After a so-so start (the main character, Jacob, does not show up until Part Two, and the character of Luc never really came alive for me), the story really becomes engrossing as the reader is forced to see the reality of life and death in the Nazi death camps. Escape seems impossible, but the terrible risks are thought worth it, not just to regain freedom but to tell the world the truth about what is happening at Auschwitz.
It's the kind of book that's hard to put down, but at the same time it's hard to read, because this isn't just fiction, it's a fictionalized account of what really went on under Hitler's rule. The fact that an escape takes place isn't a spoiler you can guess it from the title. But it's also probably not giving much away to say that some people will die as a result of the escape, and you don't know who they will be.
I can't say I *enjoyed* the story I don't think it's the kind of story intended to be enjoyed but it was definitely worth reading.
I read this book as a prelude of going to Auschwitz on my trip to Europe. I was very glad I had read it and I found it related in so many areas of what we were hearing as we toured the Concentration Camp...it seemed to bring things to life for me while there. After I read it, I gave it to my friend as well as to my daughter to read before we got to Poland. All three of us felt it was very authentic.