Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming books that we eagerly anticipate.
by Michael Grant
Series: Soldier Girl #1
Published on January 26th 2016
by Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: Historical Fiction
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Perfect for fans of The Book Thief and Code Name Verity, New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant unleashes an epic, genre-bending, and transformative new series that reimagines World War II with girl soldiers fighting on the front lines.
World War II, 1942. A court decision makes women subject to the draft and eligible for service. The unproven American army is going up against the greatest fighting force ever assembled, the armed forces of Nazi Germany.
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: Rio fights to honor her sister; Frangie needs money for her family; Rainy wants to kill Germans. For the first time they leave behind their homes and families—to go to war.
These three daring young women will play their parts in the war to defeat evil and save the human race. As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, they will discover the roles that define them on the front lines. They will fight the greatest war the world has ever known.
Why I’m waiting:
Well, for a number of reasons really.
1. I’ve read the first two books in Michael Grant’s Gone series (Gone & Hunger, I think), and while I wasn’t a massive fan, I loved his creativity and I’m interested to read more of his work.
2. That concept. I mean, woah. It’s easily become one of my most highly anticipated books of 2016. Female soldiers? WWII? Feminism? Yes, yes, and did I mention yes?
3. One of the biggest problems I had with Gone & Hunger was their subtle sexism – there’s no real positive female characters, they’re all arm candy for the hero males or incredibly shallow. Now he’s writing a book with three female protagonists? I’m hoping to see some improvement there.
4. The WWII setting is going to remind me of Captain America who is my ALL-TIME FAVOURITE HUMAN BEING EVER! And a lot of my favourite movies (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Book Thief & The Imitation Game) or are also set during this time period so no pressure or anything, but I’m expecting a lot!
Question of the Day: Have you seen the Captain America movies (The First Avenger & The Winter Soldier, FYI) or any of the other movies I mentioned? Thoughts? Oh, and are you are a Marvel fan?