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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
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Apr 14, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: в-России, netherlands
Read from March 25 to 27, 2011

I read this the weekend after it was released on March 22nd (the narrator's birthday, coincidentally), but it's taken some time to formulate my opinion. I postponed judgment until I could read two other titles off my list, namely The Hiding Place and The Land of Green Plums. After doing so I have come to the conclusion that Between Shades of Gray is a fitting title for this YA novel about a family of Lithuanians who were forced into exile in Siberia. Sepetys sheds light on an under-reported episode of Stalin's Terror without delving so deep into the darkness that it would overwhelm her audience. The main character was not overwhelmed by the unwarranted rigors she was forced to face, but the characters were overwhelmed by the rigorous storyline, which forced them to become role players.

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