I Must Betray You (Hardcover)

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For every ten people you know, expect that at least one of them is an informant for the secret police. That statistic is the harsh reality for Cristian Florescu, a teenager who dreams of a bright future, while trying to survive in bleak, communist Romania. Cristian is forced to become everything he despises when he is blackmailed into becoming an informant. With the promise of the medicine that could save his Grandfather, does he really have a choice? Cristian won’t be a full traitor though, and instead hatches a plan to expose the Ceauşescus and bring their corrupt regime to its knees. It’s December 1989; will he be able to pull this off as the communist bloc implodes or is all hope gone?


— From Clare's Recs


A gut-wrenching, startling historical thriller about communist Romania and the citizen spy network that devastated a nation, from the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of Salt to the Sea and Between Shades of Gray.

Romania, 1989. Communist regimes are crumbling across Europe. Seventeen-year-old Cristian Florescu dreams of becoming a writer, but Romanians aren’t free to dream; they are bound by rules and force.
Amidst the tyrannical dictatorship of Nicolae Ceaușescu in a country governed by isolation and fear, Cristian is blackmailed by the secret police to become an informer. He’s left with only two choices: betray everyone and everything he loves—or use his position to creatively undermine the most notoriously evil dictator in Eastern Europe.
Cristian risks everything to unmask the truth behind the regime, give voice to fellow Romanians, and expose to the world what is happening in his country. He eagerly joins the revolution to fight for change when the time arrives. But what is the cost of freedom?
Master storyteller Ruta Sepetys is back with a historical thriller that examines the little-known history of a nation defined by silence, pain, and the unwavering conviction of the human spirit.
Praise for I Must Betray You:

"Compulsively readable and brilliant.” –Kirkus, starred review
"An ominously suspenseful historical novel set at the brink of revolution." –Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Sepetys once again masterfully portrays a dark, forgotten corner of history." –Booklist, starred review
"A master class in pacing and atmosphere." BookPage


About the Author

Ruta Sepetys (rutasepetys.com) is an internationally acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction published in over sixty countries and forty languages. Sepetys is considered a "crossover" novelist, as her books are read by both teens and adults worldwide. Her novels Between Shades of Gray, Out of the Easy, Salt to the Sea, and The Fountains of Silence have won or been shortlisted for more than forty book prizes, and are included on more than sixty state award lists. Between Shades of Gray was adapted into the film Ashes in the Snow, and her other novels are currently in development for TV and film. Winner of the Carnegie Medal, Ruta is passionate about the power of history and literature to foster global awareness and connectivity. She has presented to NATO, to the European Parliament, in the United States Capitol, and at embassies worldwide. Ruta was born and raised in Michigan and now lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @RutaSepetys, and on Facebook at facebook.com/rutasepetys.

Praise For…

"Sepetys brilliantly blends a staggering amount of research with heart, craft, and insight in a way very few writers can. Compulsively readable and brilliant." -Kirkus, starred review
Product Details
ISBN: 9781984836038
ISBN-10: 198483603X
Publisher: Philomel Books
Publication Date: February 1st, 2022
Pages: 336
Language: English

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