Sometimes a book comes along that has something special to it. That spark or element that makes you fall in love with it and hope that it never ends. Ruta Sepetys' Between Shades of Gray was one of those books for me. I randomly picked this book up at Wal-Mart (it was cheap and sounded good) and I'm so glad that I did because I don't know if I'd have picked it up anywhere else...or even remembered that I read the back of it.
Gray covers several thousand miles and a multiple number of years in Lina's life. Each is important and each strenthens Lina's resolve to survive. Yes, there are heartbreaking losses that she suffers; it wouldn't have been as believable if these losses didn't occur. Sepetys does a beautiful job of portraying how this often overlooked portion of captives (Lithuanians) suffered at the hands of the Soviets. She delves into the psyche and completely fleshes out her characters. It's a wonderful book that I could not recommend more.