Book Review: Between Shades of Gray

Ruta Sepetys‘ first novel is a triumph in humanity. Between Shades of Gray is a must read for everyone.

In every age, there are books that challenge your world. Or at least, the world you believe exists. That force you to see the wrongs that were done and could be done again.

This book does that. And so much more.

This is a book where “one girl breaks the silence of history.”

The most horrible reality is forced upon Lina, a 15-year-old girl deported from  Lithuania to Siberia. She endures unspeakable brutalities.

Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning, my brother’s was worth a pocket watch.

The book sheds light on an era in history that is not well known. What Stalin did to to Eastern European nations after he invaded. His systematic deportation and mass genocide. The cruelties that the survivors dared not speak of for fear of being sent back to Siberia.

This is their book. And Ms. Sepetys awakens everyone to the horrors that tested their humanity.

One of the most beautiful and important books I will read in my life–that is how I would categorize Between Shares of Gray.

I hope to one day write a book of such value.

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