Between Shades of Gray (audiobook)
by Ruta Sepetys
Between Shades of Gray is a companion novel to Salt to the Sea. This novel is from the point of view of Lina from Lithuania. She is Joana’s cousin. In flashbacks, we learn about their close relationship; nearly sisters. Lina is rounded up with her mother and brother (her father being previously taken) and put into a train car, shipped off by the Russians. She isn’t sure why (we later find out how she was discovered). Along the way, she meets several others, including a young man named Andrius. They are sent to Siberia, and suffer through many years in a labor camp. Her mother Elena befriends one of the soldiers, and Lina learns she isn’t the only one who is suffering through this war.
What I liked about this book was that we learn another perspective of World War II that we might not hear about. I didn’t know about people being sent to Siberia, but this showed me more about how horrible it was. Most people only think of the concentration camps, but this taught me how badly they suffered in other camps. It was also painful not to know where your loved ones were. And oh man- to have bodies strewn about, and the wild animals coming at them.
What I didn’t like about this book was that I loved Salt to the Sea, and this one just wasn’t as good. It was good, but if I’d read it first, I would have liked it a lot more. I think one thing I wanted was for the romantic connection to be stronger like it was with Joana. Still a good read, though!
Book 43 of 40
(Book 9 of 2018)