Sometimes in war the toughest enemies are starvation and disease.
Taken from their home, forced to leave their country, put to work in labour camps, frozen and starved, Adam doubts that he and his family will ever make it out alive.
Even if they were to get away, they might freeze to death, or starve, or the bears might get them. For the Polish refugees, the whole of the USSR becomes a prison from which there is no escape.
I am a big fan of historical novels and I enjoy reading about periods in history that I don't know much about. So this book really appealed to me in a lot of ways. I have studied the Second World War several times from a few viewpoints, but never from the Polish point of view. I didn't know much about Russia during that period at all. For that reason I thought it was a good educational read.
I opened this book a few days ago, and have been steadily reading a handful of chapters at a sitting. I wouldn't say it has been an easy read though. The writing is really good. Szymanik has a good talent for describing the scene, and really putting you there. I felt the characters' panic, and their grief at times. My mind clearly painted the pictures because the author did her job very well.
For the mother in me though, she did it a bit too well. Some of the scenes even right from the beginning of the book were just too much for me. I ended up losing a few hours sleep, not from reading but from my mind reeling at what these poor people endured. I like that the book touched me so much and what I took away from that. But I guess what I'm saying is, I wouldn't recommend it if your pre-teen or teen is a sensitive soul.
Random listing from 'Books'...
Alex and Freddy are just like any normal brothers. They are always squabbling and forever finding new ways to irritate their parents. There's only one difference. They are also the most powerful robots on Earth!
In this epic story, Alex and Freddy discover that they aren't the only super-powered robots around. The sinister Robot 23 has plans to take over the country! No-one is safe. Prepare for giant robot beefeaters, flying tube trains and rocket-powered sibling rivalry.
All trademarks, images and copyrights on this site are owned by their respective companies.
KIWIreviews is an independent entity, part of the ePLURIBUS.nz Network. This is a free public forum presenting user opinions on selected products, and as such the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinion of KIWIreviews.co.nz and are protected under New Zealand law by the "Honest Opinion" clause of the Defamation Act of 1992. KIWIreviews accepts no liability for statements made on this site, under the assumption that they are the true and honest opinions of the individual posters. In most cases, prices and dates stated are approximate and should be considered as only guidelines.
"Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?"