Front Lines by Michael Grant: Book review

Front Lines
Publisher/Year: January 28th 2016 Electric Monkey
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Series: Soldier Girl #1
Pages: 581
Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley
(Thanks NetGalley/Electric Monkey!)
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5


I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.

*This review may contain spoilers!*

Synopsis

It’s WWII, but not as you remember it from history lessons! This time the girls aren’t stitching socks for the brave boys at the front. Meet Rio Richilin and her friends Frangie Marr and Rainy Schulterman, three of the newest recruits in the US Armed Forces. They stand shoulder to shoulder with the boys from home as they take on Hitler’s army.
In the face of reluctant colonels and sceptical sergeants, the soldier girls must prove their guts, strength, and resourcefulness as soldiers. Rio has grown up in a world where men don’t cry and girls are supposed to care only about ‘money and looks’. But she has always known that there is something wrong with this system and something else in her. Far from home and in the battlefields, Rio discovers exactly who she is and what she can accomplish.


My review

I loved this book so much! When I saw this synopsis for this book ages ago, I knew immediately that I was going to have to at least give it a go, and I was so pleasantly surprised by the result. I knew Grant's other series, Gone, is hugely popular but it just completely passed me by, but this one certainly hasn't.

I loved the fact that this book not only dealt with gender issues, but race ones too without any worry from Grant on how it would be received. All of the main characters in this book were so unique, each coming from a different background and written so well.

There were only a couple of things I had a bit of an issue with: the sheer length of the book, which I was fine with but I know might put some people off, and the fact that no actual fighting or war happened until over halfway into the book. That's not to say that it was boring by any means, but it may have been a bit too much.

Front Lines is such a great piece of work and I cannot wait for the sequel!

Izzy

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