Under a Blood Red Sky, Paperback
3 out of 5 (2 ratings)

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Davinsky Labour Camp, Siberia, 1933: Sofia Morozova knows she has to escape.

Only two things have sustained her through the bitter cold, aching hunger and hard labour: the prospect of one day walking free; and the stories told by her friend Anna, beguiling tales of a charmed upbringing in Petrograd - and of Anna's fervent love for a passionate revolutionary, Vasily. So when Anna falls gravely ill, Sofia makes a promise to escape the camp and find Vasily: to chase the memory that has for so long spun hope in both their hearts.

But Sofia knows that times have changed. Russia, gripped by the iron fist of Communism, is no longer the country of her friend's childhood.

Her perilous search takes her from industrial factories to remote villages, where she discovers a web of secrecy and lies, but also bonds of courage and loyalty - and an overwhelming love that threatens her promise to Anna.

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Synopsis: The story begins in a labour camp with two best friends Sofia and Anna. Anna is very ill, causing Sofia to think of ways to save her - no medicine is available in the camp for prisoners, and that won't keep her alive for long, anyway. This causes Sofia to come up with a plan - a plan of escape. Sofia decides to escape first, as Anna is nowhere near healthy enough to manage the long walk to the nearest village, and she promises to come back with help for Anna. But then Sofia falls in love - with Anna's old lover.My Opinion: This book kept me interested throughout. I loved the historical backdrop of communist Russia with a fast-moving contemporary plot which kept me hooked.
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Unfortunately I was unable to finish this book – which is not something that happens to me very often. I hadn't heard of Under a Blood Red Sky until I saw it in the library and I thought I'd give it a try as I love historical fiction set in Russia.However, right from the beginning of the book I felt we were being asked to accept things that weren't plausible. The whole plot was just too far-fetched for me. The other (bigger) problem I had with this book was that I couldn't con...more Unfortunately I was unable to finish this book – which is not something that happens to me very often. I hadn't heard of Under a Blood Red Sky until I saw it in the library and I thought I'd give it a try as I love historical fiction set in Russia.However, right from the beginning of the book I felt we were being asked to accept things that weren't plausible. The whole plot was just too far-fetched for me. The other (bigger) problem I had with this book was that I couldn't connect with any of the characters. Although they were constantly putting their lives at risk and facing unimaginable horrors under Stalin's communist regime, I found I didn't really care what happened to them. Sofia was one of those model heroines – beautiful, brave, intelligent and perfect. Everybody seemed to be captivated by her and I couldn't really understand why. She just didn't feel like a real person to me. Of course, there were some situations that even Sofia couldn't deal with – that's where the gypsy Rafik came in, using mesmerism and mind-control to overcome obstacles. I thought the whole magical aspect of the book seemed a bit out of place.I tried to keep reading, thinking the book might get better but when I found I was almost halfway through and still wasn't enjoying it, I decided not to waste any more time on it and put it down with a sigh of relief. I'm glad I had borrowed this book from the library instead of spending money on it – at least I didn't lose anything apart from a couple of days when I could have been reading something else.

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