This is a captivating story about love, family, horrific torture and redemption. Books like this keep my heart soft toward all the brutality and suffering that war brings. I am so glad to have read it and experienced the hope buried within the struggle to survive.
Could not stop listening. What an incredible story by a fabulous writer. Our 15yo daughter had to read it for class and recommended it to me. I also read, Salt to the Sea which has a crossover character. Also, highly recommended.
It was beneficial to hear the story of a historical tragedy. For me the story lacked depth of characters and events.
I loved this book! One of my new favorites definitely. Without giving anything away, I feel like the ending didn't give enough closure for a book with no sequel. As a secret romantic, I loved how the author integrated a "love in a hopeless place" subplot!!
Narrater was a little bubbly happy but I don't think that interfered with the quality of the book at all.
10/10 would recommend (:
It is well known what Hitler did to the Jews, homosexuals, mentally ill and more in his reign of terror.
Ms. Sepetys attempts to tell what Joseph Stalin, another monster, did to her ancestors in Lithuania. The narrator is a young girl, who with her mother and younger brother beg to survive in Siberia after they're ripped from their home. Her father is taken to another camp.
She is gifted in drawing and through her art tries to communicate with her father. Her mother is a loving, beautiful person who remains positive throughout their ordeal.
The transport is harrowing and we're given glimpses of the many individuals who are thrown together each surviving in his own way.
From one hell to the next we root for the lives that we come to know; and the captors who mostly regard them as trash and criminals.
This is such well-written historical fiction. I will never forget Lena and her courage.
Thank you to the author and narrator. Excellent and absorbing story.
I've read many books about Nazi atrocities. This one covers Stalin and Russian brutality toward their citizens. The story is harsh. It is told from the viewpoint of a brave young girl trying to survive in a Siberian camp with her mother and brother. The characters are rich. The grit it to to survived makes a compelling story. It is also a story to remind us that we as a nation need to do what we can to prevent this from happening to other groups.