How hard is to retrieve a dozen eggs? If nowadays is very easy, in Leningrad during the nazi siege it was very different.
This is the task assigned to Lev, a seventeen years old boy arrested by the police and accused of thievery, and to Kolya, a soldier accused of deserting his group. The dozen eggs are the key to freedom and salvation, otherwise they are going to be executed.
The characters met in the jail, and from that moment the adventure to get the eggs begins. They will firstly explore Leningrad and then the fields out of the city, where partisans are fighting the german troops.
The story of Lev and Kolya brings us in the streets of the sieged city, where people suffer daily frost, hunger and bombardments, and where survivors do everything to stay alive, also the unimaginable.
The same is out of the city, where the german threat is even more real, and so Lev and Kolya will have to do everything they can to keep surviving.
City of thieves is a compelling novel, full of adventures and humanity. It’s hard to leave the two guys while reading the book, and it’s even harder to forget them when the book is come to the end.
* City of Thieves by David Benioff ★★★★★
*I read this book in italian