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Elise, BSG

Salt to the Sea

"Salt to the Sea" was, in my opinion, an amazing book for many reasons. First of all, the character development was so deep - I felt as though I was moving with the characters throughout the whole book. Seeing as there were four different perspectives on the story, there were also four different perspectives on each character, which made you see all sides of their personalities. For me, this was what made the book outstanding. Not only this, but the fact that the story is based on a true event made the characters seem even more real. Another thing I loved about this was that the book gave a true insight into what it would be like as a war refugee during this time. I feel as thought the writer portrayed it in a very truthful way. Secondly, I found that there were a few genres within the book: drama, mystery, and even a bit of romance. This was good, as it could cater to many audiences. I thought it was really clever how the author gave each character a secret. When each one was revealed it really changed my opinion on the character, and made me see them in another light, which of course deepened that amazing character development. I also loved how beautifully the end tied in with the beginning, with the first sentence of their first chapters being the same as the last sentence of their last chapters. I thought it was an incredible technique and helped wrap up the story in a lovely way. The only thing I would say about the book in a more negative light is that I was a bit confused by the ending. I really couldn't understand the final chapters and how they linked in with the rest of the story.
Towards the end, I must admit, the book did make me cry, but this is yet another example of how the author creates an emotional connection between the reader and the characters. "Salt to the Sea" was definitely my kind of book, and I loved the emotional journey it took me on.

Posted on: 27th April 2017 at 09:31 pm

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