This novel was one of the most beautifully written historical fiction books I’ve read in the recent months. Sepetys’ doesn’t and hasn’t ever shied away from topics from World War 2 as previous Young Adult authors have done in the past.
I absolutely adored every aspect of this novel. It started slow introducing the four main characters. During this novel, all four people are given their own perspectives and personalities thrown into the near end of the World War. They all have their part but it takes about 80-90 pages until all their paths truly start staggering together. This novel is for people who want a rather historically accurate novel about the lives of people all other Europe during the war.
The writing is the equivalent to Ruta’s best novel so far, “Between Shades of Grey,” which I’ve previously reviewed. Her writing connects you with the characters. Ruta will have you crying by the end of the novel guaranteed. The emotions creeping up and will encase you whole. Her words are delicately placed upon the pages. Should you not read this book, at least read one of her other books!
The only thing I disliked about this novel is the timing and speed of the read. This book won’t get to the true start until around page 70. Given the fact that it’s makes up for in character descriptions and background knowledge, I was able to push through the pain of the slow beginnings but if you can’t handle slow starts to books, you most likely won’t make it through the beginning of this novel. It’s entirely worth is to push through it though.
All in all, I’d completely recommend this novel! I’ll be giving it 4.3 out of 5 stars. If you like historical fiction novels, no matter the slow beginning, this novel will change your perspective on life! Have a good day!