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Elizabeth, St Augustines Catholic College

Salt to the Sea

I loved this book more and more as I became a part of it, and felt as though I really knew the characters inside. Salt to the sea follows the fleeing of four people entangled in the horrors of world war two, and what it stole from so many. The fact that each character comes from a different culture was ingenious of Ruta, as it creates a sense of diversity throughout; each sharing the stories their troubled, and mostly regretted backgrounds hold; the ways certain countries, and their people were effected.

Despite its many amazing qualities, Salt to the sea is slightly hard to grasp in the first few chapters, with the story changing suddenly between the four characters, only to truly make sense when the lives of the characters become intertwined by what could be fate, or sheer coincidence.

However, Ruta Sepetys has created a voice, and an identity for those lost tragically to the Baltic sea, along with what is now named the ghost ship, where the horrific scene of January 30th 1945, is frozen in time, holding the unheard stories of so many. This book is extremely well written, making the reader feel as though they are part of the story.

Overall, I recommend this book to anyone, for its gripping, and emotionally attaching properties. Salt to the sea certainly has a sure chance of winning the Carnegie award.

Posted on: 27th April 2017 at 08:13 pm

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