Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, is one of the most famous historical fiction books ever written. This 352 paged book has inspired many teens to acknowledge the Genocide of Baltic people. Ruta Sepetys was inspired to write a fiction book instead of a non-fiction book based on the stories she heard from survivors of the genocide during a visit to her relatives in Lithuania. She interviewed dozens of people during her stay. Between Shades of Gray was her first novel that she had written. This book was interpreted well enough by the readers to become a New York Times Bestseller.
Lina Vilkas is a fifteen year old girl who is the protagonist of this story. She was taken, by the NKVD, from her house with her mother and brother to exile. Later in the story she meets Andrius and falls in love with him. She marries him after the war while moving from place to place. Andrius uses his misfortune as a fortune to help others. He takes care of Lina and her family as best he can. Nikolai Kretzsky is a young NKVD officer who helps Lina and her mother even after Lina insulted him. Mr Stalas is a Jew who is deported with the other people. He wanted to die with dignity. He is often referred to as The Bald Man. He confesses that he was liable for the deportation. Janina is a starry-eyed young girl who likes to help others and to talk to her "dead" doll. When few selected people are brought to the North Pole for more suffering, dozens of people die from cholera and pneumonia. Lina however, survives and manages to save Jonas and Janina with the help of Nikolai Kretzsky.
Between Shades of Gray is based on these people and how they survived the suffering which makes the reader interested. The story starts off with Lina Vilkas being introduced as a middle class artist surrounded by a loving family. One night, Soviet officers (the NKVD) enter her home with all authority, tearing her family apart. She was separated from her father and forced onto a crowded and dirty train car with no luxuries. Lina, her mother and younger brother were in that train car for a year to reach their destination, a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. They were forced to dig holes, cultivate potatoes and beets for a daily ration of bread. She befriended many people and worked hard alongside her mother and brother for food and survival.
Upon arriving at the camp,...