Front Lines

Front Lines

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"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 future of 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." -- From dust jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062342157
0062342150
Branch Call Number: YF GRANT-M
Characteristics: xv, 548 pages ; 22 cm

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MelissaYAReader
Jun 08, 2017

It's World War II and the United States has issued a law that both men and women are now eligible for the draft. This is the story of several brave and unique women who join the fight for their own reasons.

This book was addictive. Unfortunately for me it has a sequel "Silver Stars" and it doesn't seem to end there. I couldn't put it down and I even liked it enough to go on to book two. I have to admit that I am completely hooked!

The story is told from multiple perspectives. First you have a mysterious narrator who knows all three girls. She introduces the story and moves you through points of time in the three main characters' service. Then you have the perspectives of Rio, who enlists at the age of 17 after her sister dies in the Navy. She and her best friend Jenou will end up fighting in a unit with both women and men. Frangie is African American and enlists to use her income to support her family. She longs to be a doctor, and ends up as a medic. Finally their is Rainy, who is Jewish, and longs to make the Germans pay for what they are doing to her people. She ends up in Military Intelligence because of her skills with languages.

I didn't expect myself to like this book as much as I did. I honestly couldn't put it down. VERY GOOD!

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green_shark_673
Apr 12, 2017

I enjoyed this novel and I feel like it portrayed the war accurately from the points of view of both infantry and women who fought. This book is definitely going to be one I read many times.

AL_KELSEY Feb 14, 2017

I was very pleased that Michael Grant brought strong women to the forefront of this WWII alternate history novel. I also appreciate that one of the girls is African American and one is Jewish. The diversity is wonderful, and I can't deny myself a good war story.

KHCPL_Wagner Dec 16, 2016

An alternate history of World War II in which females are eligible for the draft, this novel follows three young women who enlist in the military.

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fionamarchetto
Jul 12, 2016

This book was great!

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maroon_chicken
Mar 03, 2016

This is an alternate history book about world war two; the premise is what would happen if females fought alongside males. I enjoyed the setting and characters. This entire book felt very vivid, and once it got started it was a great page-turner. It is told through three different perspecitves, which felt jarring occasionally when they would forget about one of the narrators for about 75 pages. The only error, as far as I could tell, was the use of the word "hack" in a way that wasn't consistent with the time when it took place. See this new yorker article for more on "hack": http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/a-short-history-of-hack

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