'Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously--and at great risk--documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive.'

I adored this book.

This book took my breath away so many times. This harrowing story shows both the best and worst of humanity, while ultimately displaying the human capacity for love and hope.

The characters in this book captured my heart completely. They showed unbelievable courage and strength in the worst of circumstances. The characters were flawed and relatable, even when you couldn't possibly understand the situations they were going through you could understand the characters themselves.

Ruta Sepetys has a truly wonderful writing style. The writing was lyrical, flowing and full of emotion and I found it to have a real cinematic quality to it. This emotive, cinematic writing made this a truly compelling read.

I am so glad I read this book. I knew nothing of the story that it told, the journey, the miles and the years that this book covers were completely new to me. I am now a little obsessed with learning more about this topic.

Between Shades Of Gray by Ruta Sepetys is an absolute must read for everyone.

Published by Geramie Kate Barker