Review: Front Lines by Michael Grant

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Title: Front Lines (Soldier Girl #1)
Author: Michael Grant
Release Date/Publisher: January 26th 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books
Finished: April 25th 2016
Pages: 576-Hardcover-Borrowed from Library
1. Front Lines
2. Silver Stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:

1942. World War II. The most terrible war in human history. Millions are dead; millions more are still to die. The Nazis rampage across Europe and eye far-off America.

The green, untested American army is going up against the greatest fighting force ever assembled—the armed forces of Nazi Germany.

But something has changed. A court decision makes females subject to the draft and eligible for service. So in this World War II, women and girls fight, too.

As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, three girls sign up to fight. Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr, and Rainy Schulterman are average girls, girls with dreams and aspirations, at the start of their lives, at the start of their loves. Each has her own reasons for volunteering. Not one expects to see actual combat. Not one expects to be on the front lines.

Rio, Frangie, and Rainy will play their parts in the war to defeat evil and save the human race. They will fear and they will rage; they will suffer and they will inflict suffering; they will hate and they will love. They will fight the greatest war the world has ever known.

What I Thought:

When I first saw this way before it was released, I knew I had to read it. I do like historical books and the idea of an alternate story where women fighting in WWII sounded really interesting. I have trouble with war books usually because they tend to make me sad and so many horrible things happen. This was no exception but it was good too.

This book is divided into two sections. In the first part we got to know the girls and the narrator and how they came to join the army. The whole idea of there being women in that position during WWII was scary for a lot of them, but they still wanted to do their thing for their own reasons. And they each had their own different reasons, not necessarily out of duty either, which was interesting. I liked the basic training and how they adapted in different ways to their roles in the army.

The second part is a lot darker. We get to the actual battle, and there’s lots of fighting, frightening moments, and worrying about the characters we’ve met so far. There’s blood and tough decisions and horror that these girls and the other soldiers have to go through and I honestly don’t know if I’d be able to do some of the stuff they did. Rainy gets off the easiest since she’s more on the sidelines most of the battle, but Rio and Frangie are right in it and I just kept hoping they would be ok. I’m not saying if anything happens to any of them or not though, but there are other characters for sure that die. Some of it might be graphic for those who can’t handle that sort of thing, but I didn’t find it was too bad.
This was a really good book and I enjoyed it. There were some really nice moments with friends, family, and other people they loved, but these girls really dealt with a lot. If you’re into historical and even war books, you should really try this.

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2 comments on “Review: Front Lines by Michael Grant

  1. I’ve never heard about this one but alternate history stories about WWII always grab my interest! This sounds like it was a good one: emotional, intense and good characters! Thanks for putting it on my radar Kelsey!! 🙂

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