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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
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Oct 20, 2010

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Very interesting subject matter with a plot that was a little flat and predictable. There are loads of YA books set during the Holocaust but this is the first I've read set during Stalin's reign. I'm not certain I would have opened the book where Sepetys did--I think a little more context needed to be established before the NKVD showed up. Some context was established through flashbacks, but I don't typically find that the best method of telling a story--it feels too easy somehow. To her advantage, Sepetys did not sugar-coat the situation Lina and her family were in--it was brutal and well-illustrated. Regardless of the negatives, this is recommended if only to show a slice of a terrible time in Soviet history.
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