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Yasmin, St Augustines Catholic College

Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea is a novel which reviews what circumstances some had to face during World War Two.
This book is unlike any other book I have read. Although the themes are quite basic and common, the way it is written in a four-person narrative, making it more interesting to read.
At the beginning, you can sense the difference between the people’s lives, this is what makes this book more unique, as it acknowledges all the various perspectives during the second world war.
Throughout the book there is suspense, yet there is warmth from the developing of the character’s relationships. There is plenty of inspiration within this book, as well as a lot of meaningful facts.
There is a kind of desperate feel as all the characters face different obstacles within their emotions: guilt, fear, shame, and fate. Furthermore, the build up to the characters all meeting under very challenged circumstances, showed that everyone struggled. Also, the fact that each of the characters have a secret they do not want to share, connects them.
To our modern minds today, this book opens our eyes to the kinds of refugees there were in those times; the characters progressed in the book, and grew up, this made me realise that these people still tried to progress in life even though War affected them.
The quad perspective can become a little confusing, as I found myself reading back some of the chapters, because near to the end, everyone’s story sort of ties together.
The start and ending are effective, starting and ending with the same phrase.
It was quite frustrating that the book ended so vaguely, however, it left me thinking about what I wanted the ending to be.
Overall it was a very gripping read, and I did not want to put the book down till I had finished. It could be a worthy winner of the Carnegie award.

Posted on: 23rd April 2017 at 06:22 pm

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