Genre and Themes Young Adult / Historical Fantasy / World War II / LGBT+ / Family
Published October 2nd, 2018
Publisher Albert Whitman & Company
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When Wolf’s plane is shot down, his entire mission is thrown into jeopardy. Wolf needs Ilse’s help to develop the magic that will keep him alive, but with a spy afoot in Ilse’s laboratory, the letters she sends to Wolf begin to look treasonous. Can Ilse prove her loyalty—and find a way to help her brother—before their time runs out? (Via Goodreads)
“It did,” said Ilse. “But just because you want to be alone doesn’t mean you should be.”
And those were just the platonic relationships! The romances in this book are some of my favorite I’ve read in awhile. Wolf is demisexual and has strong but complex feelings for his friend Max from the very beginning of the book. They are reunited when he is sent overseas and their ensuing romance is one of the sweetest, most earnest relationships I have ever read about. I don’t know how to describe just how shippable these two are so you’ll have to just read it for yourself to understand.
What I mean was, Come on. We’ll pretend like I’m staying. We’ll pretend like you didn’t leave. We’ll pretend like we’ll both make it through this war.
And when he said yes, I knew he heard everything I hadn’t said but wished I could.
Everything about this book was just so real. The characters, the emotions, the dialogue. These two teens are dragged into a war and they are constantly grappling with whether they actually want to be there. Do they want to help kill people if it also means saving lives? Can they find a way to do good in the midst of all of the violence? I loved the deep reflection that came out of these characters that I had grown to love.
All quotes in this review are from an advance copy of the book and may be altered in the finished copy