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review 2017-09-12 00:00
Between Shades of Gray
Between Shades of Gray - Ruta Sepetys This story has tons of feels. It's about when Stalin was invading countries. The author's note speaks about how everyone knows of Hitler, but many don't know that Stalin was doing horrible things. Because of how Russia was communist until the 90's people weren't allowed to talk about it before so it isn't as known. Anyways, the Lithuanian people in the story were taken from their homes and loaded into railroad cars. Many died during the trip. It was horrible. They went to work camps. Some ended up in Siberia freezing to death. Parts are heartbreaking. It focuses a lot on the relationships between the people, not just all the horrible stuff that happened.
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review 2017-05-26 23:43
Realistic Historical Fiction
Salt to the Sea - Ruta Sepetys

Audiobook, excellent narration
Intense survival historical fiction- be ready for some deep feels
A young adult novel that transports the reader to a horrendous time in history. It is the story of four fictional individuals evacuating/escaping during World War II who make their way to the ill-fated
doomed Wilhelm Gustloff the greatest sea disasters of all time. The individuals the story follows are Polish, Lithuanian, Prussian, and ? each has secrets, each different reasons for running. The Germans and Russians, the torture and abuse they did these people is semi cleansed making it suitable for younger or sensitive readers. I will warn you this is not a HEA type read it touches on the realistic fate of most refugees and the ship disaster. There is one sociopath German that is truly frightening.
I loved walking along with this group of people, the shoe poet was my personal favorite. His tales and warmth were amazing. I really enjoyed it and learned of a historical event I hadn't heard of before.

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text 2017-05-22 02:48
Reading progress update: I've read 34%.
Salt to the Sea - Ruta Sepetys

Hard scene, they are all hard but this one was harder to witness. One of the innocents fell. The horrors are so layered and unending

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text 2017-05-21 04:30
Reading progress update: I've read 10%.
Salt to the Sea - Ruta Sepetys

The level of horror is rising for this group and yet there is kindness and beauty and a new life

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text 2017-05-20 16:28
Reading progress update: I've read 5%.
Salt to the Sea - Ruta Sepetys Such an ugly time in history
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