“Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.
Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously–and at great risk–documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father’s prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.”
This is the same as with Flame In The Mist. I read this over a month ago and all I can remember is that I loved this book. Though the whole book you are afraid for the characters, who will live and who will die. Because you know in this setting, someone and probably a lot of people will die. I felt for all the characters, I just can’t imagine what it would have been like to be in that situation.
I adore the main character Lina and her family. She matures a lot though the story and she will stay with you as you finish the book. There was a romance element between her and a boy, but it was a small part of it. And I don’t mind it. I think it is wonderful if you can find love, or a positive emotion, in the horrible situation they are in.
I adore Ruta Sepetys’ writing, she made me feel like I was there with Lina, that I was going through everything she was going through and the description of the places they are at made me picture a very clear image. And this was her debut novel! I can’t believe that to be honest, it is such an amazing book.
As you can tell I love this book and I adore Salt To The Sea as well. Ruta Sepetys is one of my new and favorite authors ever, I will read everything she will come out with. And now I only have Out Of The Easy left, I probably won’t know what to do with my life once I finished that one.
Overall rating: 5/5 stars
Have you read Between Shades of Gray or any of her books?