Thursday, March 19, 2015

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys Review

Hey! JM here, co-blogger! and this blogpost is about the book Between Shades of Gray by Ruta sepetys. A critically acclaimed Historical Fiction novel that wrecked the hearts of many readers.

The hardcover of this edition is what I bought

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

I will point out 3 commendable aspects that i gathered throughout the book!

1st would be the characters! all the characters was outstanding! they literally stayed in me even though some of them is not that fully featured (you know what i mean Death) I hated some, like Mr. Stalas because of his cocky attitude and his side comments and his ugh... I hate him! but generally I loved all of them especially the main characters: Lina, his brother Jonas, Lina and Jonas's Mother Elena, and Lina's "boyfriend" Andrius. Also the side characters that was with the main characters throughout the book and gave more depth to the story! also i learned to love that hideous Mr. Stalas because of his growth in the end of the story! thanks, Mrs. Ruta Sepetys for the growth of Mr. Stalas, if it weren't for him I would have hated him forever.

2nd would be the plot and the writing style! seriously, Ruta Sepetys, Hands down to the plot because it captivated me with it's story and the theme! 1954 historical plot is just so interesting, and giving it a fictional characters but with a true story factor then mixed it together puts a really good book! the writing style as well, is hands down! so elegant and fully established the point of view of the leading character. So sympathetic as well, because you may encounter deaths throughout the book and with the writing style, you'll burst out into tears, for sure!

3rd and last would be story line! yep I did not fuse story line along with the plot because the Story line itself deserved a spotlight! so the story line is just... heartbreaking at the same time enjoyable! i did feel pity for the characters because of what they've been through all throughout the book but I also happens to enjoy myself suffering HAHA anyways, the story line, getting back, is just good, okay? it's dark and painful and... so much crying but i did enjoy the flow of the story!


I loved and enjoyed the book so much that it is a contender to my summer reads spotlight! but honestly though, i encountered some minor flaws like the deaths, because i find some of the deaths unreasonable? i don't know, i just don't like some characters to die because hey, just as i've said, because of their depth, I couldn't accept the fact that they are.. dead *cries* Mrs. Ruta Sepetys did a nice job of letting some characters bond with you then perish them afterwards for her pleasure HAHA *cries again* only that minor flaw but nevertheless, I would recommend it to readers who likes to suffer (joke!!) or simply loves the Genre Historical Fiction, like me, read this Masterpiece.
4.7 out of 5 starsssssss

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