Between Shades Of Gray
By Ruta Sepetys
This is NOT a part of the Shades of Gray series! I don't know how many people gave me disgusted looks while I was reading this, and I had to explain to them that I was not reading porn in school, because it is not. The shades of gray in this case refers to the areas between right and wrong, sometimes called the gray area.
4 out of 5
Fifteen year old Lina Vilkas was a happy child living in Lithuania, that is until they came for her family. Taken in the middle of the night Lina, her brother Jonas, and their mother are marched out of their house by the NKVD (Soviet police) and put on to a train with other people on the list. This story explains Lina's journey across Russia and Siberia as the NKVD take them from prison camp to labor camp to worse.
I thought this was really good! It really showed a part of WWII that doesn't get talked about a lot and I thought that was amazing. When I was reading it, it reminded me a lot of Code Name Verity because it discussed things that did happen, but that we don't learn about in school. I thought Lena was an amazing lead character, and she was so brave and she never gave up hope of living through her ordeal. If you like WWII, which I do, this is a great book to read.