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May, St Helen and St Katharine

Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea is a beautiful book, telling a devastating story in an excellent way. It is one of the few books that have ever made me cry, and I feel like that counts for something. The use of perspective is unusual, such as in some chapters taking on the role of someone who supports Hitler, something I have never seen done before. Not only was the story heartbreaking, I find the fact that next to no one knows about the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff outrageous. The author has found the perfect way of telling the world about this disaster.
The story follows four young people, all from different parts of war ridden Europe, Prussia, Poland, Germany and Lithuania. Their stories start separately, and then are tied together beautifully, giving the book a complete feeling. The characters are completely believable, and the deaths of some make you feel as if someone you know has died, as you become so attached to them. All the characters are running to safety, and they are hoping to board a ship that promises freedom. But not all promises can be kept.
With a believable story, realistic characters and the perfect balance of fiction and fact, this is possibly the best written book I have ever read. On top of this, the story was brilliant. I feel this book deserves a 5/5 rating.

Posted on: 3rd May 2017 at 09:37 am

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