Salt to the Sea
This book offered insight into one of the most criminally overlooked tragedies, and managed to make an emotional and touching story. I found most characters well rounded and developed, and sometimes the author managed to warp your opinion on certain characters in a couple of chapters. Take Alfred, for example (warning, this contains small spoilers), who changed from a brave and noble (from the small bits of information we received about him from the mental letters) warrior to a... well, frankly an idiot with unjustifiably high self-esteem- and his character transitioned quite hilariously.
The plot overall was good, but not great, though it had very few flaws, but there was quite an information 'overload' in the first few dozen pages which left me flicking backwards and forwards so I could connect names with information. Another slight problem was that I didn't really feel Florian and Joana's relationship would head in a romantic direction, though this may just be because I'm still at the point where I loathe most couples in existence. Basically, what I'm trying to say is that their romance was quite a sudden thing; I could see small hints, but never did I think it would end the way it did- but it might be a credit to the author that I didn't see it coming, or just that I didn't link it all together in time. The plot, mainly, is quite average, with a few parts falling short of the mark.
The characters are where the book excelled- nearly all of them had intriguing character arcs, and I was hooked on Florian's story, just because it was so interesting. Alfred, though I found him slightly unnecessary to the plot as he was, well, disposable, was good for lightening up the story and also giving point of view from the 'bad' (I use that word with great displeasure) side. Joana provided a calming and (relatively) kind presence, but it feels like sometimes she is just a plot device, rather than a real person. Emilia, I found, was moved to the side-lines more than I would have liked, and, though her story was moving, I didn't find out as much as I would've liked about her. As for the side characters, the 'Shoe Poet' was reassuring but seemed too omniscient at times; the little boy, although young, had plenty of personality and Eva seemed like your run-of-the-mill pessimist, but she was quite appealing.
Though I might not have complimented this book as much as I should have done, I really enjoyed it.
Posted on: 19th March 2017 at 09:11 pm
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