Title: Front Lines (Book N0. 1 in the Soldier Girl series)
Author: Michael Grant
Publish Date/Publisher: January 26, 2016/ Katherine Tegen Books
Format: Hardcover – Library
Genre: Young Adult – Historical Fiction
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.
New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant has created a masterful alternate history of World War II in Front Lines, the first volume in a groundbreaking series.
I really enjoyed this book. It was super fun and very intriguing right from the start, never having a dull moment. I read this with ease, at it never got slow. Half of the time, I had to cover the next page with my hand, so I did not peek ahead and spoil myself!
I loved how we got POVs from all three gals. Rainy, Rio, and Frangie are all different, and it was so amazing to live through each of their eyes. I also loved how the girls stayed true to themselves through the whole process leading up to the battle. They were all still girls throughout this novel, and that was not forgotten.
Each character had great character development, whether it was a mental change or a physical change, each character developed in some way.
I also got to learn quite a bit about guns, slang, techniques, and what it might have been like if women were enlisted during that time. The only thing I did not particularly like about Front Lines, was that some scenes were too graphic. Although the imagery was great, it sometimes sickened me to read about descriptive wounds.
This book was such a great Historical Fiction read, and I highly recommend it!
Four out of five stars to Front Lines by Michael Grant.