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Neharika, Chobham Academy Book Group

Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea is a historical-fiction novel which depicts the terror of four young individuals in the long-forgotten tragedy of World War 2. Inspired by the greatest catastrophe in maritime history, we are exposed to the cruel hardships and struggles of the innocent people who were left behind.
All four of our main characters grow throughout the book, through their interactions we learn about their pasts, motivations and regrets. There is also a group of supporting characters who, even with the small amount of time focused on them, we grow emotionally attached to and hope that they make it out alive.
Alfred, in particular, is not a likeable character by any means yet still manages to be intriguing- and even sympathetic.
In the end, this book is about the plight for survival in a hopeless situation and the lengths people will go to ensure their own safety.

The ending the only complaint I would have against this book, the change of tone and pace felt too jarring and broke my immersion in the storyline.

Nevertheless, the story is captivating- as it is heartbreaking and never once was I left in confusion or left disinterested. Salt to the Sea had my full attention all throughout the book, and it is one I would highly recommend to anyone looking for complex characters and a gripping narrative.

Posted on: 25th May 2017 at 10:57 pm

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