captured while the other is presumed dead.
Throughout the book the author keeps readers guessing about what happened to the missing girl, while the other is tortured for information on the British. The book is written as a compilation of all the notes and stories the girl is telling her captors, a confession of information. She tells the story of how she and her best friend met and what happened before they crash-landed in France. The book takes on a very shocking turn of events in the middle and keeps the feeling of suspense until the ending.
It is one of the most creatively written books I have read. Everything the girl writes about in her confession in the first part of the booksets up what happens in the second half so perfectly. It is an amazing story of bravery and friendship and I'm so happy to have read it. You don't have to be a big fan of wartime books to fall in love with this story.
This book has a very unique story line, which is set in the distant future where the Society calls all the shots for its citizens. Cassia is a young 17 year old girl living in this new world where everything is planed by the Society and everyone follows that plan. No one ever questions why they can’t choose where to live, what to eat, where to work, and most importantly who to love. By a series of events Cassia begins to question the Society and their decisions to the point where she is put into very difficult positions. She either pretends nothing is wrong and keeps living a life that was planned for her, or she can start to break free of an oppressive world and start thinking for herself.
I loved this book because it had so many different elements in it that you usually don’t find in a book. The author incorporated a couple poems into the story line and by doing so added another way of understanding what the characters were feeling. The book also makes the reader look at how the little things in life you choose for yourself are a blessing to be able to choose, because those choices can so easily be taken away. By the end of the book you will feel a sort of empowerment from the main character of Cassia and will finish it wanting to read more of her story.