“Hold your head high, and if you’re going to do down, go down knowing you have not compromised your soul.”
This book shook me up. Almost definitely going to be on my best books of the year list. This is the first book that I have ever given 15/15 to for overall love, so that is saying something.
- Writing quality: 4.5/5
- Pacing: 5/5
- Characters: 5/5
- Enjoyability: 5/5
- Ease of reading: 4.5/5
- Thought-provoking: 5/5
- Merit and originality: 4.5/5
- Overall love: 15/15
“Ask yourself these three questions, Tatiana Metanova, and you will know who you are. Ask: what do you believe in? What do you hope for? But most important – ask: what do you love?”
This is a book set during World War 2 in Russia, which is one of the reasons why I picked it up, because I have never read a book set in Russia – nevermind during one of the biggest world events in history.
“Never compromise on what your heart tells you is right.”
It follows a young (about 19 I think) girl called Tatiana as the war begins, and it maps her journey as the war unfolds. There are so many layers to this book, and so many characters which are so amazingly well fleshed out that it is truly a brilliant book. The characters really haunt you and stay with you, and it’s one of those books which opens your eyes to some of the situations people have to face. It’s especially great because it is set in Leningrad during the Leningrad siege, which is such a fascinating and heartbreaking time in human history.
“We do everything we can, and then we die.”
Please let me know what you thought on the book, I know there are a range of opinions on this book in the community and I’d love to know what your thoughts are!
— Catriona x