This book goes straight to my 'Favorites shelf', I absolutely loved it.
This is not a pretty book, the torture that the characters have to endure is written so realistic, that you can picture in in your head. And believe me, it's brutal!
But even though this book is tragic and heartbreaking, it's heartwarming at the same time. The characters are so well written, and so powerfull. Lina's mom is my absolute favorite in the book; even with all those horrible things that are happening, she keeps trying to give the people hope.
But this book also made me think about WWII, and I was a bit embarresed that I didn't really know much about this part of the war. I've learned a lot about Hitler, the war setting in Germany and France, the 'work'camps for the Jews, but I didn't even remember learning about the Lithouanians (is this the right spelling?) and those camps in Siberia. I'm glad that I got to read and learn about that part of the war now too.
Shortly said: Tragic book, well developed characters, great writingstyle. Looking forward to reading another book from Sepetys.