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Megan, Long Stratton High

Salt to the Sea

I absolutely loved this book it was amazing. I do like historical fiction but it's not something I read very often. The great thing about this book was the way it was written through different characters perspectives, so each chapter was a different person. At first I thought it would be confusing with four people but all their stories entwined and so in the end it ended up being one story from four different perspectives. I thought the ending was a bit unexpected but I did like it. I just thought it would be a bit happier. My favourite character was definitely Emilia but it was a shame she did die at the end. This was because she was very lacking in confidence at the start and I enjoyed seeing her grow as a character, though it was a shame at the end when she died. I thought Florain was very strange as his life was a real mystery until the middle and end of the book. I think it was a shame that Ruta Sepetys didn't reveal the character of Florain earlier in the book. Then we would have known that he loved Joana. The way that Alfred made mental letters to himself really annoyed me because it seemed pointless when he had paper and a ink. This aggravated me because I wish that he would just get on with the story and not keep saying things to himself.
I would definitely recommend this book as I learned a lot from the experiences that the characters had and their feelings during WW2. I don't think I've read a book that is based on the characters that much and included the feelings of the characters in so much depth. I definitely feel I want to read more of Ruta Sepetys books, Between Shades of Gray.

Posted on: 29th March 2017 at 04:36 pm

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