Fifteen-year old Lina Vilkas is taken from her homeland, Lithuania, and hauled to one of the Stalin labor camps with her mother and brother. There they work long hours each day and receive barely any food. At night they’re kept awake by the NKVD who insist that they sign to agree that they are criminals and that their sentence shall be twenty-five years’ hard labor. This deeply moving historical fiction illuminates and magnifies a period in history that is often overlooked. Some people only heard of Nazi concentration camps and are completely ignorant of Stalin labor camps. Perseverance, love, and hope are what support the survivors of the labor camps.
I give this book a 10/10 because it is so intricately written and I really like the topic.