Book Review: Between Shades of Grey
Not to be confused with Fifty Shades of Grey, Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys, is a beautiful historical novel about European civilians arrested by NKVD under Stalin’s regime.
Lena Kostas is a seventeen-year-old in World War II Lithuania, preparing to go away to a prestigious art school for the summer, when Russian secret police (NKVD) knock on her door and take her family prisoners. Separated from their father, Lena, her mother, and her little brother Jonas are declared criminals against the Soviet Union and shoved on trains set for Soviet-owned farms.
From nearly suffocating to death in a box car, to starving in labor camps, to nearly freezing to death in Siberia, Lena uses her artistic talent to record everything she sees, and gains a voice.
Between Shades of Grey paints a perfectly morbid picture of WWII from a completely different perspective. Ruta Sepetys gives a voice to thousands of people forgotten by history. This novel absolutely deserves to be a classic and I strongly recommend for anyone teenager or up.
Posted on October 22, 2014, in Top Stories and tagged Between Shades of Gray, Communism, Lina, Lithuania, russia, Ruta Sepetys, Stalin, World War II, WWII, WWII Books. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.