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Front Lines by Michael Grant

A tense, exciting and moving new drama from the bestselling author of the GONE series.

1942. The fate of the world rests on a knife’s edge. And the soldiers who can tip the balance . . . are girls.

Set in an alternate World War II where young women are called up to fight alongside men, this is the story of Rio Richlin and her friends as they go into battle against Hitler’s forces.

But not everyone believes that they should be on the front lines. Now Rio and her friends must fight not only to survive, but to prove their courage and ingenuity. Because the fate of the world is in the hands of the soldier girls.

The first of three books, this is Michael Grant at his epic best.

My thoughts
I really enjoyed this book. Regular readers of my reviews will know I can find historical fiction tough as I get far too critical about it and alternative history can send me into violent rages of hissy fits. I am very glad to report that I didn't have a problem with this at all.

For me why it worked is because it felt real. Obviously we know girls did not serve on the front lines during World War Two but reading this it felt like they could have. The accuracy in the other parts of the story made the whole thing feel real and I really enjoyed it for that. I also really like all the main characters and finding out more about their circumstances and reasons for joining up in the first place.

I'm already desperate to read the rest of the series as I cannot wait to find out more about where this series is going.