Title: The Patriots
Author: Sana Krasikov
Genre: historical fiction
Part of a series? No.
Publish Date: January 24th, 2017
First, thank you to Netgalley and Random House Publishing for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
A sweeping story taking us from The Great Depression’s Brooklyn, to Soviet Moscow, Siberia and 1980’s New York. One woman’s choice to follow a dream (and a man) to Soviet Russia changes her entire life. Too stubborn to go back, she joins the collective and gets to work. Later, when she feels endangered and misses home it is too late. Passports are “lost” and there is not help at the Embassy. This is the story of Florence, a headstrong dreamer that went to Russia for the better life, only to be met with hard work conditions and mistrust.
Falling for another expatriate, Leon, the two make a life together translating stories from magazines. When it is decided that these magazines were dangerous to the collective, the two have to think fast to save themselves and their young son Julian. Unfortunately these are dangerous times…
After seven years in a work camp Florence is reunited with her son. The war, and the camp has changed her, though. She can’t talk to Julian about this, even when he is older. It is something he will never understand, along with her ingrained desire to not “raise a fuss”. Living through the orphanage, and never knowing what really happened to his father, has had a real impact on how he relates to everyone. His son, Lenny, feels the brunt of it and leaves home for Russia to make something of himself. You see the three generations and how their surroundings change them. The secrets that are kept for a lifetime-regrets and betrayals.
I really enjoyed this book! The characters were well developed, and I learned a lot about this point in time. The story moved a bit slowly for most of the book due to the large amount of information. The world building was, to me, perfection.
I did have some pacing issues, and there were a few instances where the author fell out of third person POV and went into first person (I never did learn who “I” was). Hopefully this will be taken care of in the finished copy.
Even with these minor lapses, though it was a five star book for me.
As far as the Adult Content Scale goes, there is sexual content (some rather explicit), language and violence. I give it a seven. I would let an older teen read it, but I would be wary of any reader under the age of seventeen.
The book came out TODAY! Let me know what you think!
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