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Alex P, Glossopdale Community College

Salt to the Sea

'Salt to the Sea' is full of surprises as different accounts, from different people, from different countries, attempt to escape the destructive conflict of the then known - 'Great War'...

Every chapter of this long, interesting story brings a new perspective of characters as they flee to the borders of their countries. Some of the people that this includes are named: Joana; Florian; Emilia and Alfred. Three of the first named characters are civilians, ordinary people, who all come from different countries across Europe that have been entangled in the war between Germany and Russia. It just so happens that in their accounts, they stumble past each other in a series of events and create a special bond... However, Alfred is a very manipulative and gullible person who is a sailor, a sailor of the 'Wilhelm Gustloff' - the ship that Joana and the other survivors are trying to get to.

Secrets are revealed all throughout this perilous journey. However, they are for you to discover.

The way that the author has made the layout of the book is very unique and I absolutely love it - every part of the story had different aspects and realisations to certain situations after you hear it from different characters. At moments as I was reading, I became indecisive on who's story I should really believe and what characters I have grown to like more and trust more.

My thoughts on the book are mostly all positive, I can truly say this is the most fascinating book I have ever read. Although at the start it can be confusing for someone who has never read stories with multiple accounts from characters. But a part from that I am very impressed and would love to read more stories by this amazing author.

Posted on: 22nd April 2017 at 05:28 pm

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