Traitor

by McCrina, Amanda, 1990-

Format: Print Book 2020
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Summary
Poland, 1944. After the Soviet liberation of Lwów from Germany, the city is a battleground, its loyalties torn between Poland and Ukraine. Tolya is half-Ukrainian, half-Polish, and he joined the Soviet Red Army just to stay alive. When he shoots his political officer in the street, he's taken in by a squad of insurgent Ukrainians. Tolya doesn't trust them and especially doesn't trust Solovey, the squad's young war-scarred leader. He doesn't know just how well Solovey understands the cost of looking out for life over loyalty. Then a betrayal sends both on the run. Traitor is an action-packed thriller about a world where loyalty begets lying, traitors pass as saviors, and betrayal is a matter of life or death.
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "This riveting WWII novel starts with a literal bang when Anatoliy "Tolya" Korolenko, a half-Polish, half-Ukrainian 17-year-old orphan, shoots and kills an officer in his own division of the Soviet Red Army. This rash act puts Tolya in the path of Solovey, the nom de guerre of Aleksey Kobryn, leader of a Ukrainian paramilitary squad called UPA (Ukrainska Povstanska Armiia). McCrina (Blood Oath) illuminates the recent history of Galicia, a much-fought-over region claimed by both Poles and Ukrainians and occupied alternately by Germans and Russians in the mid-20th century. Crisp writing plunges readers into a brutal world rife with deception, betrayal (including scenes of torture), and occasional glints of compassion. Tolya's tale, relayed in the third person, takes place in 1944, while Aleksey's first-person narrative starts in 1941, when the then-19-year-old attempts to rescue his father, a Ukrainian nationalist leader, from prison. To dig much deeper into specifics would detract from the pleasure of this novel's hairpin twists, which begin early and continue to the final pages. An intricate depiction of a region whose complex history is likely to be unfamiliar to many in the United States. Ages 12--up. Agent: Jennie Kendrick, Red Fox Literary. (Aug.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects World War, 1939-1945 -- Poland -- Fiction.
Loyalty -- Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Underground movements -- Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Ukraine -- Lʹviv -- Fiction.
Race relations -- Fiction.
Poland -- Foreign relations -- Ukraine -- Fiction.
Poland -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union -- Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Historical fiction.
War fiction.
Publisher New York :2020
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 355 pages : map ; 21 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9780374313524
0374313520
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