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Nathan, Sir Harry Smith Community College

Salt to the Sea

'Salt to the Sea' has that way of writing that you feel that it's really happening even a week later. It is very moving and the empathy is very high. It is about four people, aged between 15 and 21, who experience the tragedies and loss of war in World War II, and how their lives meet in the desperate times. I think it was a good idea to write a story in the German point of view, a change from the Allies, because then we feel a bit more compassion for the people in the countries around Germany. I experienced the relationships between the characters - a Prussian deserter, a Lithuanian nurse, a Polish girl and a selfish sailor - all of which had many secrets. A story about thousands of refugees trying to evacuate the haunting horrors of the war.

This is one of those books that make me experience every word. The writing is uniquely written in an obsessing way that makes it hard to put the book down. I mostly felt the relationship of three of the characters, but the other one, Alfred, was always thinking of himself, thinking he was worthy, which he clearly was not. Not in any way. Not ever. He was also quite stupid, especially taking in account that he called himself intelligent. However, this was obviously the character that Ruta Sepetys wanted to create.

I think the most emotional part of the story was when the Wilhelm Gustloff, the ship that ten thousand people boarded, was hit by three torpedoes and sunk. Around 9,000 lives were lost, more than the famous Titanic. Only two of the main characters survived. I also think it's weird why this ship is not as famous as the Titanic, and even more when I heard it is quite unknown.

This is definitely my favourite book so far. Read it.

Posted on: 17th June 2017 at 01:03 pm

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