What if women were included in the armed forces during World War II? This is the premise behind this vivid portrayal of army life during WWII. The first part of the book focuses on several women and what led them to enlist in the military. Rio is currently the main star of the story, changing from farm girl to sharp shooter. The cast of characters come together during a battle in North Africa, based on events of the battle that really occurred. The result is a gritty, bloody realistic depiction of war.
This first book in a planned series works on many levels including the rich characters, vivid setting, and stark horrors of war. This blend of historical fiction and alternative history is a must-read for all teens. Highly recommend.
eGalley review Publication date 1.26.16