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Naomi, Kingswood Carnegie Club

Salt to the Sea

I found Salt to the Sea a heart warming story. I felt that it clearly depicted the lives and worst moments of the War.

You follow the lives of multiple characters, through their good times and their bad times, and you slowly learn their back story. This enables you to get tangled in the web of the story.

I have read a lot of books like this, in terms of the idea to set it during a War, but this is one of the ones that I felt more connected too.

The idea to split up the chapters into the personal views of alternate characters was a bit confusing at times, and was undoubtedly a risk. I can understand why others said that they were confused, however I found it quite clear and easy to read.

I personally found it easy to fall in love with the characters and their personalities, even if they themselves weren't that likable. They all had distinctly different personalities, and I felt that each of them was representing a different part of a person in times of trouble. There was kindness, naivety, coldness, selfishness, cruelty, fear, despair and hope.

I think that there were a few characters that I would have like to see live on, such as Eva, but it is clear that she would have died near the end, in the sea.

Overall, I loved Salt to the Sea. I found it moving, and at times happy, while others moments sad. But overall, I think that it is a clear, deserving winner of the Carnegie Medal.

Posted on: 23rd May 2017 at 05:05 pm

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