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Jessica, Herts & Essex High School

Salt to the Sea

This is one of my favourites this year. It is about four different characters, and their journey through the 1945 German maritime Evacuation. The book’s characters are fiction, but the situations they endure are sadly based on truth. The four main characters are Joana, Florian, Emilia and Albert, and they all have a big secret that gets revealed bit by bit throughout the book.
I thought that Joana was a really strong character- who stuck to what she believed and tried not to be afraid. She is a nurse, and took that responsibility very seriously, helping to save countless lives throughout the book. I found her a very interesting character to read about, because her background and history influenced her actions so much. I also thought that her developing relationship with Florian was interesting, as you could see the both of them grow and strengthen together.
Florian was one of my favourite characters, as he tried so hard not to let his feelings and beliefs influence his actions, and he tried to live in the past. His one goal keeps him moving throughout the story, and yet as he makes friends and learns to care properly, other factors keep him motivated. His history is one of the darkest of all the four main characters, and I think that it really shaped who he becomes at the end of the book, along with the friends he makes along the way.
Emilia's story is the most emotive in my opinion, her past and present experiences really make you feel for her when you read them, and you become quite fond of her. However, you do not actually find out the truth about her past until quite far into the book. The realisation you make about the characters can all be quite shocking, but Emilia’s secret is by far the most horrible.
Albert is the last of the four main characters, although in my opinion he should not be a main character at all. He relates not at all to the other three, and his character is fairly snobbish and stuck up. He is also quite a bit of an idiot. I find him unbearably annoying- taking all the other characters for granted and remaining oblivious to the horrors they have endured.
I think that the relationship between the main characters is extremely engaging, with revelations and discoveries at every turn. I would definitely recommend reading this, as it has something in it for everyone, be it historical fiction, mystery or even romance. If you read this book then I can guarantee that you will like it.

Posted on: 18th May 2017 at 11:08 am

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