It was really hard to get excited about this book. I did not understand the full plot of this book, but I did understand it involved a work camp. And it’s hard to want to dig into a book about a teenager in a work camp in Siberia.
That said, every book club needs to read this book. Written for a youth audience, it is not excessively violent. It tells an important story — the work camps that were established by the Soviets. There are no Americans coming in to save the day and open the camps.
Reality does not allow the happiest of endings, but the very last few lines allows for some hope.