Title: Prisoner of Night and Fog
Author: Anne Blankman
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: April 22, 2014
Genre: YA, Historical Fiction, Mystery
Series: Prisoner of Night and Fog #1
Summary (from Goodreads):
My thoughts . . .
An incredible novel that sheds fresh light on a ruthless leader through the eyes of a young lady from his inner circle, who falls in love with a Jew!
As a history nerd, I was extremely excited for this novel to come out, and I must say, it was no disappointment. Blankman crafted an incredible story, woven with the feelings many felt during that difficult time. Gretchen, the main character (who I adored!) has a difficult life. She might be loved by Hitler (as odd as that sounds) but she has an intimidating brother, who is not afraid to harm anyone or anything, a mother who refuses to intervene, and a father who sacrificed his life to save Hitler’s. But when Gretchen meets Daniel, she was hesitant of interacting with a Jew; it went against everything she was taught. But when she pushed those tainted thoughts aside, she learned the truth behind Hitler and the National Socialist Party. If you are not a fan of history, don’t let this novel scare you away. Putting the historical context aside for a moment, it’s a story about a young woman who discovers herself, and breaks free from what she has been taught and the people who have influenced her morals.
It has opened up my eyes. About what truly goes on in a person’s mind and how much hurt one may feel underneath all that stature and power. Personally, it has peaked my interest regarding Hitler’s complicated mind (but don’t forget, I love history).
I have found that YA historical fiction novels can be a hit or miss. They can either sound like a textbook, reiterating the facts of said time period, or artfully craft a wonderful story regarding a specific time in history. I can say with confidence that Prisoner of Night and Fog falls in the latter category.
Do not feel intimated by reading a novel about World War II (as book stores are flooded by novels of this topic) as Prisoner of Night and Fog shines from the rest. It sheds light on a different idea of World War II and Hitler’s rise in power. Instead of a book from the point of view of the Allies, how about from that of a woman who is loyal to Hitler, himself? Fascinating, right?
Overall . . .
All I can say is, Prisoner of Night and Fog will show you the interesting side of history, and unravel a beautiful story, filled with love, struggle, and a mysterious death. Please, if you have not read this book already, read it! You will not regret it, I promise! Instead, you’ll be anticipating the sequel like I am. . . and swooning over Daniel.