That morning, my brother's life was worth a pocket watch...
One night fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother and young brother are hauled from their home by Soviet guards, thrown into cattle cars and sent away. They are being deported to Siberia. An unimaginable and harrowing journey has begun. Lina doesn't know if she'll ever see her father or her friends again. But she refuses to give up hope.
Lina hopes for her family.
For her country.
For her future.
For Love - first love, with a boy she barely knows but knows she does not want to lose...
Will hope keep Lina alive?
I am absolutely blown away by this book. The writing is, quite simply, sublime. When you read a book with such a heavy storyline, you find you're psyching yourself up to reading but with Between Shades of Gray, the writing is so beautiful that you find time is falling away as you get pulled into the horrors of Lina's story. Before you know it, you've finished the book.
The characters are many things, some are vile, some are evil, some are desperate and helpless, but my favourite is definitely Lina, the main character. To have hope despite everything that has happened to her is incredible. I love how she uses her art as a way to vent how she feels about her captors. It's such a dangerous thing to do but she documents her struggles anyway. It's really admirable.
5 stars - This is my absolute favourite book of the year so far. If I could give it more than five stars I would. I think this book is going to be with me for a long time.
A Final Note
If you are of a sensitive disposition you probably shouldn't read this. As much as I adored it and am raving about it there is some violence and death. There are also two instances of swearing. Not recommended for younger teens.
- Book Summary from the back of the book
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