#1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Wein delivers an exhilarating, unmissable thriller that finds three very different young adults united to decode a secret that could turn the tide of World War II
Facing a seemingly endless war, fifteen-year-old Louisa Adair wants to fight back, make a difference, do something--anything to escape the Blitz and the ghosts of her parents, who were killed by enemy action. But when she accepts a position caring for an elderly German woman in the small village of Windyedge, Scotland, it hardly seems like a meaningful contribution. Still, the war feels closer than ever in Windyedge, where Ellen McEwen, a volunteer driver with the Royal Air Force, and Jamie Beaufort-Stuart, a flight leader for the 648 Squadron, are facing a barrage of unbreakable code and enemy attacks they can't anticipate. Their paths converge when a German pilot lands in Windyedge under mysterious circumstances and plants a key that leads Louisa to an unparalleled discovery: an Enigma machine that translates German code. Louisa, Ellen, and Jamie must work together to unravel a puzzle that could turn the tide of the war--but doing so will put them directly in the cross-hairs of the enemy. Featuring beloved characters from Code Name Verity and The Pearl Thief, as well as a remarkable new voice, this brilliant, breathlessly plotted novel by award-winning author Elizabeth Wein is a must-read.
Elizabeth Wein was born in New York City, grew up abroad, and currently lives in Scotland. She is an avid flyer of small planes. She also holds a PhD in Folklore from the University of Pennsylvania. Visit her at www.elizabethwein.com.
“Even if you’re not one for “war stories,” you’ll likely get caught up in the breathless thrill-ride of Wein’s newest World War II novel. …its twisty plot, multivoiced narration and poetic prose make it fly by. It’s an illuminating historical read and a realistic depiction of the costs of war.”
—The New York Times Book Review
* "gripping.... Readers will enjoy The Enigma Game
as a standalone thriller or as a prequel to Wein's 2013 Printz Honor book Code Name Verity
...The Enigma Game
furthers Wein's streak of excellent historical fiction."—--BookPage, starred review
* "this is historical fiction at its finest...another soaring success."—--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* “compelling and emotionally taut…Wein's story of unexpected friendship and empowerment during wartime is intelligent, compassionate and thrilling."
—Shelf Awareness, starred review
* "a comprehensive, believable, and engaging page-turner that should not be missed."—--School Library Connection, starred review
* "cleverly plotted...a rich work of historical fiction."—--The Horn Book, starred review
"exhilarating and atmospheric.... Just the ticket for lovers of historical thrillers and Wein's many fans."—--School Library Journal
"dramatic and informative"—--BCCB