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Carina, John Mason School - Abingdon

Salt to the Sea

Like me, you might have already read many books about war and are wondering if this is different from all the others. However, this is no ordinary war time book, about one nurse or one soldier, one refugee or one sailor, each fighting their own desperate battles to survive the barbaric violence and crushing depression of war. This book has all 4 of these people's stories beautifully woven together to create one intricate and unique story about WW2 from the eyes of 4 incredibly different people drawn together into the never ending world of terror.

In this novel you follow Florian, a mysterious and irresistibly handsome soldier, Joana- a caring and pretty Lithuanian nurse, Emilia - a girl who has had to flee her country and leave everything and everyone she has ever known behind - and Alfie, an overly patriotic, self obsessed and deep thinking German sailor. But they all have one thing in common; each carries secrets that are buried deep in their past in a world that seems so far away, before the war. But when the worst comes to the worst nothing really matters anymore apart from just surviving one more day…

Although when you begin to read the changes in viewpoint can be initially confusing you soon piece together the story line. This book is so eye opening and instantly enthralling from the first page. I felt such a deep connection with Emilia, Joana and Florian and felt like I was living in their stories. However I found Alfred’s pretend letters (that he “writes” in his head) annoying and a bit childish and sometimes, like Florian, I felt like giving him a slap!

A first class novel which I would urge adults and teenagers alike to read as soon as they can get their hands on it. Well worth a read!

Posted on: 26th April 2017 at 04:48 pm

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