Tuesday, April 23, 2013

World Book Night 2013- City of Thieves

David Benioff
Plume Books
January 2009

I probably would not have read City of Thieves had it not been my assigned book as a Giver in 2013 World Book Night. Thinking that I could not recommend and give away a book that I had not read, City of Thieves rose to the top of my TBR pile.

City of Thieves is a story of survival set during the Siege of Leningrad (St. Petersburg) in 1942. History tells of the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Russians by starvation, deprivation and murder during the brutal German invasion. City of Thieves is an adventure story, a buddy story, a coming of age story and a look at the absurdity of war wrapped up in a quest. I had moments of laughter, sheer horror, terror, joy and sorrow though out the course of Lev's and Kolya's journey to find the impossible, a dozen eggs. Lev and Kolya are brilliantly drawn. Lev is sensitive and secretly convinced of his own cowardice. Kolya is crude, arrogant and bursting with life.

I can highly recommend City of Thieves. It has been quite a while since I read a book that I found so emotionally affecting.

RATING- 5 Stars

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