Between Shades of Gray

Ruta Sepetys
A moving and haunting novel for readers of The Book ThiefFifteen-year-old Lina is a Lithuanian girl living an ordinary life--until Soviet officers invade her home and tear her family apart. Separated from her father and forced onto a crowded train, Lina, her mother, and her young brother make their way to a Siberian work camp, where they are forced to fight for their lives. Lina finds solace in her art, documenting these events by drawing. Risking everything, she imbeds clues in her drawings of their location and secretly passes them along, hoping her drawings will make their way to her father's prison camp. But will strength, love, and hope be enough for Lina and her family to survive?This powerful tale of heartbreak and hope is sure to haunt readers long after they finish the last page.


Reviewed: 2019-11-29
WOW. Wow. The Baltic deportations is not something I knew a lot about from this time period but it's so horrific. I can't believe how long AFTER the war ended people were still in work camps. The things people did during that time period are unfathomable and at times this book feels like a fictional world even though I know it was based on real events and things that *really* happened. It is a story that needs to be told and I'm glad it was. However, this book and story didn't really grip me. It was very easy to read but I didn't find myself needing to fly through it, know what happens, or care about any of the characters. Probably because this book was more plot-driven than character driven, the latter of which I prefer. I still do love historical fiction and reading about things like this, however awful they may be, to educate myself, but I didn't *love* the book overall. Am I emotional about it? Heck yeah. But I didn't find it to be a fantastic book. Necessary yes, amazing no.
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