Scotland, 1940: At the Limehouse pub, the trails of the 4 protagonists of Elizabeth Wein’s gripping The Enigma Game intersect. The owner hires recently orphaned Louisa as a personal assistant to her elderly, feisty Aunt Jane, an arrangement that advantages them both; getting a activity has been tough for Jamaican-born Louisa because of her dark skin, and no one wants to care for a German female who may have once been a spy. Meanwhile, Ellen relishes the opportunity to conceal her Scottish Traveler heritage in the back of her respectable process as a army driver, and Flight Lieutenant Jaime Beaufort-Stuart definitely hopes to convey his crew domestic alive after every mission. He and his fellow airmen from the close by base every depart a sixpence in a crack in the Limehouse’s soft wood beams. If they return from their missions, they’ll use the money to shop for themselves a drink; if their planes are shot down, their coins will remain as tokens, small marks upon the world.
A rogue German pilot leaves a mysterious object behind at the pub. It looks a piece like a typewriter but has extra switches and dials. Its keys, while pressed, mild up, but the letter illuminated at the letter plate doesn’t fit the letter typed. Louisa and Ellen work together to grasp the Enigma device in order to break the German codes and feed Jaime the statistics he wishes to shop his pilots’ lives. But the codes themselves are once in a while in code, and an excellent large intelligence task waits inside the wings.
Readers will experience The Enigma Game as a standalone thriller or as a prequel to Wein’s 2013 Printz Honor book, Code Name Verity, and 2017’s The Pearl Thief (watch for a favorite person to appear—in disguise). Highly wonderful narrative voices spin a story of suspense and intrigue, which includes several brilliant incidents taken immediately from historical records, as Wein explains in her detailed “Declaration of Accountability.” The Enigma Game furthers Wein’s streak of exceptional historical fiction.
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