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Salt to the Sea

To start off, I sped through this book a lot and I may have forgotten some aspects of it, but damn was the emotion there!

Salt to the Sea is a WW2 based short novel of the perspective of four young people: Joana, Florian, Emilia and Alfred. They all have completely different views of the world and it's honestly really good. It's a varied four too, with a Lithuanian Nurse, a German Soldier, a pregnant Polish girl and a Prussian Thief.

The writing makes them vivid and realistic, as if they were real (FACT: this has happened in real life, but the characters are all fictional). Sepetys' writing style is beautiful but is heavily impactful. Her writing is accurate to the history of World War 2 and the gradual change from the characters' personal issues being forgotten as they must fight for survival is seamless yet painful to read as only the reader can see it.

All I can say for this one is to read it yourself. I'm giving it a 4/5 because honestly, I would've liked a more polished off conclusion and maybe a little backstory on each character too.

Posted on: 22nd April 2017 at 11:56 am

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