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Sekret (2014)

by Lindsay Smith(Favorite Author)
3.68 of 5 Votes: 3
1596438924 (ISBN13: 9781596438927)
Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Children's
review 1: After her parents break their link with the powers that control the government, Yulia, her mother, and her brother spend much of their time hiding in Moscow in 1963. But Yulia has psychic powers that the KGB wants to harness, and she is kidnapped and taken to a swanky prison where she and others with various psychic gifts are trained. Although Yulia goes along with the plans of her handlers as they try to protect the Soviet space program from CIA spies, she and some of the others are determined to break free. I enjoyed this unique book. Although it covers some history with which many readers will already be familiar, it does so from a different point of view and in a creative fashion. Readers will be drawn to Yulia's plight and wonder who she can trust while also hoping th... moreat she will find freedom. Most tantalizing of all are the brief snippets about famous figures such as political leaders Nikita Khruschev and John F. Kennedy and cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin and the hints that are dropped about the many failures in the space race that resulted in the loss of lives. Those hints made me want to read more while the book's complexity made it hard at times to sort out the good guys from the bad guys.
review 2: I just finished this book and after shutting it and gathering thoughts about the book, I literally said aloud, "What did I just read?" I don't know if it was the fact it was set back in the old Russia, and the ties between Russia and America were not that great, or the writing was confusing, but I did not understand most of this book. I cannot even write a review for it. Honestly. I know it was set back in the old days when the ties between Russia and America weren't all that great and there was this secret government group (KGB) who were taking kids who had special abilities. Yulia was able to touch someone or something and trigger memories from the touch, there were people called scrubbers who could alter memories and those were the people who really had the most power. I loved Valentin, even though he was a scrubber, and I loved his relationship with Yulia, that was adorable. I do wish the romance was more abundant in this novel, but anyway for the most part the writing was good, I guess my mind wasn't all there when I was reading this novel. There are people out there who might enjoy reading this book. As for my reading preferences I did not like it, but that doesn't mean any of you guys shouldn't give it a try! less
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Couldn't get through this - will try again at some point. It's..boring.
Phenomenal look at The USSR in 1963-64.
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