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Salt to the Sea

Ruta Sepetys' writing skills prove to be stunning throughout this book, with her beautiful language captivating its readers within the first sentence. The realistic and yet incredibly heart-jerking story educates, informs and reminds children of the terrible circumstances so many people were forced to experience barely eighty years ago.
The character development featured in the book is unlike any other I have seen, with Joanna's perfection and intelligence transforming to guilt and fear; Florian's fearlessness and independence to love and protection; Alfred's insanity to desperation; and, most effectively in my opinion, Emilia's pitifulness and frankly annoying naivety to incomprehensible bravery and selflessness. Watching the characters grow in such unpredictable directions is unexpected and yet reflects perfectly the behaviour of so many teenagers today.
Sepetys' ability to craft a sensational story out of a vast variety of genres astounds me; from death and destruction to gentle romance, the book covers and reinvents an entire spectrum of divine language and literature and morphs it into the same exhilarating tale.
Florian and Joanna provide a distinctive and delicate love story in an impossible situation.
What's more, Alfred's unbelievable and shocking storyline disturbs and touches the reader, making them crave the story. I am also appreciative of his inclusion in the book, as he displays how the war took innocent young people and cruelly marred them to become a murderer.
After being defeated in my quest to find anything negative in this book, I urge Ruta Sepetys to continue writing incredible novels and pray that one day she receives the fortune and respect that she deserves for her talent. In fact, I would like to thank her for the writing the best book I have read in a long time.

Posted on: 19th June 2017 at 11:00 am

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