Convince Me To Read (2): Front Lines by Michael Grant

Posted February 6, 2016 by Iris in Convince Me To Read, Features, Reviews // 0 Comments

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While we all have fairly similar tastes, sometimes we need a little push to read a certain book. The Convince Me to Read Review will be a review of the novel plus a section on why we think the others would enjoy it. It may lead to a Two Peas in a Pod Review!

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Convince Me To Read (2): Front Lines by Michael GrantFront Lines by Michael Grant
Series: Soldier Girl #1
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on January 26th 2016
ISBN: 0062342150
Genres: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 576
Format: paperback
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World War II, 1942. A court decision makes women subject to the draft and eligible for service. The unproven American army is going up against the greatest fighting force ever assembled, the armed forces of Nazi Germany.

Three girls sign up to fight. Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr, and Rainy Schulterman are average girls, girls with dreams and aspirations, at the start of their lives, at the start of their loves. Each has her own reasons for volunteering: Rio fights to honor her sister; Frangie needs money for her family; Rainy wants to kill Germans. For the first time they leave behind their homes and families—to go to war.

These three daring young women will play their parts in the war to defeat evil and save the human race. As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, they will discover the roles that define them on the front lines. They will fight the greatest war the world has ever known.


 

Iris’s Review

FRONT LINES is the first book by Michael Grant that I’ve read. When I read about the premise for this book I was sold. I mean, it seemed like such an original and intriguing take on World War II. After reading FRONT LINES I can tell you that it most certainly lived up to my expectations: what a long but incredibly compelling and captivating read!

FRONT LINES starts out quite slow, but this is one of those books that needs slow in the beginning. I don’t think I would have become as invested in the characters as I am now if I hadn’t been there alongside them at bootcamp, traveling from California to Georgia to Oklahoma to New York City and to North Africa on the Queen Mary. You need the background to become invested in these characters and I appreciate all the detail that has gone into this SO MUCH. The background stories, the journey to bootcamp, as well as all the historical details are what make this book so incredibly captivating to read.

What I loved most about FRONT LINES is that Michael Grant didn’t just stop at the imagined army life and conditions of women (and from the POV of three different women) during WWII. He also took in account how race would have factored in the army during the early 1940s as well. Rio Richlin is a white girl from a small town in California, Frangie Marr is an African-American girl from Oklahoma, and Rainy Shulterman is a Jewish girl from New York City. Not only does Grant tackle gender injustice and sexism, he tackles racism as well, which is something that would be very easy to forget when writing a book like this. The fact that Grant ‘tells it like it is’ and doesn’t shy away from having his characters making racial slurs and sexist comments makes it an incredibly confrontational and realistic story to read.

I am, and always have been, a huge fan of character driven stories and FRONT LINES did in no way let me down in this department. The characters are realistically portrayed: they’re flawed and have so much depth. Rio, Frangie, and Rainy all have their own distinct personalities, and have their own reasons for enlisting. The secondary characters, too, bring so much to the story.

The whopping amount of 576 pages are an absolute pleasure from beginning to end. It is such a compelling read and I cannot wait for the sequel to FRONT LINES to hit shelves! (Somehow I didn’t realize this would be a series until I reached the end of the book, imagine the frustration when I realized I coudn’t keep on reading when I wanted to SO BADLY). Seriously people, read this (looks pointedly at Dani and Jamie)!

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Sadly enough I see that neither Dani or Jamie has added Front Lines on Goodreads yet, which I am sure will change after I blow their minds with my amazingly effective persuasion skills. My new goal is for both of them to fit this book into their busy reading schedule.

I think both Jamie’s and Dani’s inner feminists will love this story. The three main characters in FRONT LINES all struggle to find their place in a male-dominated world and the way Michael Grant tackles gender injustice and sexism is really confrontational. Besides that, the characters have a LOT of depth, the secondary characters are fun and add to the story, the writing is pretty damn awesome, and the plot develops at a pace that I think is perfect for this story. I think both of them will feel for the characters and grow to care for them as I did.

Dani and Jamie have quite some time before the sequel to FRONT LINES comes out, so lots of time for them to find a place in their reading schedules to fit this gem in!

About Michael Grant

Michael Grant has always been fast-paced. He’s lived in almost 50 different homes in 14 US states, and moved in with his wife, Katherine Applegate, after knowing her for less than 24 hours. His long list of previous occupations includes: law librarian, cartoonist, bowling alley mechanic, restaurant reviewer, waiter, documentary film producer and political media consultant.

Grant and Applegate have co-authored more than 100 books, including the massive hit series Animorphs. Grant went on to write The New York Times and international bestselling series, GONE. His BZRK series takes participants on a roller-coaster ride across print and digital venues. His latest series, MESSENGER OF FEAR, is a morality tale, though since it’s written by Michael, the morality may be quite muddy at times. Front Lines, his latest thriller, will leave you turning pages far into the night. It is a reimagining of World War II

Michael, Katherine and their two children live in the San Francisco Bay Area, not far from Silicon Valley.

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