Written By: Neal Bascomb
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books; Young Adult ed. edition (May 31, 2016)
I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher to review it for the Cybils Awards
I almost feel like I need a category on this blog for WW2 books at this point. Nothing says Christmas like reading about humanities failings over and over.
This is the kind of book that you could never make a movie of. Well, you could, but then you’d have all the book purists yelling about what got left out. It’s an exciting story that just couldn’t get condensed into 2 hours. So much detail. So that’s either right or wrong for you depending on your interest level of this subject.
This is a young adult edition of the best-selling adult book “The Winter Fortress” which I haven’t read, so I don’t know if the adult version has a better narrative or not. I had trouble getting through this one just because the facts seemed to bog down whatever storyline I could grasp at. I wanted a story- just could barely figure out what was going on.
The story told in this book is the destruction of the heavy water plant at Vemork and the destruction later of the heavy water stock being sent to Germany. Pages are describing the science behind heavy water which was helpful to me.
Overall, it is an important story to tell, but I wish that there would have been a central character to follow throughout the book.