Between Shades of Gray

Between Shades of Gray Review

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.

Title:Between Shades of Gray
Edition Language:English

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    Between Shades of Gray Reviews

  • Maggie Stiefvater

    This is not a pretty book.Even though I found this novel exceptionally well-written, it was not a pleasure to read. It’s about Lithuanians displaced to Siberian work camps during World War II. It wa...

  • Sasha Alsberg

    Really loved this book and it's story because I personally have never heard about this side of the war before and I'm so grateful I know about it now. ...

  • Lora

    Actual rating: 4.5 starsAs soon as I saw this video, I knew I had to read this novel. Between Shades of Gray isn't the type of book I'd normally read, but I'm extremely glad that I decided to read it....

  • Barbie

    My thoughts in a nutshell Between Shades of Gray is a harrowing read. My thoughts will be shorter this time because I couldn't say anything about this horrid occasion. :-(The story is about…Skip ov...

  • Emily May

    Um... so I'm a bit torn on this one but I'm going to rate it 3.5 stars. I think what made it worse was all the bloody hype (like with Matched) that made me think this was going to blow my mind and...

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    Exactly a year before, the Soviets have begun moving troops over the borders into the country. Then, in August, Lithuania was officially annexed into the Soviet Union. When I complained at the dinner ...

  • Angela M

    I was so taken by the story of Lina and her family and all of the others that came to life here as they were deported from their homes in Lithuania, by Stalin's Russians to a work camp in Siberia. It'...

  • Ari

    'Now my heart sank into my stomach where the bile began to chew it.' Step on my heart, cut it wide open, rub it with salt and feed it to the sharks.. Or just make me read this book, because this i...

  • Nicole

    “Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning, my brother's was worth a pocket watch.” 4.5 stars What a touching story! World War II brought misery to the world, it's common...

  • Amalia Gkavea

    I will not go into the details of the story, nor will I offer my opinion regarding the events described. This is hardly the place for me to do something like that. Instead, I will comment upon how Rut...