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Emily , Chobham Academy Book Group

Salt to the Sea

I absolutely loved Salt to the Sea. It is an illuminating book that captures you on the first page. It is a very real book about the tragedies aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a shockingly unknown disaster that took place in World War 2. It stands out from other war stories, seeing the Russians as the bad people, not the Germans. The Wilhelm Gustloff is a ship promising the four narrators new opportunities. They are all haunted by guilt, lies and the war. It is from the point of view of the innocent people in the countries around Germany, affected by the war. As the thousands of refugees travel to the ship, promising safety, the four paths intertwine, revealing the lingering, troubling secrets all four bare. It gives the reader an idea of the thousands of untold stories lost in the catastrophes of the World Wars. The book is detailed, emotional and informative, giving the reader different perspectives on the situations and events the characters are ensnared in. It is sad, upsetting and full of hope. It shows you that the war was very real and how terrible the effects were for all the vulnerable people involved. I loved the characterisation and how all the people were very different. It shows how, even in the same place, everyone had their own story of their life in the war and gives you an idea of their stories in this beautifully written book.
I completely hated Alfred, even though I understood parts of the way he thought. All the other characters were amazing.

Posted on: 29th April 2017 at 09:00 am

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