Monday, February 27, 2017
One Night in Winter
You guys. One Night in Winter is the best book I've read in a long time! I recently scored it along with a bunch of other books from the Dollar Store and it's pretty much the best dollar I've ever spent.
Based on a true story, this book takes place in Russia just after World War II. We are introduced to a group of kids who go to Stalin's prestigious school. All the kids' parents are the elite within the government, and they have a love for the Romantic Literature class, taught by a beloved professor. The kids love a Russian author named Pushkin and celebrate him with a club they've created which I would compare to the Dead Poets' Society.
They do reinactments of his literate, but everything goes wrong when they are reinacting a scene with pretend guns, which have somehow been replaced with real guns. Two of the kids end up dead and what started as a child's game is turned into a conspiracy to overthrow the government, after their club's book is found with some controversial information inside.
This novel gives a pretty intense view into what life was like under Stalin's Russia and will keep you up reading late into the night. You should definitively add this to your must read list today.