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Between Shades of GraySsages 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 6500 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. '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 is how it feels like reading this storyHow can I call “wonderful” a book full of so many horrorsBut I will because it really is and what pains me the most is that it's all true that this is a really tiny part of the darkest piece of our history as human beingsYou thought this was repugnantWell think again because this was only the beginning What was left unspoken is what repugnance is really aboutI will confess that I was bracing myself for worse and even though for many of you some scenes were horrifying I know that this was nothing compared with the horrors that have happened in that period of timeWe learn about it in school we know about it from books there are movies and documentaries that will break your heart because I repeat nothing hurts than knowing that these things happened it's not fiction it's history one written in blood and suffering and death This story touched me in a way I could barely explain I felt so much disgust and anger that I could tear the book apart It gave me so many goose bumps that I didn't remember for a uite while how smooth skin felt likeYes you were all right; this is a powerful story full of emotion that will make your soul bleed and your eyes tearIt's strange how can you find love and hope in such a hopeless place The story was not as brutal as I thought it would be but it broke my heart in many other waysIt was their hope that broke me down their smiles their jokes and Lina's memories from long gone happy times As a side note I should mention how much I loved the transition from present to past how one scene melted into another how the past faded right in front of my eyesIt was the love that killed me softly it was seeing that those broken hearts could still find inside them the force to care when there wasn't almost any good left for them in the worldAnd it was their force to keep going that made me love this book because they were stronger when their body was weak when their life was fading away when they still held tightly to their dreams even though they knew those were never to come true againThe cover is absolutely perfect It shows all the hope that filled their hearts even when some of them were giving up their last breath It reveals a piece of the settling but also it shows that in all that coldness with which they were treated very few people showed them just a bit of mercy The characters are so complex and they bring so much into this story from the bald man with his pessimistic thoughts to the little children so full of life and hope too young too innocent to know the cruelty of this worldIt moved me how dramatically all those people changed through the story kids had to grow up and help the others in order to survive old people had to hold on to their memories to keep going parents had to sacrifice everything for their children They had to keep inside their fury their hate and their shame They had to keep their head down even though they were the ones deserving respect because even when they had nothing at all they still had hope and they fought for their life at all costsI need to mention Lina an Andrius as their love was sparkling like a tiny star thought the darkest clouded night sky It gave hope and strength and made my heart ache just a little bit less Andrius I'm scaredHe stopped and turned to me No Don't be scared Don't give them anything Lina not even your fear Through the story Lina saw the world and she described it in her sketches Drawing was a way to express her fear the injustice the pain and the ache That was her way of coping; gathering strength through her hope that some day her father will be able to reach themI'll leave you now with some of my favorite uotes as I don't have the force to describe this book any longer This is not a story that you can talk about; you can only read it between tears and maybe find some colors between so many shades of gray “I’ll see you”“Are you really on page 300 or are you skipping ahead now”“Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth That morning my brother's was worth a pocket watch” Reviewer notesI loved the author notes as they gave so much depth to the story and now I feel the need to leave my owns notes here because even though I can't really conceive so much suffering I can at least somehow understand it though probably on a lower level that I might even think “How could Stalin simply take something that didn’t belong to him something that a farmer and his family had worked their whole life for”“That’s communism Lina” Papa said Living in a country placed between Germany and Russia our history has been marked with dark ink by those two as well I know what communism means and I even know a bit how it 'felt' I was too young to understand what was happening but old enough to keep memories of my grandparents working the field each day but only being allowed to keep some very few fruitage for themselvesBut if for me it is sad to think about those times when we were only allowed to buy rations of food like half of a bread a day I can't even conceive how hard it might have been for those people that were 'unlucky' enough to be thrown in the middle of that madness described in this book forced to work in such horrible conditions humiliated and treated like animals and even die horrible deaths while nobody caredAs the author says there is nothing that we can do now to change the past but we can learn from it and we can prevent such horrors from ever happening againPSWhile reading the book I listened to the soundtrack which is as amazing as the story itself and I recommend it with all my heart This review can also be found at ReadingAfterMidnightcomBlog EN | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Bloglovin' | Blog ROLater EditMovie ReallyOh I don't know if to be happy or scared I LOVED the book hopefully I will enjoy it on the big screen too ^^

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Ther 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 conditionsLina finds solace in her art meticulously and at great risk documenting events by drawing hoping these me. 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 aboutSkip over this point if you don't like the sneak peek A Lithuanian girl Lina and her family will be deported to Siberia She has to learn to survive in a work camp without food or clean clothes They have to work in terrible circumstances to avoid starvation Lina is an artist She draws everything that she experiences She has only one dream Lina wants to meet her father again What impressed me the most It's one of the most heartbreaking and beautiful book I ever read It was my first book from Ruta Sepetys but not last I've read historical fiction very rarely because it makes me depressed I just do not understand why such merciless people live on Earth Why did innocent people die Why were innocent lives need to be taken I don't know the answer Nobody knowsThis story is about everything The most important feeling in the book is wanting to live I loved all of the characters even the grumpy old man I connected to everyone especially Lina She is such a strong heroine I was anxious about what will happen to them Lina is a teenager and her brother is a little kid he is only 11 years old They had to grow up very early If they don't grow up they will die If they don't work hard they will starve to death If they don't follow the rules they will dieIf they aren't strong enough they will dieIf they aren't persistent they will dieThey have no choiceThe ending was bittersweet I really like the author's note Ruta has done huge research work I appreciated itRuta Sepetys' writing style is gorgeous I've read this book so uickly even though it had a hard topic Ruta teaches me to be thankful for every little thing in my life I'm very grateful to live in such good circumstances Make a conclusion I gave it 4 stars and I rounded up to 45 stars because of the author's note Ruta did an amazing job I would love to read from herI recommend it to anyone who wants to know what happened in the past Atmosphere collage aka how did I imagine the book vibes

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Between Shades of Gray review ¸ 103 Ç 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 mLina 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 bro. Actual rating 45 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 Lina is a very strong and courageous character Despite the situation Lina is placed in at the young age of fifteen she audaciously chooses to write about the terrible cruelties the Soviets are doing to those around her as well as her family and herself Lina is an artist and she uses this talent to depict the ghastly scenes she's forces to witness on a daily basis She then hides her drawings where the NKVD hopefully won't find them In this she hopes that one day someone will find the proof of what really occurred and make sure that it never happens againI'm going to warn you a good deal of this book is very grim and Sepetys doesn't cover up the horrors that were committed against these innocent people with euphemisms There are uite a few shocking disturbing and graphic scenes in this You'll probably want to read something light and fluffy after finishing itBut much like the title of the book and the fledging plant sprouting up from the ice covered landscape on the book's cover signifies hope the author does a wonderful job of incorporating snippets of hope even through the most grim of times for her charactersInterspersed with Lina's time in the slavery camps there are bittersweet flashbacks to Lina's life before her and her family were taken by the Soviets I think they helped to break up the scenes of abuse and heartache making the novel palatable to the readerThere is also a light romance in this that is both sweet and a welcome addition to a story such as thisFAVORITE UOTE I shut the bathroom door and caught sight of my face in the mirror I had no idea how uickly it was to change to fade If I had I would have stared at my reflection memorizing it It was the last time I would look into a real mirror for than a decadeRuta Sepetys' writing is erudite yet simple and it flows very well I just hope that this isn't one of those one hit wonder cases where the author has one story to tell and never writes anything again I'd really like to read from Sepetys whether it be stories such as this or something completely differentOn a side note the finished physical copy of this I say it in this way because some people probably have an ARC or an ebook is uite gorgeous The jacket seems to be made of recycled paper so it has a very natural rustic look and feel to it And it has deckled edges my favorite I think this is one of those books that will be highly praised by some like myself and sadly overlooked by others It's easy to be distracted by the deluge of YA paranormal novels with the pretty covers and the pomp and heavy promotion but I assure you Between Shades of Gray is than worth your reading timeThis book reminds me just how fortunate I am to be born in the era and country that I was and I found it very humbling I'm glad to have had the opportunity to read it and I highly recommend it