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sasha, Chobham Academy Book Group

Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea is a beautiful story with 4 very different perceptions of the war.
There is Florian, a deserter who holds many secrets and one extremely precious jewel. The amber swan is stored in a locked box that only opens with the key stored in his shoe. He stole this as he was deceived by a thief who he thought treasured and restored art.
Joana is a nurse who walks in a large group to reach a destination away from the war. As she loses many friends she gains one who is a little more than a friend, a love interest. All she wants is the identity of the love interest, but he will not share.
Emilia was sent away from her father. When her new home is attacked, she is raped and left pregnant and vulnerable. Emilia, a polish girl, meets some people that welcome her in and hide her identity (Germans hated the Polish) but she chooses to hide her awful past with a made up man, August. Does she tell the truth? Will she escape the Germans?
Alfred is a man looked down upon. He is a lower ranked soldier and rather desperate; desperate to be noticed, desperate for a medal. When he meets a man with an important mission, he decides to seize the opportunity. Throughout his experiences, he talks in his head to Hannelore, a girl he did not quite understand.
In my opinion, this is a good book for a 13 to 15 year old. As a 13 year old, I really enjoyed this book as it was mature and well written however the only thing I did not like was Alfred at the beginning as I feel he did not add to the story. I rate it 8/10.

Posted on: 18th June 2017 at 04:52 pm

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