Book Review–Victory (Resistance Book #3)

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Posted by Danielle | Posted in book reviews, First Second, graphic novel | Posted on 30-06-2012

Victory (Resistance Book #3)
First Second
Carla Jablonski (author) and Leland Purvis (illustrator)
July 2012

It’s the final battle. World War II is drawing to a close and the allied forces are moving to retake France from the Nazi’s. Paul, Marie, and Sylvie Tessier continue fighting for the Resistance in their own way. Paul’s drawing almost land him in jail, but he is saved by Lucille’s father. Sylvie continues to date the young German solider next door and getting information that is saving lives. And Marie…Marie finds a downed place and a young man badly injured. She nurses him back to health and discovers that he has important information for the Resistance movement in Paris. Paul must take yet another journey into the heart of Paris in the hopes of helping end the conflict for once and all.

The entire trilogy is perfect from beginning to end and is great for all ages.  Carla has crafted a story that helps the reader understand history, what the time period was like, not only for the resistance but some members of the Nazi party as well and that they too were human.  This is displayed even more clearly in this final chapter where we see the conflict within Paul’s family that is torn over lost memories, things they’ve had to do to survive, and choices they made to live.  I think what I like most about this series are the memorable characters that Carla creates, especially with Marie.  Through the course of three books we see how she grows and matures to help the resistance, and yet…in many ways is still just a young girl wanting her family back again.  It’s hard not to connect with the characters and allow us to see the war through their eyes, their reasons for choosing what they do and don’t do.

Leland continues to create beautiful artwork for the series, I especially enjoy the charcoal drawings by Paul that aid the resistance.  I love the contrast between the two mediums that it creates to the rest of the story. One of my favorite things about the artwork though is the details that can be found in the lines. The lines around their eyes, they mouths, even their hands that give them character and makes them come alive. I especially like the scenes when they are out in the fields at night. It feels like we’re with them under the starry skies, can feel the wind blowing against us, and the grass rustling quietly beside us.

I highly recommend every book in this series, its absolutely perfect for helping readers understand this aspect of World War II and would also be helpful in discussing conflict in family during war times. 5 out of 5 stars

Review copy provided by Gina at FirstSecond