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/HarperCollinsPublishers (NY)
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...
  • 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...
  • Katie B
    After reading the nonfiction book, The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II, I was eager to read more about Oak Ridge and the people who worked there. Unfortunately, not that many books have been written about the people however this historical fiction book looked promising. I'll admit I had some issues with the book, but overall I'm glad I read it.The author did a good job weaving historical facts into ...
  • 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.
  • Brittany
    This historical parts of the book were fascinating, but frankly I was not a big fan of the actual characters.. so I felt torn while reading it. A lot of research went into the book and that was the best part of it.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Cynthia
    Great read. Really loved the epilogue detailing what happens to each of the main characters.
  • Jenna Bookish
    I adore historical fiction and WWII is definitely my go-to time period when it comes to this genre. Reading the blurb, I had high hopes for Atomic City Girls, but rereading it now after finishing the book really brings into focus how much of a false impression of the book it gives.First and foremost, the romance storyline felt like it took up more of the novel than was justified. All of the major characters are working on developing a nuclear bom...
  • 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.....
  • Ace
    This book could have been so much more. My expectations were raised by the fact that it is not shelved here as a romance, but essentially it was exactly that with a bit of science. Very lightweight.
  • ☕️Hélène⚜️
    This book left me with ?. Felt like there’s no continuity it felt boxed. I mean you had the story of Joe with the black community then June, Sam, Tom and Cici with the occasional other characters. It wasn’t fast paced it was so slow. This book was read for my quarterly postal group!
  • 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!
  • Cammie
    The Atomic City Girls traces June Walker's journey from her small, rural hometown in Tennessee to Oak Ridge, Tennessee where she works in the Clinton Engineering Works turning dials for the war effort. The work is important and top secret but incredibly boring and tedious. June discovers much about herself and the world around her during her time in Oak Ridge. She makes and loses friends, falls in love, and gains independence. She becomes a far d...
  • 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...
  • Debbie Robson
    As a writer very interested in both world wars, I immediately grabbed Atomic City Girls when I spied it at my local library. The pictures scattered throughout the book are an excellent guide to the world that is a secret government project - Oak Ridge Tennessee.The novel focuses on the lives of June Walker, who grew up on a farm nearby, Sam Cantor, the young Jewish physicist from New York, African American construction worker Joe Brewer and Cici ...
  • 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...
  • Teri
    This is the fictional account of a few residents of the Clinton Engineer Works production installation in Oak Ridge, TN during World War II. The story follows the lives of several very different people whose lives intertwine during the production of uranium in the secret bomb-making city. June and Cici are two young girls who are placed together in a dorm and become fast friends. Cici is out to find her an Army husband and June is looking for an ...
  • 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...
  • Michelle Griep
    Interesting material for a non-fiction book. The trouble is that The Atomic City Girls bills itself as a novel. Granted, it could just be me, but boy howdy. . .I just did not connect with the characters. It was like they didn't care about themselves, so why should I? It didn't help that the writing was a bit simplistic as well. But on the up side, this story does portray what life was like living and working in a top-secret community. If you have...
  • Jess (bibliophilly_) B.
    WWII-era historical fiction is one of my all-time favorite genres, so I’ve read A LOT of those books. This one was unique because it took place only in America - more specifically Tennessee. I also really liked this read because although it bounced around from different character’s’ perspectives, the main people it focused on were women. I love learning about all of the (under-appreciated) ways that women helped the war effort, in a time th...
  • Karen
    I listened to this one. I never connected with the 2 main female characters. It was interesting to read about the secrecy surrounding the community that grew overnight to build the atomic bomb, but I was ok when the book was over.
  • Elyssa (Elyssa's Editions)
    I am someone who has always been pretty interested in the Manhattan project and the period in time surrounding advancements during WWII, but had never heard of anything happening Oak Ridge, Tennessee. This work of historical fiction helped shed light on some of the events that occurred during that time, as well as what life would have been like during the war in general. I was completely engrossed in the story and gave it a very uncommon 5-star r...
  • 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...