Monday, 27 June 2011

Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys

Title: Between Shades of Grey
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Published by: Puffin Books
Age Group: Young-adult
Hardcover: 344
Challenge: 2011 Debut Author Challenge
Howarts Reading Challenge 2011
2011- Young Adult Reading Challenge

5- Amazing!! I want to read it again!

Goodreads summary:

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 novel was so moving. I knew that it was going to make me cry and it did but it was just amazing. I’ve been writing this review over and over again because I can’t find the right words to do this novel justice, but I’m going to try.

Between Shades of Grey was a real eye opener to how things were for people in camps, yeah we have a basic image of how they lived and what they went through, but this novel shows all their struggles, their happy moments, their hopes and their losses. It shows you the parts that we shy away from and makes it real.

The characters were well rounded and easy to relate too. Lina was so strong and yet she had her flaws and she grew and matured as the novel went on and that makes her more of a character that people can like.

It had a good plot and was beautifully written, and unbelievably good story that will stay with you long after you have read the last page.

Plot 4/5
Character 5/5
Cover 5/5
Ending 5/5

Rating System

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Ruta Sepetys' website

1 comment:

  1. Well, I may have read my first book considered Y.A. since junior high school. I certainly hope this is representative of what's being published for young adult readers. Whether you'll find it an alarming introduction to Stalin's cruelty, or a poignant reminder of the horrifying human capacity for evil depends on your age. The book is well written and the story late being told.
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