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“Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning, my brother’s was worth a pocket watch.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray

Welcome to month two of my 365(technically 366) book a day reading challenge!

The book that I read today was Between Shades of Gray, a historical fiction novel centered around the Lithuania/Latvia/Estonia holocaust.

Lina is fifteen years old when she, her mother, and her younger brother are arrested by the Soviet secret police. They are all torn from their home, thrown in to cattle cars, and forced to work as slave laborers to due the fact that their nationality has made them inherently criminals.

“We’d been trying to touch the sky from the bottom of the ocean.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray

This book is beautifully written, captivating, engaging, and ultimately totally heartbreaking. We learn the depravity that the government was capable of, tearing families apart, forcing people to live in terrible, animalistic conditions.

The unfairness and cruel abuse that is described in the book is only made worse by the fact that even though this is a work of fiction, it was written by an author who took these situations and scenarios described by Lina from actual survivors. People who were forced to work for up to twenty years just to work off their “criminal acts”, who were not allowed to tell their story because if they did they would be arrested and sent back to work camps.

This book is amazing, it’s heartbreaking.

It’s important to read, this story is one that needs to be told.

“Krasivaya. It means beautiful, but with strength. Unique.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray



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