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Maddie, Spalding High School

Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea is my favourite book so far, even though I haven’t read all of them yet and this opinion might change. I am not usually a fan of historical novels but once I had read a few chapters and had gotten used to the different points of view, I couldn’t put the book down.
The historical accuracy was impressive and engaging. The plot was fast pace and expressed lots of emotional realism in the exchange between characters. The character’s backstories were gradually revealed in a realistic manner (not forced or out of place) and effected the characters personalities realistically.
The characters emotions were portrayed in a way that could be sympathised with.
Because of the historical context of the book, the book took place in a very challenging time, it portrayed the horrors of war in a way that you could understand how ordinary people, such as the characters in the book, could be effected.
The ending wasn’t stereotypically optimistic because of the historical context. It showed how history doesn’t always have a happy ending but the ending had closure and was very emotional. Personally, I think that the ending was the best part of the book.
Another contributing factor to why I like Salt to the Sea is the way the mood changes with each character’s point of view. Because each character had a different thought process and personality, the writing style had to reflect that. In this book it did, flawlessly.
Overall I love the characters, emotions, writing style, emotional realism and historical accuracy. This is a very good book that I struggled to put down.

Posted on: 14th May 2017 at 10:19 am

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