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Mia, Sutton Girls

Salt to the Sea

Such a thrilling read! The main characters were so interesting and different in their own way. I loved how there was so much mystery and tension throughout each story of the individual. The way the history was presented was in such a unique but cool way. Between the setting and the writing, everything was so vivid, which just increased the intensity. This book was beautiful, devastatingly so.

Ms. Sepetys does a wonderful job of shedding light on the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, a maritime disaster that claimed more than 9,000 lives and remains an overlooked part of history. Admittedly, I had never heard of this disaster until reading this book. Perhaps this is the result of a world that was less than sympathetic to German pain and loss following the end of WWII and the unveiling of the Nazi atrocities. Whatever the reason, I am glad that Ms. Sepetys brought this piece of history into the light. This story needed to be told.

Weaving fact and fiction together seamlessly, the author tells the story of a group of WWII refugees trying to flee as the Russian troops gain ground toward the end of WWII. Told in alternating POVs, this book reveals a human side of war. Everybody seems to have something to hide and a different motivation for their actions. Above all else, this story highlights the fight to survive.

I don't want to spoil it for anyone but as you may of guessed, the ship sinks. However, I won't say much else about the story line because I think this is a story worth experiencing.

This isn't a fairy princess king of story, it is real and moving.At times painful, this book highlights the depths of human depravity, as well as the incredible kindness that people are capable of. This is a story of tragedy and survival. It was raw, gritty and inspiring. I would recommend this book to people like WWII history or really upsetting books.

Posted on: 14th June 2017 at 08:09 pm

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