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Salma, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

Salt to the Sea

This was my penultimate book to read on the list, and I have realised by now that many of the books on the shortlist have stories told from multiple points of view. ‘Salt to the Sea’ was no different. However, what really stuck with me was the powerful narration from the four characters: Joana, Florian, Emilia and Alfred. Each chapter was rather short, ranging from a few sentences to a few pages, which kept me hooked, and each perspective was unique, but they all linked together in the end.

One of my favourite things about this book is how simply it is written- some historical novels spend too much time elaborating on the details of the events, but even though I didn’t research the event itself before reading, it was easy to follow. I especially liked how Sepetys took a well-known event- the Second World War- and wrote a story about a more obscure part of it, making us realise that every victim of the event at the end had a story to tell. She mentioned this in the author’s note at the end, saying, “Please, give them a voice.”

I would definitely recommend this book to ages 13 and above due to the mature themes hinted at- it is a must read.

Posted on: 14th May 2017 at 06:15 pm

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