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Matthew , Lancaster Royal Grammar School

Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys is a novel set during World War II and is told from 4 different people's perspectives, telling the story of how they come together to try and reach the port of Gydnia/Gotenhafen, Poland to flee the advancing Russian military personnel, in what would later come to be known as Operation Hannibal. It also touches on the disappearance of the Amber Room, a piece of art lost during the war.
Florian Beck, Joana Vilkas, Emilia Sto┼╝ek and Alfred Frick are the four main characters. Florian is a young, East Prussian soldier who has fled Germany after discovering he is being used as a puppet. Joana is a young Lithuanian nurse, Emilia is a young Polish girl, and Alfred a patriotic German sailor about to set off on his first voyage aboard the Gustloff.
In this book, more details are revealed about the main characters as the book progresses, and as such it compels you to read on to understand more about each person's background and their own individual motives for their actions. As such, you begin to feel more connected to the characters the further you read.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book as it gives an insight into the lives of the ordinary people and refugees of the Second World War. It delves into the loss of close relatives, the tragedies of war and all the while educates you about things you may not have known about World War II.

Posted on: 18th May 2017 at 12:07 pm

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