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Such is the descending social hierarchy in Chromatacia, a postapocalyptic dystopia in which the natural color you can see determines your destiny. Eddie Russett is a Red of modest means and high ambitions—until an incident at home causes him to be sent to the Outer Fringes for Humility Realignment. En route, he meets a Grey named Jane whose brusque disregard for the Rules causes Eddie to question everything he has staked his future on believing. He has always suspected that he is a high-level Red, but Eddie has also hedged his bets by wrangling a half-promise of marriage from Constance Oxblood, a prominent and wealthy string heiress. Although Eddie hopes to better his rank through marriage and a prestigious job with National Color—the governing body that oversees the production of universally visible artificial colors—he is not a total conformist.
Have you heard of 50 Shades of Grey? Have you maybe confused it for one of those other "Grey" or "Gray" books out there on the market, possibly even confusing the writer of, say, a novel about a Lithuanian girl exiled to Siberia with the author of the erotic BDSM trilogy that's topping the New York Times Best-Seller list?
With so many books with that particular color in the title, it is hard to keep things straight! Not to worry, here's a guide to the "imposters" you may be confused by. And for good measure, the real one.
James About: From site , "When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. At right is the book you're probably looking for.
Detractors cite terrible writing and annoying repetitions as well as the fact that the book started out as Twilight fan-fiction. One diligent site reviewer writes the following: I have discovered that Ana says "Jeez" 81 times and "oh my" 72 times. She "blushes" or "flushes" times, including 13 that are "scarlet," 6 that are "crimson," and one that is "stars and stripes red.
Ana "peeks up" at Christian 13 times, and there are 9 references to Christian's "hooded eyes" and 7 to his "long index finger. Finally, in a remarkable bit of symmetry, our hero and heroine exchange "grins" and "frowns" You know you're going to read it anyway. Do not be confused by Throw in such off the wall details like "giant swan attacks", a Rule against using the number between 72 and 74 and how ownership of a spoon is a status symbol.
It is smart, funny and very well written. Feb 05, unknown rated it it was ok Shelves: I've been on a dystopian kick over the last several months, and it was interesting to read this one so soon after Brave New World ; Jasper Fforde offers up some similar ideas but approaches the concept of a totalitarian future society from the same skewed perspective he brought to the Thursday Next series.
That said, I didn't always find this a fun read. I might blame it on fatigue, but I found the first half of this one really slow going. It takes Fforde a long time to set up his world, slowly r I've been on a dystopian kick over the last several months, and it was interesting to read this one so soon after Brave New World ; Jasper Fforde offers up some similar ideas but approaches the concept of a totalitarian future society from the same skewed perspective he brought to the Thursday Next series.
It takes Fforde a long time to set up his world, slowly revealing how the different colors people see influences their standing in society and the way the government functions as a whole.
After pages of largely plotless world-building, I was begging for some lazy, blatant exposition, if only to get the story moving. The plot finally does kick in, and the last pages or so provide a pretty satisfying setup for the two sequels advertised on the last page, and I expect those books will go a lot more smoothly with the heavy lifting out of the way.
Feb 10, Lata rated it really liked it Shelves: This is my second attempt to read this book. While this book certainly has a number of silly elements, this is also a book I found had an underlying sense of dread and real mystery. Their world is heavily stratified by colour This is my second attempt to read this book. Their world is heavily stratified by colour.
Each character has a colour last name and can only see colours in that colour family e. Also, while surrounded by the detritus of a pre-Epiphany world, the characters are largely ignorant of the meanings and use of these items, and have a limited education system as well, reinforcing the ignorance. There is so much terrific detail about the chromatic hierarchy, and the nasty beliefs about those below one's strata or outside the colour strata, and many other things, like spoons, that make a many layered background to this story.
And the author covers a lot of this before the action really gets going in the story. Eddie also is half-promised to Constance Oxblood in marriage in his hometown. Members in each strata must marry at least within their class, though would love to marry above, provided the colours are not complementary. Regardless, he remains fascinated with Jane, and becomes involved with activities in the town.
The whole time, the author builds the mystery and some dread, as odd happenings occur, and questions are actively discouraged. There are bad things happening in the town and in the society, and Jasper Fforde takes much of the almost page story to explain, and then the book ends. One other thing: By the end, I just wanted to jump to the next book! Initial thoughts: What a world. Jasper Fforde creates an imaginative, interesting, and complex dystopia society where what you see determines who you are.
I loved the rules, and the process in which Fforde guides you through this odd futuristic society.
Pacing is slow throughout most of the book until the end. Fforde slowly unravels the secrets and corruption behind this society, and it's up to our main charact AHHH.
Fforde slowly unravels the secrets and corruption behind this society, and it's up to our main character Eddie to decide whether he will make the easy choice or the right one.
The writing is brilliant! I can say for sure my vocabulary count has increased. The ending is amazing! Seriously made this jump from a star book to a 5 star for me. Totally geeked out over the colour references. It's a graphic designer thing. This is Jasper Fforde. That means it's silly, not necessarily groundbreaking, but certainly satirical, dark-edged, referential and post-modern in ways that will only work if you're capable of tripping lightly along in his wake, enjoying the view and grinning wryly at the social commentary and broader themes he's sketching on the horizon for you.
I always find the start of a new Fforde novel a bit like that first dive into cold water on a warm day. It's shocking and disorientating, especially at fi This is Jasper Fforde.
It's shocking and disorientating, especially at first, so you just have to close your eyes, keep going, and soon you find you're getting along so well in this new environment that you feel comfortable with it, even with those shadowy depths beneath you that you do not yet know anything about, and may never know.
Like those watery spaces filled with possible fish, Fforde always conveys a sense of a fully realised world ticking away behind the main action and that's certainly true in the whimsical, frightening world of Eddie Russett, when he find himself confronted by a man who's wrong-spotted, somewhere in the middle of a plot that turns out to involve the government and society as a whole.
As Eddie stumbles about uncovering more of the truth about his world, we're dragged along too, catching the same puzzle-pieced conversations and bits of information about just what's going on. Fforde does tend towards stereotypes as support characters, but his dyads of protagonists do include tough, nuanced and interesting women, which always works for me, too. Jane is no exception, and the relationship between her and Eddie owes a lot to the noir genre, where the woman holds the knowledge necessary for the clueless male to fully realise what's going on.
I enjoy this, though I think the characterisation worked better when we were viewing the story from the woman's perspective as in Thursday Next's arc rather than as a guy seeing a woman as yet again a total cypher. Sep 06, Steve Fox rated it did not like it. Surely, there's more to writing a book than simply having a good idea?
This book is based on a good idea, but it reads like it was written by a computer programme and commissioned by that bloke in Marketing who seems to have a new car every other month. It's so damn clunky. The sentences are twistier than a twisty thing, the narrative structure was arrived at using one of those foldy-paper-fingers-things and the jokes were designed by the same committee that came up with the camel. And Fforde must Surely, there's more to writing a book than simply having a good idea?
And Fforde must have been slapped, ironically, with the Adverb Stick when he was a baby. Whatever happened to editors? Is Jasper Fforde now so successful that like, say, Stephen King, no-one dare tell him to hold on a minute? Of course, what do I know? I've never flogged a half-decent idea to within an inch of its functional credibility, nor approached the lower part of a wooden storage device with a spatula. But I do know the difference between a Concept and a Book.
Could the angry mob please now form an orderly queue Oct 07, Megan Baxter rated it it was amazing. Shades of Grey is an unexpectedly devastating book. Funny as hell, yes, but with a creeping sense of horrors lurking just beneath the surface, and when they strike, well, they were even more awful than I'd been anticipating.
The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here. In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook. Apr 16, Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Very amusing for me given that except for a few exceptions such as salads, I use spoons to eat everything not to be eaten with my hands, 2.
The Little Engine That Could bit was extremely amusing. The story is both chilling and hilarious. The best science fiction has profound things to say about our current society, and this story certainly does it well. The society in this book might very well be the most creatively constructed dystopian society ever.
Readers may never again look at color in quite the same way. The creativity quotient is high and was the deciding factor for me to assign 5 vs. The next two in the series will be titled Shades of Grey 2: The Gordini Protocols. View all 11 comments. So yea, I liked it but I also hated it. It was such a weird dystopian world.
I mean, how can colour perception be that bloody important?! And how did the human eye 'evolve' so that people could only see 1 or 2 colours? It made very little sense. I admit that it was an interesting concept but none of it was remotely believable. I was lost as soon as I started, nothing was explain 2. I was lost as soon as I started, nothing was explained, and it was all so nonsensical — the worldbuilding was executed in such a piss poor way.
The structure, rules and history of the world did slowly become clearer but it took way too much time to get to that point. Even when I did get an idea of what was what, there was still so much of the world and its rules that were incomprehensible.
I did to some extent quite like the originality, and strangeness of a world which consisted of a hierarchy that depended on one's perception of colour.
It all felt too forced and overall not very well thought out. His obsession with Jane was irritating — he bumped into her once and she was rude to him, but he couldn't stop thinking about her. Also, the way he kept banging on about her nose was annoying as hell.
Eddie was plain dull — he was definitely overshadowed by all the different elements of his world. For the most part I kept wondering where the storyline was.
Eddie and his dad moved to a new place East Carmine , various secondary characters were introduced, there was some gossip, and a load of wacky rules were thrown about — all of it felt drawn out and pointless. There was a kind of mystery with a dead guy, and Jane's connection to said dead guy — but for the most part that was in the background, it was only towards the end where that arc got some momentum.
For the most part I felt as if I was reading pure nonsense. They were all brilliant. Also, the whole spoon shortage and desire for spoons was weirdly wonderful.
And the radiator morse code at night, the arranged marriages, and getting high on colours were nice touches. Violet was a crazy cow — the way she manipulated and tried to control Eddie at the end was highly entertaining.
Lucy was a bit of an oddball character, I'm hoping she doesn't end up with Tommo. Sally was an evul cow, and Yewberry was a bastard but they were both fun to read about. He was a dick — he was such a horrible friend to Eddie. I hope he gets his comeuppance in the sequels. I was expecting more action and revelations but it was so dragged out and underwhelming. Eddie got married to Violet and they're having a baby together, it'll be really distasteful if he leaves his wife and baby for Jane.
Also, it'll be cheesy for them to end up together because of them being all forbidden because of their complementary colour status. Eddie should stay in his miserable marriage, and Jane should get on with her own life. All in all, I kind of liked it at times, but for the most part I was frustrated and annoyed. The characters were all strong apart from Eddie , but the story was all over the place, and the worldbuilding was a mess, though by the end it did manage to sort itself out.
I'll probably read the sequel as it'll no doubt be easier to appreciate the rich world. View all 10 comments. Mar 26, Rose rated it really liked it Shelves: If you do, you're probably a Douglas Adams fan which means you would probably like this also.
I love the British sense of humor and wit, the dry cleverness always gets me and Fforde is quite good at slipp "The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't" Do you recognize that quote? I love the British sense of humor and wit, the dry cleverness always gets me and Fforde is quite good at slipping in absurd lines that sound normal at first and hit you a few seconds later. This would probably be an amazing audiobook. While I loved the humour, this is meant to be a dystopian tale about our future.
Hundreds of years after the 'Something That Happened', humans have become severely colorblind and now live in a society where your social standing is determined solely based on you're ability to see color. Most of what is seen is grey but you may be able to see shades of red, yellow, or blue. How we got this way and why we live in such a backwards society are only part of the fun of reading this gem.
Jasper Fforde has a hit with this new series.
I have had his "Thursday Next" series on my to-read list forever but the first in this new series popped up at the library so I thought I'd give it a shot. And I am so glad I did! In this world, the lives of the people are defined by their ability to perceive color. Each person in the Collective is subject the "Ishihara test" upon turning 20 years old.
Once their color perception is measured and documented by a representative from National Color, they Jasper Fforde has a hit with this new series. Once their color perception is measured and documented by a representative from National Color, they are ready to begin serving the Collective in whatever capacity is determined by the test.
High perception of the primary colors will earn you a place as a prefect in your village. Exceptional color perception could even lead to a position with National Color! Those very unfortunate to be unable to see any color at all are consigned to the Grey zone and given all the unsavory work that keeps the Collective running.
Marriage choices are limited to same color unions or unions within the same color family and marriages between complementary colors are prohibited. So a Red could marry a Purple or an Orange, but never a Green. And of course a Grey is entirely unsuitable, although not prohibited.
They also have a very rigid set of Rules that all must follow, including styles of dress, mealtime etiquette, and a strict set of protocols for virtually every occasion or situation. Oh, and they aren't allowed to make new spoons, so all existing spoons are highly prized and passed down from generation to generation. This is all due to the "Something That Happened" but no one knows what that Something was.
Eddie Russett is our protagonist. He is sent to live with his dad in the Outer Fringes after his dad is reassigned as the local "swatchman" due to the abrupt absence of the previous swatchman. Eddie is in trouble with his local council for a prank he pulled and is given the task of a "chair census" to teach him some humility. On the way to their new village they make a stop to see some sites in the nearest large town and while sight-seeing they stumble across an accident in a paint shop and Eddie's dad is called in to help.
This is just the beginning of a series of strange occurences that happen as Eddie and his dad make their way in a very strange town. Things are very much not as they seem and Eddie has just enough curiousity to get himself in big trouble. This is such an interesting world! The use of chromatics as a basis for society and government is so novel; I very much admire Mr.
Fforde's creativity. I will be looking for the next in this series, for sure! Dec 02, Joseph rated it it was amazing Shelves: Fforde has created another most illogically logical, or logically illogical world, just like he did with his great Thursday Next series. However you look at it, this new world is more bizarre than Lewis Carroll 's mad Wonderland and L. Frank Baum 's colorful Oz combined.
Mix in a bit of the dystopian worlds created by Lois Lowry in The Giver and Gathering Blue and you get this amazing book. A story of a future where the rules of living are based on color. Not the color of a person's skin, but the Fforde has created another most illogically logical, or logically illogical world, just like he did with his great Thursday Next series.
Not the color of a person's skin, but the colors that they can see. Fforde has done such an amazing job with this story where leaders and their citizens go about finding legal ways to break the laws in order to keep order that its almost believable that such a world could exist.
This book is so deep that I feel I'm going to have to read it again to truly understand it all since so much of it is so insane a sane mind might have some trouble understanding it all. All in all, this work is so ridiculous it was a blast to read.
I can't wait for the sequel. View 1 comment. Mar 29, Sh3lly GrumpyBookGrrrl. March 29, Shades of Grey: It contains a delightfully bizarre and humorous look at a post-apocalyptic world hundreds if not thousands The people of this world are largely colorblind or have limited monochromatic vision or at best dichromatic vision. The better you can see your specific color, the higher Shades of Grey: The better you can see your specific color, the higher your social standing; the shorter the wavelength of your spectrum, the higher your social standing following the rainbow prism of ROYGBIV, red is the low end and violet is the high end.
The story mainly consisted of two cramped journies in a cart and a struggle to survive starvation, scurvy and whatever else on a daily ration of g of bread. It was awful, I get that, truly it was Maybe the author tamed down the harshness for a young adult audience but the result was a mostly drab and boring story. That being said, there were sad and moving moments that did manage to somewhat redeem the novel. I also liked the love story subplot going on, mostly because I liked Andrius, it wasn't too much and remained in the background to the real story but it was nice.
So, yeah, I was looking for something more out of this book, the story dragged too much. However, the author's note at the end made me cry. View all 29 comments. View all 14 comments. 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 Ruta Sepetys' novel made me feel. I cannot remember the last time I cried over a novel. It must have been long ago. With Between Shades of Gray , it was hard to restrain myself from the very first chapters. During the last ten chapters, it became unbearable.
Without spoiling a single thing, this book is I will not go into the details of the story, nor will I offer my opinion regarding the events described. Without spoiling a single thing, this book is harrowing, nightmarish, dark. Is it really YA fiction? Hard to say, it depends on what each one of us define as YA fiction. Would I give it to my daughter if I had one? Absolutely, without any hesitation.
These writings may shock or horrify you, but that is not my intention. It is my greatest hope that the pages in this jar stir your deepest well of human compassion.
I hope they prompt you to do something, to tell someone. Only then can we ensure that this kind of evil is never allowed to repeat itself.
So I read this last night, and I went to work this morning. I was so deeply affected by this story, and my mind kept drifting back to Lina and Jonas and the countless real victims of the Baltic These writings may shock or horrify you, but that is not my intention.
I was so deeply affected by this story, and my mind kept drifting back to Lina and Jonas and the countless real victims of the Baltic Deportations. When I finished the book, I immediately went on my computer and googled anything I could find out about the deportations. While the book itself devastated me, the outcome of my Baltic deportation research devastated me on a whole other level. I felt a mixture of anger and sadness but moreseo angry because how can human beings treat each other this way.
How can a human be cruel for the sake of being cruel? But as I kept researching, I found that many of those who did survive confirmed that being kind and continuing to have faith and love in and for the human race reaffirmed what I learned reaching the end of Between Shades of Gray.
Love and faith will always outweigh hate and cruelty. That the tenacity of the human spirit can make it through beatings, death, torture, starvation, and isolation.
That a human can make through all those atrocities and still come out to the other side and want to live. I am so happy that I picked this up and I am happy that I am no longer ignorant to this piece of history that had been hidden for too long. This is truly remarkable and one of the best and most important books I have ever read. Here is a link to video interview with Ruta Sepetys who is the granddaughter of a Lithuanian refugee where she talks about the inspiration and history behind Between Shades of Gray.
View all 8 comments. Apr 24, Elana rated it it was ok Shelves: Edit, July 9, I was a pretentious year-old when I wrote this review, lol. I'm 21 now and I'll be going back to edit it periodically. Let me justify my seemingly harsh rating.
First things first, let me provide you with some probably not necessitated background into my interest in this book: I am an avid studier of Lithuanian history. I have rigorously researched this time period prior to this book's creation, thus I was absolutely overjoyed when I got wind of its publishing. It's abo Edit, July 9, It's about time that a "young adult" book chronicled the heinous acts of human evil that the Soviet Union committed against the Baltic peoples.
This book was certainly a proverbial "eye-opener" for those who were unfamiliar with Lithuanian history. It was an immersive, interesting book with "relatable" my reasoning behind the quotation marks will be addressed later characters.
But one qualm I had was the writing style. I am cognizant of the fact that this was Sepetys' debut novel, but the writing style felt almost detached to me.
It was an itemization of Lina's torturous experience, as opposed to the immersive, detailed account I surmised a first person perspective would entail. In fact, the writing style did not allow me to get close enough to the characters to truly empathize with what was happening to her and her family. Even in the beginning, before most would assume that dissociation and other psychological trauma would kick in and truly prevent Lina from grasping the severity of her situation or being capable of detailing events, there were no details to attach me to her life.
It was just another slew of barely described events that transpired. Additionally, I felt nearly nothing when her mother passed away; I was expecting to sob, as I am a very emotional, empathetic person, but the narration was so detached that it was difficult for me to cry for very long.
Instead of grieving, I just moved onto the next page. The plot was moved forward by dialogue as opposed to narration, which provided no true insight into Lina's deepest emotions, feelings and thoughts. Thus, I felt as if the book would have fared better with a harsh critic such as myself if it were in third person objective. That way, it would have been safe to abstain from revealing Lina's thoughts, as opposed to pretty much avoiding them in favor of utilizing dialogue to encapsulate her feelings.
Additionally, the gratuitous usage of capital letters, multiple exclamation points and italicized text to represent flashbacks was irritating; those are the signs of drafting stages to me.
While it is most likely just personal preference, I am very stringent upon the utilization of capital letters. To me, they are used solely when merely italicizing dialogue or a word just isn't enough to express how crucial the idea is.
Capitalizing words on basically every page is distracting and, honestly, makes me think of an elementary school child writing a story sans the knowledge of using italics. I know I am being very harsh. Also, the representation of long flashbacks via italics was unnecessary. Sure, for a truncated flashback view spoiler [ such as the repeated one with the "return" of Lina's father at the end hide spoiler ] this would have been fine, but some of these flashbacks were multiple, consecutive pages.
It was an annoyance to the eyes and was useless, as Sepetys could have opted to make those flashbacks into separate chapters, so long as Lina provided insight into their being flashbacks. My final grievance lies in the ending; it seemed very abrupt. It was almost as if Sepetys has simply run out of ideas and decided to end it there.
However, despite my harsh review, this book was definitely powerful and deeply moving. I did enjoy it, cry over it, and store it on my bookshelf for future rereading, but it did not touch me in the way I initially assumed it would.
I would recommend this book to my friends solely because I want them to read an interesting account of the Lithuanian deportations as opposed to the itemized history books I read myself, but that would be the only reason. It is not on a young adult's reading level, despite it being a very adult-themed book; it is much, much simpler.
View all 44 comments. What a powerfully poignant story. Really unexpected and unique, but so so important. Video review to come! View 1 comment. Feb 08, Elyse Walters rated it it was amazing. Thank you Lisa They have similarities in that they are both suspense survival stories during WWII, which are both written with emotional vigor - but the stories themselves are different.
With only three days left before this bo Thank you Lisa With only three days left before this book was due back at my library - ebook Overdrive Lena was 15 - her brother 10 at the start of this story. The secret Soviet Police burst into their home at night- they had 30 seconds pack a bag before they were taken. They were tossed on a train like cattle. There was a newborn that had only been alive for minutes and she was already considered a criminal. It was a full decade before Lina ever saw the reflection of her own face in a mirror.
Anyone who was considered anti-Soviet, where either murdered, sent to prison, or deported into slavery in Siberia. People from every walks of life were taken. This is a story about how this family and others escaped to refugee camps. Children grew up in these camps - Lina our brave young heroine found ways to channel her fear and grief by expressing herself through art, and music. Josef Stalin killed more than twenty million people during the ruling of this horror.
Excellent - heart piercing Young Adult historical fiction! A strong 5 star YA Holocaust novel. Gotta admire authors who write serious historical novels aimed towards our youth. Adults benefit as well. Love played a pivotal role in keeping the survivals alive. View all 36 comments. When I started to draw, the pencil moved by itself, propelled by something hideous that lived inside of me.
Perfect Historical fiction book. It's more than my expectations and quite contemplate with "The Thousand splendid suns".
Praiseworthy one, Enjoyed every word. Words and ratings on here couldn't exactly defines this book Ruta Sepetys, I Love You! What a splendid writing and expressions of Lina, she has made. Just like she has experienced that. Wonderful, heartthrobing story. Lina, how she has survived and fight for life not only her and others too. Whole catastrophic journey revealed in well written and exceptional echos of herself inside as well as in her drawings. View all 18 comments. This is such a powerful story, and a subject that I knew nothing about.
Most people know about the atrocities of Hitler's reign, especially those perpetrated against Jewish people. But in this novel Sepetys examines the lesser known genocide of hundreds of thousands of Lithuanians, and other Baltic peoples, under Stalin during the same time as the Holocaust. It's tragic and horrifying and such an important read. I'll admit that for a book aimed at young adults, Sepetys doesn't pull any punches, This is such a powerful story, and a subject that I knew nothing about.
I'll admit that for a book aimed at young adults, Sepetys doesn't pull any punches, but I think that's vital to make clear the injustices and to put the reader in these characters shoes. It had me squirming in my seat and opened my eyes a little bit more to history and also to the stories of real people. Yes, it's fiction, but it's something that countless people went through. Those experiences are real even if this particular story is not.
I could've done without the added bit of romance, but I also think it humanized the characters more while also being a tried and true YA trope. Overall though I thought this book was impactful and engaging, and I can't wait to see it adapted to film later this year. View all 4 comments. Jan 01, Jamie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Well done, Ruta Sepetys!
A great book. Heartbreaking, but nicely written. This book is a novel, but is actually based on history, during WWII. This story tracks the next year plus of all hardships they go through.
The labor camps, the illnesses that struck, the deaths of fellow Lithuanians, cruel degrading treatment and more. What of the voices never heard? This is one of those voices, crying out after all these years. The imagery if vivid. You see how lives are lived, you see the love and pain and sorrow. But it is more than that. The is a hint of romance, and much community love. There is loss and heartbreak.
There is pain and suffering. There is hope. The characters are endearing and so well done. Lina is one amazing young woman with all sure endures. If you are looking for a happy, upbeat book, this is not it. This novel shows how Lithuanians and other people too were treated during the war. It is well paced, and starts off with a bang with the Soviets coming for the girls family right at the beginning.
It is brutally honest. It is not always easy writing about such treatment from a young teenagers perspective, but this captured it perfectly. My only complaint to the book is the chapters were too short and I wish I could have continued on Lina's story a little longer. View all 15 comments. I think I may have made a mistake reading this on audio, as I didn't find it as compelling as most. I found the narrators tone very off from themes of the story, which left me separated from it.
This largely unknown history was very interesting and tragic, by I didn't feel the close connection to the narrative that many did, due to the version I read it in. View all 3 comments. Jul 07, emma rated it really liked it Shelves: Feb 09, Phrynne rated it really liked it. This is an extraordinary book and I am so pleased to have read it. It deals with a subject I knew very little about, it has no introduction and it has the tiniest of conclusions. The bulk of the book is about human endurance in unbearable conditions and it is amazing.
Surprisingly, despite the sadness of the topic, there are many uplifting moments and it is very hard to put the book down. I now have to go find out more about this horrific time in our history which I am sure is was what the autho This is an extraordinary book and I am so pleased to have read it. I now have to go find out more about this horrific time in our history which I am sure is was what the author hoped for when she wrote it. Read it.
You will not be sorry you did. View all 20 comments. May 26, Matthew rated it it was amazing Shelves: Tough to read, but an interesting take on a part of history we hear little about.
I have seen lots of reviews where people feel this book ends abruptly maybe spoiler-ish stuff ahead , but I felt like it was showing that all they needed was someone to show them some compassion before all was lost.
View all 13 comments. This was definitely another page-turner and extremely hard to put down. If we are able to see beyond the black and white of the immoral behaviour we just might be able to see a little bit of human kindness peaking out between the many shades of gray. Safe in the arms of hell. To sum it all up it was a well-researched, heartbreaking, shocking, and an emotional read with a tear-jerker but satisfying ending.
Would recommend!! Feb 14, grace rated it it was amazing. Finished this in a couple sittings.