Book Review: Front Lines by Michael Grant

* I have received this book for review from the publisher but this in no way affects my review *

Title: Front Lines
Author: Michael Grant
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Rating: 5/5 stars







Summary of Front Lines from Goodreads:

A tense, exciting and moving new drama from the bestselling author of the GONE series.
1942. The fate of the world rests on a knife’s edge. And the soldiers who can tip the balance . . . are girls.
Set in an alternate World War II where young women are called up to fight alongside men, this is the story of Rio Richlin and her friends as they go into battle against Hitler’s forces. 
But not everyone believes that they should be on the front lines. Now Rio and her friends must fight not only to survive but to prove their courage and ingenuity. Because the fate of the world is in the hands of the soldier girls.
The first of three books, this is Michael Grant at his epic best.

Book Review Summary:

When I first read the summary for the story, I was excited about the concept so I just hoped that this would be good. I was so happy then when I read the book it reached my expectations with its amazing characters and the fact that it was extremely well-written. 

Plot:

In an alternate time period of the Second World War, both women and men can now enlist into the army, with this we follow different female characters as they go to war. This was a very interesting plot as we get to see their lives before and how they change, especially see how the friendship of Rio and Jenou changes as they go to war. This also follows with the soldier training and the war scenes themselves also kept the novel intriguing and I was generally worried whether my favourite characters would die or not. Due to the diverse nature of the characters in was also really interesting to see how Grant dealt with racism and feminism in the Second World War setting as this really added to the story.

Characters:

The characters were also an important part of the story and were something that I really loved as they were the ones who added comic relief to a quite serious story. This was often done by Jenou and Jack who were some of my favourite characters in the book as they were really funny and was this was nice to see in the story. I also really enjoyed the character of Rio and it was enjoyable to the see her grow throughout the story and to see were her character will end up in future books. The relationships between characters were also really well developed and I also liked seeing them grow in the novel. 

Writing:

Michael Grant's writing was a great part of the book as it was extremely well-written and kept me invested in the story. This was also well done with the fact that the type-writing pieces at the beginning and the end give a sense of mystery throughout the book and the rest of the series which means that I just want to find out what happens next. I also like the fact that we see different characters in different situations so they link together well. Being a history student, I liked the fact that much of the writing was based on real events and that a bibliography was featured at the end of the novel. Overall, it was extremely well written and one of Grant's best works.

The Verdict:

This truly unique spin on World War Two is a great read and is definitely one of my favourites that I have read this year. 

Have you read Front Lines? Did you like it? Leave it in the comments below. 

See you soon, 

Amy
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