In order for Lina to survive in the novel, "Between Shades of Gray" by the author Ruta Sepetys, she will depend upon the help of family, friends, and protector as well as her own inner strength.
Between Shades of Gray is a story about the fictional lives of Elena, a mother of two. Lina, the older daughter of Elena and the protagonist; and Jonas, the younger brother who has to act as a father figure although he is only 10-11 in the story.
The story portrays the hardships and horrors in their time of imprisonment into the concentration camps during the Soviet Union (USSR) in WWII.
Against the backdrop of the Siberian prison camps, Lina is able tosurvive eventhough she and everyone in the camp is treated like garbage. Her father was taken to a more harsh prison camp were he gets shot and is killed and her mother sacrifices her food and life to help her children survive.
Lina relies on the help of her mother (Elena), her brother (Jonas), and the gifts that nature gives to her to survive this turbulent time.
Lina had high hopes to hear word from her father who had been separated before they were taken; she sent encrypted messages with her artwork to her father in a nearby village.
Later they discovered her father had died; Lina’s mother had also died towards the end of the book.
After they finished working on the farm, they were deported again to the Arctic Circle.
Lina’s mother caught frostbite and died soon. Lina had almost given up her hopes of survival as everyone in the huts they made to survive caught diseases such as dysentery, typhus, and lice; but Lina’s mother had befriended one of the USSR guards before she died and he sent for a doctor to save the prisoners from disease.
The story ends with Lina’s hope to return home to her boyfriend and to restore her nation of Lithuania.
Elena does not bargain or take risks when her children’s safety is in jeopardy. As the Vilkas family is being sorted by the Soviet soldiers onto trains headed for the...