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Nayantara, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

Salt to the Sea

'Salt to the Sea' by Ruta Sepetys is what one would describe as a complete and utter page turner. From the very first line, I was hooked and was unable to put down this incredibly gripping book.
Sepetys switches from the perspective of 4 different characters, all who have different backgrounds and views on the war. This made me find the book more exciting and kept me reading. The chapters alternated in length - which quickened the pace of the story and maintained a fast, but not rushed feel to the book.
There were times when I cried whilst reading, and times where I squealed. Sepetys managed to create realistic characters that you feel a deep connection with. From the wise shoe poet and the wandering boy , to Alfred - a character who can sometimes repulse you, but confuse you at the same time.
The idea that this book was based on one of the world's most unknown tragic story fuels the lingering sense of sadness you feel throughout the book.
Despite loving practically everything about this book, one thing that stood out for me the most was how beautifully each individual character's (the main four) story was woven into the other. It all made sense and clicked together perfectly.
Overall, if you hadn't already guessed - I absolutely loved this book! I could not put it down, and even after reading the final chapter, it took a few minutes for the effect to finally sink in. A truly magnificent book.

Posted on: 28th March 2017 at 08:44 pm

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