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Emily K, Glossopdale Community College

Salt to the Sea

'Salt to the Sea' is a very gripping, powerful novel based on a real life tragedy during Word War ll. The story is seen from four different perspectives: Joana, Florian, Emilia and Alfred who are all fleeing from war-torn countries. All of them are hoping to board the 'Wilhelm Gustloff', a ship that promises safety and freedom.
I think that the author gave each character a unique personality and not one out of the four people were similar. Also, another thing I really liked about the novel was that the chapters were cut down to around a page or two for each person. Personally, I think this gave them more of a chance to explain their life stories better because there is less chance of the reader to forget anyone.
For me, the book was quite out of my comfort zone as I don't usually reach for War based books but I ended up really enjoying it even though I found it a struggle to get into at first.
To conclude,Ii think the book is also based around equality and people being fair to each other, even if they are from a different religion or country. I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it as it educates you yet also entertains you.

Posted on: 23rd April 2017 at 04:25 pm

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