Nadya has earned the nickname of Little Boar as a pilot within the Russian Red Army’s 586th all-female fighter regiment during World War II for her fierce determination and charging the enemy. Nadya dreams of becoming an Ace pilot and bringing pride to her family for her service during the war. However, when an aerial fight leaves Nadya as the only survivor and with burns and trauma, she struggles to fly again. Nadya soon finds herself addicted to morphine and able to fly, bent on revenge to shoot down the German Pilot who killed her friends. She also finds herself under investigation with a very dangerous man. With the help of her friends, her mechanic Karla and new partner, Alexandra, Nadya continues to fly and come closer to becoming an Ace as well as shooting down the German pilot.
Nadya's war pulled me into the world of female pilots during the war. While I was aware that women from several countries fought in the war, I did not know about the Russian all-female fighter regiment. Nadya's point of view was very interesting, since she is very eager to prove herself, but does not fall in line with Stalin's values; primarily, Nadya is still religious. The aerial fights drew me in the most, I could see the details of the planes and feel the adrenaline of the maneuvers. The characters that made of the regiment were all interesting, however, I do wish some of the others were fleshed out more. Nadya was steadfast in her beliefs, to the point of being boorish, earning her a nickname. At points she did seem immature, although, like many of the others fighting in WWII, she was very young. The romance that was introduced was very surprising, especially for Stalin's Russia, this was ok with me, but didn't seem to have enough of a prominent role. The story arc seemed to be lacking something for me, I felt like I was waiting for something that didn't happen. Either the romance or the revenge story needed to come to a head in a bigger way. Overall, an intense story of women fighter pilots in World War II.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.