By Anagha Gouru
Genre: Non-Fiction Date of Publication: July 2014 Author: Candace Fleming Number of Pages: 292 Favorite Quote: “I'll pretend, I tell myself. Pretending is safer than believing.” – Anastasia Romanov, youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II Here is the riveting story of the Russian Revolution as it unfolded. The revolution was a tough time for the whole of Russia, from peasants to royalty. The revolution put an end to imperialism and and eliminated tsarism. When Russia’s last tsar, Nicholas II, inherited the throne in 1894, he was unprepared to do so. With their four daughters, Olga, Tatiana, Marie, and Anastasia, and only son, Alexei, a hemophiliac, Nicholas and his reclusive wife, Alexandra, lived a life of isolation as World War I raged outside their door and political unrest grew. They had no idea of what was going on in the outside world and they couldn’t care less. But during this, their son Alexei’s health was deeply declining. He was not allowed to do any activities that could risk bleeding. A bruise could be life threatening. At one of the Romanovs’ homes in Poland, Alexei begged his mother to let him go boating. Finally, she relented but as he got onto the boat, it collapsed and he bruised his thigh. The bruise went away in a few days though. A few weeks later, Alexei and his mother went on a carriage ride when suddenly he began to feel pain. He didn’t stop bleeding for eleven days. The Romanov family worried that Alexei, their only son, may not survive to make it to the throne. But there were more problems on their hands. Find out what else happens in The Family Romanov. My favorite character was Alexei. He was brave, strong, and never gave up. Even though he was a hemophiliac, that didn’t stop him from doing anything. Themes: Faith, Leadership, Family, Courage, Friendship, Power You should read this because it skillfully maneuvers between the lives of the Romanovs and the plight of Russia’s peasants—and their eventual uprising. The author also adds fascinating photos of the Romanovs which really gives a visual to the whole book. History doesn’t get more interesting than the story of the Romanovs.