Front Lines (Soldier Girl, #1)
by Michael Grant
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Front Lines is an alternate history of World War II, exploring what could have happened if women were allowed to fight on the front lines of battle. This is a multiple perspective book that details the lives of 3 girls who have enlisted for a variety of reasons. One is a black medic, who must overcome sexism as well as racism in order to serve her country. Second is a Jewish girl from New York, who works in army intelligence. And the third perspective, is from a girl who is forced to re-examine who she believes she is in order to accept her new talents to further the USA’s goals in Europe. All three of these girls have very different experiences, and provide the reader with a glimpse into previously unexplored possibilities while still accurately describing the true horrors of war.
Review: I received this ARC from EpicReads! in exchange for an honest review. I have mentioned this book previously on my blog and was very excited to finally read it. Within the first couple of pages, I fell a little bit in love with this story. It opens with an unknown, almost omniscient, narrator who introduces the characters to the reader. It gave me chills and reminded me a lot of the narrator used in The Book Thief. However, I was a little disappointed to discover that this narration occurs for only about 10 pages of the entire novel.
I also would have loved to hear more from the perspective of the soldier working in intelligence throughout part I of the novel, when they are receiving their training. This was such a unique perspective and I feel like it could have used more fleshing out and attention.
Although the beginning of the novel dragged a bit in some places, I was really impressed with Grant’s writing during the conflict scenes, and started flying through pages once Part II arrived. Now that the girls have officially transitioned into combat life, I could easily see myself enjoying the next installment of this series. I found this to be a great start to a very intriguing series.