Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Beautiful. Sepetys really captures the horrible things that Lina's family must endure in a way that is also hopeful and inspiring. The writing is a bit simplistic, but in this case I really appreciated it. Sepetys doesn't try to sound literary, but let's the story shine in it's simplicity. The writing style also means that it can appeal to a wider audience in terms of age. I would recommend it for anyone from middle school through adulthood.
The plot moves quickly and the characters were completely relatable. I cared deeply about the family and what happened to them. Again, I think the story is suitable for a wide audience - I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to a middle school student, but I also think adults would enjoy it. The subject matter is heavy, but Sepetys conveys it in a way that I think mature middle grade readers can handle.
I highly recommend reading it. I think it gives insight into a part of history that is often overlooked (the Siberian labor camps of World War II) in a way that is accessible to a wide audience. I think it would go along well with the books that are typically read about the Holocaust, such as The Diary of Anne Frank and The Hiding Place.