Front Lines (Front Lines Series #1)

Front Lines (Front Lines Series #1)

by Michael Grant

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ISBN-13: 9780062342164
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/03/2017
Series: Front Lines Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 145,230
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.50(d)
Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Michael Grant, author of the Gone series, the Messenger of Fear series, the Magnificent Twelve series, and the Front Lines trilogy, has spent much of his life on the move. Raised in a military family, he attended ten schools in five states, as well as three schools in France. Even as an adult he kept moving, and in fact he became a writer in part because it was one of the few jobs that wouldn’t tie him down. His fondest dream is to spend a year circumnavigating the globe and visiting every continent. Yes, even Antarctica. He lives in California with his wife, Katherine Applegate, with whom he cowrote the wildly popular Animorphs series. You can visit him online at www.themichaelgrant.com and follow him on Twitter @MichaelGrantBks.

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Front Lines 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. Its so interesting to see this book include women in WWII. It also makes you realize the men and women are all just human. The problems and concerns that arise from these women are similar to those that arise from men.
ReadingwithErin More than 1 year ago
"See, Gentle Reader, I know the rules of war stories. I know I'm supposed to present a tale of patriotism, of high-minded motives and brave deeds, hardships endured with a stiff upper lip and a wry grin. I'm supposed to tell you about the brotherhood- and now sisterhood- of soldiers. But there's one thing I cannot do as I pound these typewriter keys, and that is lie. " When I first heard about this book, I knew I had to read it. Front Lines is an alternate history of WWII where women were allowed to be drafted and fight in the war. It follows three main characters: Rio Richlin – a California farm girl talked into joining the war by her best friend Jenou. Frangie Marr- An African American girl who joins due to family reasons. She wants to be a medic. Rainy Schulterman- A Jewish-American who wants to be an intelligence officer, and to destroy the Germans. It switches points of view every few chapters, but Rio gets focused on the most. We also have important side characters that each of the girls have. They end up making the story even better, and even funny moments happen. We see them become comrades with the men, and gain respect as time goes on. We follow the women though enlisting, training, and then one battle in the war. We see the struggles they face each different in their own ways. Rio faces the general disgruntled-ness of the men about women being allowed to fight, and the hardships that come with that. Plus the hardships of training and living away from home for the first time ever, and the added in fear of going to war. Once at war she not only excels at what she was taught but does better than the men. Which causes the men to get upset at her, and blame everything else but themselves on why she did better than the. Frangie not only has to deal with being a woman enlisted, but also the prejudice of being black. She also really struggles with the physical part of training, but excels at others. With the help of an older Sergeant she gets what she wants, but that is just the beginning of her struggle and she will suffer the most out of any of the girls. We don’t get much of Rainy’s story compared to the other two. We know that she gets to be in intelligence, but it just ends up being a glorified secretary until her ability to speak German is needed and then she is immediately moved to a different department, where she gets to translate and later on even deliver a message to a set of troops. The girls don’t all meet until almost the end of the book, but when they do, they band together and take a German hostage. “Now I know why they never let women fight wars, Too mean.” Grant did an amazing job, of telling this story. This isn’t just a story of woman fighting in the war, it also seems pretty accurate with war details, and at the back Grant even lists all of the books he used for references. It does get graphic at times, but that was to be expected with a war story, and makes it seem all the more real. I can’t wait for the second book, and see what happens to the women next. "It's coming to and end, this war, but I still have a lot of story to tell. There's Sicily and Italy and France yet to write about. A whole lot of war there."
anythingnovel More than 1 year ago
I received this ARC from EpicReads! in exchange for an honest review. I have mentioned this book previously on my blog and was very excited to finally read it. Within the first couple of pages, I fell a little bit in love with this story. It opens with an unknown, almost omniscient, narrator who introduces the characters to the reader. It gave me chills and reminded me a lot of the narrator used in The Book Thief. However, I was a little disappointed to discover that this narration occurs for only about 10 pages of the entire novel. I also would have loved to hear more from the perspective of the soldier working in intelligence throughout part I of the novel, when they are receiving their training. This was such a unique perspective and I feel like it could have used more fleshing out and attention. Although the beginning of the novel dragged a bit in some places, I was really impressed with Grant’s writing during the conflict scenes, and started flying through pages once Part II arrived. Now that the girls have officially transitioned into combat life, I could easily see myself enjoying the next installment of this series. I found this to be a great start to a very intriguing series.
Anonymous 5 months ago
The first book in a three part series that is one of the best books/series I have read in a long time. The characters were well developed. The alternative world was not so different that I got lost in the world and could not pay attention to the characters and stories. The plot lines were true to life and went along at a fast pace, no boring spots. The ending was well rounded and satisfying. I will go back to read this series often.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This entire trilogy blew my mind! Its honestly a mistake if you DONT read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very much enjoying the characters and writing style
cts827 More than 1 year ago
This is a different take on World War II - the military has been envisioned with female soldiers mixed with traditional male soldiers on the battlefield. It examines several women, two friends from a small town, a Jewish woman from New York and a black girl from Oklahoma. They all have different reasons for enlisting, but they probably would have been drafted! I enjoyed reading the story, as different as it was. The concept was intriguing and I wanted to find out what would happen next. The characters and plot are well developed. It was history rewritten with a twist. I highly recommend this book. It was a B&N serial read on my Nook App - a few chapters were delivered each day during the month. The fact that I could not read the book all at once gave me anticipation for the next chapters each day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very satisfying story! Character are well thought out. While there was no cliffhanger at the end you knew there had to be more coming and you didn't want to miss out on it. I'm moving on to the next book "Silver Stars"! Can't wait!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book grabbed me right away and i was surprised how much i loved reading it , i am anxious to read the next book!!
HillbillyLill More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued by the idea of women fighting at the front lines during WWII, and this book didn't disappoint. I am looking forward to the other two books in this trilogy.