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Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea is set in Germany during the Second World War. It follows four main characters and tells the story from each of their perspectives. It closely links to real events that happened on the ship, the Wilhelm Gustloff. They are all trying to escape Northern Germany by boarding the Wilhelm Gustloff. The characters are: Joanna; a Lithuanian nurse, Emilia; a polish refugee, Florian; a Prussian who is a criminal and Alfred; a soldier who puts all of his faith in the Fuhrer.

It takes a different point of view to most war books, which are mainly about escaping the Nazis but Salt to the Sea is more about what was happening to the Germans. The different points of view are quite hard to follow at the start but they are all experiencing the same difficulties on the Wilhelm Gustloff. The book describes gruesome details very clearly - there are many morbid descriptions of corpses and death. By the end of the book many of the characters are dead because of the ship sinking.

I really enjoyed this book and I think that the author must have done a lot of research. It is very descriptive and you can almost picture the characters and the places.

My least favourite character was Alfred because he was vain and self-centred. He also doesn't care about anybody else on the ship and he tried to attack Emilia when he found out she was Polish.

I would give this book ten out of ten because it had a really moving and gripping plot. I would recommend this book for 11+ because it had some details that a younger child might not understand. It also had very vivid descriptions of death.

Posted on: 13th June 2017 at 04:53 pm

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