Review: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
I was really torn on giving a review on this book. Lina is a 15 year old girl and her family was ripped from their home. They were basically sold in slavery. There were a lot of times I had to put the book down. It was a lot to take in. We learn about the time with Stalin reign of terror during school, but it is different from a person point of view like this that suffered during this time. It is heart wrenching, terrifying, but at the same time I wanted to keep reading. Lina and her mother and younger brother suffer tremendously both physically and emotionally. During all of this. She draws things that she has seen as the way she sees them. They have other families that they travel with on the way to Siberia. While there, Lina grows close to a boy named Andrius, who is with his mother. They are later torn apart and Lina and her family is moved to the Arctic Circle. The conditions they all have to endure in devastating and deadly. The way the book is written just sucks you in and you want to read to see what this poor girl and the people she is with could possibly suffer and survive through. This is an insight into history and reminds us of the travesties that have happened, that we don’t always want to remember, but happened just the same. I would recommend reading this even though I cried my eyes out at the end… It is truly a book that needs to be read.