Katie, de Stafford School
Salt to the Sea
“Salt to the Sea” is a gripping tale based in World War 2. The book follows four young people's stories, each one of them being affected by the war in a different way. Despite how unique each character is, they do have one thing in common: they all seek freedom on the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that will bring them to safety.
On first appearance, Emilia is simply a young girl trying to survive the war, Florian is a brave young soul who seems rather cold, Joana is a caring nurse and Alfred is a naïve soldier who thinks more of himself than he should. As the book progresses we find they all have much more depth as well as past worth reading about.
As it is a historical fiction, not many would gravitate towards it. However, upon getting into the book and giving it a chance, it is a great read. The chapters are not set up in the standard way; instead each chapter takes on a new perspective. This way we truly see how the four characters deal with the war and the suffering it brings.
The way Ruta Sepetys represents the relationships, between Florian and Joana, Emilia and Florian, plus many others, makes the book much more emotional. At first, it is difficult to build a connection with any of the characters, but by the end there feels like there’s a bond between the reader and those on the page.
The book sheds a new light on the war too, showing how people could be in pain and die on both sides. It is a beautiful story that deserves to be read.
Posted on: 23rd April 2017 at 02:22 pm
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