Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Published: March 22 , 2011
It’s 1941 and fifteen-year-old artist Lina Vilkas is on Stalin’s extermination list. Deported to a prison camp in Siberia, Lina fights for her life, fearless, risking everything to save her family. It’s a long and harrowing journey and it is only their incredible strength, love, and hope that pull Lina and her family through each day. But will love be enough to keep them alive?
I never thought I’d pick up Shades of Gray and enjoy it as much as I did. I’m the kind of reader who absolutely loves high fantasy and such. Basically nothing close to historical fiction. I was insanely surprised by this!
I have never read a Ruta Sepetys book before. And I’m so glad that I did because I am now a HUGE fan! Her writing is so flawless and beautiful and keeps me wanting more, more and more. I don’t think I’ve ever picked up a historical fiction novel and if I have it’s been a REALLY long time. I had to slow my pace down for this book because I didn’t want it to end.
Between Shades of Gray is about a family, Lina, her brother Jonas and her parents and how they get separated from their father on the way from Lithuania to Siberia to work in desolate farm. Her family was taken in the dead of night by the NKVD (from what I understand they eventually become the KGB) for crimes they have not committed and crimes they don’t understand are being charged against them and the whole Lithuanian race.
I absolutely loved the strength in this book. There was so much of it seeing these people go through so much pain, turmoil, and just hard times. The way that they kept hope and life alive among them, it was absolutely stunning. I cannot believe the power and just the sure will in all of these characters. Even ones you don’t think are strong as others, are incredibly strong.
Although I don’t know must about the historical aspects of this book, you could tell Ruta Sepetys did a very VERY good job of researching and accuracies. But this book was very moving, informative, powerful, heart breakingly beautiful and all in all one of the most amazing reads of my year.