Between Shades Of Grey - Ruta Sepetys Review

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Released: April 3rd 2012 (first published March 22nd 2011) 
Publisher:  Speak

Pages: 338 (paperback)
Source: Library


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?


My heart!!!! This book was very emotional and very hard to read at times because of how terrible these people were treated and the conditions they were put in to live and survived in. 

It's about a girl named Lina and her struggle from being taken from her home along with her family. Lina and many other people from the Baltic states had to endure terrible conditions of living and were stuck in a cattle train for over a month while they were being transported to Siberia. Obviously many loving characters we become attached too become sick and die but some characters we begin to despise continue to live. 

This book revels many events that we just would rather forget or pretend didn't happen but at the same times this book always shows how hopeful these peoples still were even after how they were treated. This story even during some of these terrible events still leaves the reader with hope. I really liked the closure to this book as well and how in a way, it left us with a happy ending. 

I am very happy I read this book though because I hate to say it but I didn't know any of this had happened to these people in the Baltic states back in the day! And like the author mentioned I agree that these events that happened should be known a well as the events that happened to the Jewish in Germany.

Such a powerful book.


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