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Zac, King's School, Macclesfield

Salt to the Sea

"Salt to the Sea" is set in 1945 in World War II and follows the stories of 4 different people named; Joana, Florian, Emilia and Alfred. These four different people all come form very different backgrounds, have different personalities and outlooks on the war. Yet the book manages to unite them under the fact that this war has made them all hide terrible secrets and that they have enemies everywhere and that their only hope a boat named the Wilhelm Gustloff.
This book is not a lighthearted read and I think that with the topic the book concerns, the bleak and overcast tone is appropriate and really helps you to envision the state of the world and helps you sympathise with the characters and their plights.
The book covers a lot of rather dark topics, including the holocaust, the brutal treatment of people in World War II, family and more.
The book had lots of twists and turns, diverse and engaging characters and several strong and interesting plots for those characters and really does give you a notion of what it was like for people having o struggle across a war-torn land back in World War II and what it must be like for people today in countries with ongoing wars such as Syria.
In my opinion "Salt to the Sea" is an excellent read that brings light to a very shadowed and unknown tragedy. If you are interested in historical books and World War II and if you are looking for a darker and more serious tone then this book is a must read for you!

Posted on: 10th May 2017 at 03:36 pm

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