Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (WoW)

Waiting on Wednesday (or WoW),  is hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. Basically, it's a meme occuring every Wednesday, where you sign up at Breaking the Spine and then do a post about a book you're anticipating the release of. Head over to Breaking the Spine to learn more and sign up!

This week I'm anticipating:

Between Shades of Gray
                                                  Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
                                                         Release Date: March 22nd 2011
                                                          Summary: (From Goodreads)
 Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.
Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously—and at great risk—documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.

 Sounds good, right? I really want to read it! At first, I was really sceptical, but then I saw all the positive reviews, and watched this video where Ruta Sepetys talks all about her novel, and the history behind it. I was really interested, and after seeing that video, I knew I have to have this book. I am also intrigued, because from the video, it was mentioned that this book is subjected around a not-well known part of history, and I just love finding things out from the past, especially things that haven't had much light shone on them.

In case you're interested, here's the video about Between Shades of Gray:

A great video, right? I found it quite interesting....but a little sad and horrifying too. I can't wait to read Ruta's debut, and I wish her luck with it!

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