The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard

The Atomic City Girls

In the bestselling tradition of Hidden Figures and The Wives of Los Alamos, comes a riveting novel of the everyday women who worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II“What you see here, what you hear here, what you do here, let it stay here.”In November 1944, eighteen-year-old June Walker boards an unmarked bus, destined for a city that doesn’t officially exist. Oak Ridge, Tennessee has sprung up in a matter of months—a town of ...

Details The Atomic City Girls

TitleThe Atomic City Girls
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, World War II

Reviews The Atomic City Girls

  • Angela M
    3.5 stars rounded up.The title of this novel is a misnomer in some ways. It’s not just about the the women who worked for the Manhattan Project, called for purposes of security Clinton Engineering Works, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee in the 1940’s. It was about men as well, about what the everyday life was like at this place where they live and work on something secretive , a question of national security, they are told. Of course, there are people...
  • The Library Lady
    Clearly neither the author nor her editors have read The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II, a non-fiction version of the story here that reads like a novel itself. If they had, they wouldn't have published this cardboard character filled version of history.And if you've already spent time reading this, (and if you haven't, don't waste your time on it), read that one. The true women (and men) of Oak Ri...
  • Zoe
    Atmospheric, authentic, and immersive!The Atomic City Girls is a fascinating story that sweeps you away to Oak Ridge, Tennessee during the mid-1940s when WWII was raging on the battlefields of Europe, and back home the American government was funding a top-secret project that would triumphantly and tragically have a resounding effect on the entire world for years to come.The prose is captivating and vividly described. The four main characters Jun...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    For eighteen-year-old June Walker, the prospect of working at Oak Ridge is a chance to get away from home. She has no idea what she is actually doing at Oak Ridge other than she's helping the war effort. As she starts an affair with a Jewish physicist, Sam Carter, she starts to realize more and more what they are doing there. At the same time, her roommate Cici is trying her hardest to find a rich man and get away from her past life. African- Ame...
  • Sherri Thacker
    I really enjoyed this fictional book about how the atomic bomb was made and how secretive the whole thing was. The whole time I read it I felt like I was back in the 40’s and there are little black and white pictures throughout. Beautifully written and I really enjoyed the chapters as well. It’s not my normal genre of books but I’m so glad I read this one.
  • Lauren Hopkins
    Okay. I found what was going on in this book so super interesting from a historical perspective? But from a reader's perspective I was did this get past an agent let alone probably multiple editors and people with brains who read things? It is SO. UNBEARABLY. DULL. It's written about as interestingly as a cookbook from the 40s and since it's ABOUT the 40s I was like "is this intentional?" lol. It reads like the most basic book ever. Th...
  • Stephanie Anze
    "What you see here, what you hear here, what you do here, let it stay here."3.5 stars rounded upEighteen-year-old June Walker begins working in Oak Ridge, Tennessee in a facility called Clinton Engineering Works (CEW). Told only that she is helping the war effort, June is tasked with watching and adjusting a machine as are many more young woman like her. In the evenings, the women and men of the facility socialize in the town and June meets Sam C...
  • Onceinabluemoon
    I am an avid library abuser, last night I was number one for nine new releases, never one who wants to hold up the queue I can't wait to dive into the new stuff, loving historical fiction I grabbed this audio book first, after all I was number 29 in line for the kindle version, why wait! Bright and early I had my ears on and out to the garden I went... hmmm, it wasn't grabbing me, oh give it time, the meat of the story is just around the corner.....
  • Sarah
    20/4 - This was only so-so. I think that whoever included the uncaptioned photos made a mistake because in quite a few of them it was unclear what we were looking at (kind of like looking at a now deceased relative's old photos and trying to work out where they were taken and who the people in them are without the relative's input).Of the four main characters only one was sympathetic, but even then I didn't really enjoy reading his chapters becau...
  • Linda Zagon
    imageWOW! Janet Beard, Author of “The Atomic City Girls” manages to write an intriguing and captivating novel. The Genres for this novel and Historical Fiction and Fiction. The timeline for this story is the 1940’s. The story revolves around the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. A town is set up with segregated homes, and amenities for the residents working in Oak Ridge. Everything is secretive, and the workers sign confidentiality...
  • Cathy Daniel
    Finished in one day! And it was a busy day too. That's how amazing this book was. So interesting and I was fully invested in the characters. Loved the real pictures throughout the book, loved the epilogue. I enjoyed the different characters and their stories. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ this will be one of my favorites of 2018! Finished in one day! And it was a busy day too. That's how amazing this book was. So interesting and I was fully invested in the ...
  • Stephen
    novel based around the researching of the atomic bomb during the second world war
  • Deb
    Since historical fiction, particularly when it is set in the World War II era, is a favorite of mine I was excited to sign up this book tour. I like historical fiction that gives me a unique perspective of the war and I found the setting of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, a small town built by the government in order to do research and produce materials and components in order to beat Germany in building an atomic weapon, fascinating. Los Alamos, New Mexic...
  • Patricia
    THE ATOMIC CITY GIRLS is a quite good historical fiction which begins when the government begin acquiring the land on which Oak Ridge, Tennessee was built in the 1940's. The story is told by several different types of people who lived and worked there. These people, black and white, were helping to build the atomic bomb. Almost all of the folks employed at Oak Ridge had no idea what they were actually working on, and security was very tight. Ther...
  • Cindy
    The title of this book should have just been The Atomic City. The word “Girls” in the title led me the reader thinking that the storyline would revolve mostly around women living and working in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. However men characters took up too many chapters and Ralph in particular seemed to be just thrown in to take up space. I did enjoy the story though and actually learned a bit more about the Manhattan project and it’s relevance i...
  • Tammy
    Historical fiction is my favorite genre and I thoroughly enjoyed The Atomic City Girls. This book is a fictional account of true events. Janet Beard provided a glimpse into the then unknown city of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Oak Ridge was a city built by the government to work on building the atomic bomb. June is an eighteen year old woman who decides to leave home to work in the top secret city. While there, she meets and falls in love with Sam Canto...
  • Colleen Turner
    When I read the synopsis of The Atomic City Girls I knew I wanted to read it as soon as I could get my hands on it! I've read lots of stories that take place before, during, or directly after WWII, from a variety of angles and perspectives, but surprisingly enough I had not read anything that dealt with Oak Ridge, Tennessee or the secretive work done there. It was a whole new world for me to explore and I went into the reading with very high expe...
  • Katelyn
    A neat, fictional peak into the lives of some of the women and men who worked in Oak Ridge, Tennessee during WWII, helping create an atomic bomb (most unknowingly). June is a local girl working her first job monitoring and turning dials all day. Joe is an African American man living in a shack away from his family and working on a construction crew to send money home. Joe's friend Ralph is fighting for racial justice and better working and living...
  • Elizabeth☮
    This is an interesting story about the real pop up city in Tennessee designed to separate the atoms utilized to make the atomic bomb to drop on Japan (I am really simplifying the science for you as I don't want to get it totally inaccurate).The story revolves around four characters that find themselves working in the Oak Ridge compound in different capacities. This gives us the perspective of: a scientist; a poor girl given an opportunity to find...
  • Rebecca
    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, via LibraryThing, in exchange for an honest opinion. I appreciate the fact that the author set a book in Oak Ridge during the Manhattan Project. I am fascinated by atomic history, and there hasn't been a lot of fiction set in Oak Ridge. I do feel like the book tries to be too much like the non-fiction Girls of Atomic City. Even the title was just a bit too on the nose, even if there were rea...
  • Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
    I worked at a National Laboratory for 15 years. My father worked there for 32. We were in California, but I had contacts at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. I am familiar with security clearances and secrecy. I am aware of much of the history of the Labs and which ones did what work.National laboratories are like their own little cities and I loved this inside look at the beginnings of Oak Ridge. The girls who were hired to operate machines, but wh...
  • Gaele
    Told in four alternating points of view, the story covers a period of approximately 18 months in the secret town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. A government-built community focused on the enrichment of Uranium for use in bombs to be constructed in Los Alamos. Secrecy and isolation were the watchwords of this project, and we get a sense of what ‘may’ have been their thoughts. Cici, an uneducated country girl with a mean streak, determination to marr...
  • Stephanie Tracy
    Okay… so what was the point of this book, exactly? I’m not trying to be mean. Not trying to offend the author or imply that this was a stupid, pointless book. Not exactly. But now that I’ve finished it, I’m just wondering – why. I guess I picked this up hoping to learn a good deal about a secretive “Atomic City” in East Tennessee – called Oak Ridge. It was here in 1944 that a huge amount of people worked to produce the atomic bomb...
  • Chris Mara
    I was expecting so much more from this book so yes, I’m really disappointed. I understand there is another book on same topic out there; it is rated so much better for the writing and content. I’m going to read that one next. The main characters were:June - an innocent young farm girl being bussed out to work at the secretive, ever growing government facility in Oak Ridge TN. Her sweet innocence was attractive to one scientist, Dr Sam Cantor,...
  • Breon Randon
    Overall a decent book. It was actually strangely compelling, but I think this was due to the subject matter for me rather than the execution. I knew nothing about this at all, which not to sound conceited, is a bit rare for me (going in blind on a topic, that is.)I really loved the idea of intersecting storylines, but following the stories of four people who all have a place in developing the atomic bomb was a bit irritating. The characters just ...
  • Madame Mona Lisa
    The title of the book is a little misleading. This book is really about the men and women that came to Oak Ridge, Tennessee to work on the production of the secret atomic bomb. The Clinton Engineer Works at Oak Ridge, Tennessee was built for the sole purpose of enriching Uranium 235. This Uranium was used in the production of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. Although I would have preferred a little more physics in the book, I...
  • Patty
    I knew about the Manhattan Project and the goings on in the desert of New Mexico. Or at least what was taught to us in school and what I later read about in books. Who knows what really went on? What went on in Oak Ridge, Tennessee? Clueless. I will note that I am not a real student of American history – I have always been far more interested in the times that happened much earlier than the founding of this country. That being written, there ar...
  • Jennifer Gatto
    I did not know anything about Oak Ridge, a town in East Tennessee that was created to help in the making of atomic bombs. It was interesting how majority of the workers had no idea what they were creating and secrecy was a top priority. This book is based on true events.
  • Kathy Lautenschlager
    I learned quite a bit about the era even though this book is fiction. One of the reasons I read historical fiction is because the stories usually bring history to life.