Fifteen year old, Lina is the main character of this book. I was truly inspired by Lina, but I did notice some pitfalls. Lina has amazing hope and determination, even when times are especially difficult. She uses her rays of faith to help others and encourage them to not give up. When her mother and brother both fall ill, she takes matters into her own hands and helps them. Even tough she is young, she applies responsibility , and continues to work hard. Lina is a compassionate and generous person. Even though their ration size is only enough to barely keep them alive, she shares her own and puts others before herself. I found very few weaknesses in her, but I think that she had trouble letting go, as many people. She allows herself to suffer when she is forced to separate from Andrius. I know it can be very hard, but I I think she should have kept him in her heart, but still work hard.
The climax is when Lina and her mother
and brother are transferred to the camp near the Arctic Circle. I thought that the whole book would take place in the Siberian prison camp, but when they are relocated, the book changes.
My favorite part of the book was knowing that the mean and harsh prison guard was nice, and helped to bring medicine to the suffering Lithuanians. I also loved when the family, after this horrible tragedy, were reunited and lived happily ever after. I would change the part when Andrius and Lina went their separate ways. The bonded very well, and I would have enjoyed to see them continue together through the whole book.
I definitely recommend this book for anyone who loves historical fiction, and a book about never losing hope, sadness, and happiness. It was one of the best books I have ever read.