Today I have a review of Among the Red Stars by Gwen C. Katz and available now from Harper Books/Harper Teen!
This is the second book I’ve read recently about the Night Witches, and I have to say, I loved it just as much as the first. I am fascinated by these women, and there’s always more to learn and another perspective.
Valka is living in Russia during World War II. Her country is broken apart, and she wants nothing more than to help in some way. She’s already a pilot, and she knows she’s a great one. An all-female group of pilots is named, and she signs up immediately.
Valka’s plane is rather delicate in the best of conditions, and her mission is to drop bombs on German soldiers. This job is not easy. No aspect of war is, including a good friend of Valka’s, Pasha, who is fighting on the front lines.
The war continues to worsen, and Valka is at a crossroads. Will she continue with the Night Witches?
Among the Red Stars is narrated by Valka with letters between Pasha and Valka included as well. I LOVED these complex characters and was completely invested in what happened to them.
Valka is fierce and indomitable while she is expected to be weak by the men around her. Pasha is vulnerable while he is expected to be fierce.
Gwen Katz’s author’s note gives insight into the research she conducted to write this story. It never feels fact heavy, though. Instead, it feels powerfully emotional, and I was drawn in and immediately captivated with the storytelling. I sincerely hope Gwen Katz is writing another book!
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
World War Two has shattered Valka’s homeland of Russia, and Valka is determined to help the effort. She knows her skills as a pilot rival the best of the men, so when an all-female aviation group forms, Valka is the first to sign up.
Flying has always meant freedom and exhilaration for Valka, but dropping bombs on German soldiers from a fragile canvas biplane is no joyride. The war is taking its toll on everyone, including the boy Valka grew up with, who is fighting for his life on the front lines.
As the war intensifies and those around her fall, Valka must decide how much she is willing to risk to defend the skies she once called home.
Inspired by the true story of the airwomen the Nazis called Night Witches, Gwen C. Katz weaves a tale of strength and sacrifice, learning to fight for yourself, and the perils of a world at war.
Have you read Among the Red Stars, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR