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.