About the Book
Poland, 1944. After the Soviet liberation of Lwów from Germany, the city remains a battleground between resistance fighters and insurgent armies, its loyalties torn between Poland and Ukraine. Seventeen-year-old Tolya Korolenko is half Ukrainian, half Polish, and he joined the Soviet Red Army to keep himself alive and fed. When he not-quite-accidentally shoots his unit’s political officer in the street, he’s rescued by a squad of Ukrainian freedom fighters. They might have saved him, but Tolya doesn’t trust them. He especially doesn’t trust Solovey, the squad’s war-scarred young leader, who has plenty of secrets of his own.
Then a betrayal sends them both on the run. And in a city where loyalty comes second to self-preservation, a traitor can be an enemy or a savior—or sometimes both.
Another week, another WWII inspired story. I know, I know my thirst for knowledge on the subject has reached its peak this year with how many WWII books I’ve read. But I can’t stop because each one has provided me with such a unique and different perspective. And Traitor is no different. You will instantly find yourself swept up in this story of secrets and betrayal. In a time where someone finding out your secret could mean instant death.
You’re definitely going to want to set some time aside so that you can read through this book. For me this was a one sitting type of story and I just didn’t want to set it down. And while it’s a historical fiction story, and even though it’s one of my favorite genres, I could see many people who may not love the genre enjoying this book. Even though it’s set against such a terrible period in time it’s still got that something extra that makes you need to find out what is going to happen next. There are just so many twists and turns throughout that you become completely invested in the story and characters.
The thing that I liked best about this story is that the characters are so vivid and real. They’re not one dimension and they have a whole lot of grey in them. Which makes this book seem that much more realistic, because especially during this time period you had to have a little bit of vindictiveness in order to survive. But anyways, this is going to be an amazing read for historical fiction fans, thriller fans, those interested in WWII, and many more in between.
About the Author
Amanda McCrina was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her BA in History and Political Science from the University of West Georgia. She currently lives in Franklin, Tennessee.
She writes historical fiction for teens and political fantasy for adults.
*I received an arc in exchange for an honest review*