Title – Front Lines
Series – Front Lines #1
Author – Michael Grant
How I Got It – Bought a copy
Pages – 466 pages
Publication Date – January 26th 2016 by Electric Monkey
ISBN – 9781405283410
My Rating – ★★★/5
“It’s 1942. The fate of the world rests on a knife’s edge. And the soldiers that can flip the balance… are girls.
Set in an alternate WW2 where young women are called up to fight alongside men. This is the story of Rio Richlin and her sisters-in-arms as they go onto battle against Hitler’s forces.
But not everyone agrees that girls should be on the front lines of war. Now Rio and her friends must fight not only to survive, but to prove their courage and ingenuity to a skeptical world.”
My mum actually bought a copy of Front Lines last year but it somehow ended up on my bookcase. I’m not complaining though.
I thought the idea of women volunteering and being drafted into the armed forces during WW2 was interesting and was written really well too. There are things that have been included in this book, like racism, sexism and prejudices that were really frustrating to read but because of the time this book is set I get why it had to be included. This is meant to be a different take on WW2, not a different world all together. It’s still America in the 1940’s.
Speaking of the racism, sexism and prejudices in the 1940’s, reading about them in Rio, Rainy and Frangie’s perspectives was so frustrating. I can’t believe the things women had to put up with, and some still do. There was so much sexual harassment from the male soldiers is was ridiculous. And on top of that, Frangie is an African-American medic, who isn’t supposed to treat white soldiers or even serve with them because the army was segregated. Or all the armed forces were. I’m not sure because the characters in this book, Rio, Rainy and Frangie are all in the army. But I thought it was so stupid. I would think people would want an army united against the enemy, not divided by race. But like I said, it needs to be included in this, even though I don’t like it, because this story is based on actual events in history. The author has just tweaked some things.
I actually liked Front Lines and loved Frangie, Rainy and Rio. They are all strong young women and I can’t wait to see what’s next for each of them. I don’t know how many books are in this series. But I’m looking forward to reading all of them.