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The author of the New York Times bestseller Between Shades of Gray returns to WWII in this epic novel that shines a light on one of the war’s most devastating—yet unknown—tragedies.

In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety.

Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.

Told in alternating points of view, this masterful work of historical fiction is inspired by the real-life tragedy that was the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloffthe greatest maritime disaster in history.

As she did in Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys unearths a shockingly little-known casualty of a gruesome war and proves that humanity can prevail, even in the darkest of hours.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brutal. Beautiful. Honest.”

    Sabaa Tahir, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Effortless, intimate storytelling…breathe[s] new life into one of the world’s most terrible and neglected tragedies.”

    Elizabeth Wein, New York Times bestselling author

  • “[A] knockout historical novel.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Artfully told and sensitively crafted.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “This haunting gem of a novel begs to be remembered, and in turn, it tries to remember the thousands of real people its fictional characters represent.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Lithuanian Joana, Prussian Florian, Polish Emilia, and German Alfred share their secrets in alternating chapters. While the narrators’ differing vocal qualities are a plus, they make no attempt at reproducing cultural accents, instead encouraging listeners to imagine the linguistic differences featured in the story. Rather than being a disservice to this powerful novel, the straightforward narration allows the life of each character to unfold without distraction. The heartbreaking climax will leave listeners stunned. An author’s note outlining the true story behind the fiction brings everything full circle. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “This book includes all the reasons why teens read: for knowledge, for romance, for amazing and irritating characters. This novel will break readers’ hearts and then put them back together a little more whole.”

    VOYA

  • “[The] scene setting is impeccable; the penetrating cold of the journey is palpable, and she excels at conveying the scope of the losses while giving them a human face.”

    Horn Book

  • A February 2016 LibraryReads Pick
  • A BookPage Top Pick of February 2016
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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