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scoobert doo, Aylsham High School

Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys is an incredibly moving novel which transports you to world war two to recall the life affirming story of one of the worst disasters in maritime history.
This story depicts fierce friendships through the in depth characters Florian, Joana, Emilia and Alfred. We see their tale develop from the perspective of the four as they flee Russia on the Wilhem Gustloff. Each character has a deep backstory and throughout the tale we see how the Hitler and Stalin has devastated their lives. Sepetys does the moving tale justice through a range of gripping and vivid imagery. The story is intense and intriguing as we grow attached to the independence from the engaging characters. My favourite by far is Joana because of her independence and how strong she is throughout the story. You can see how the war has affected her and even though she’s in a difficult position she continues to help others and look out for people whose lives have been shattered by war. She’s a very real character and its heart breaking to see how the war takes its toll on her.
I was interested by this story because of its captivating scenes and how intriguing the piece was, however I felt at times there was too much going on which caused it to divert from the plot, however on the whole I felt the book was to a high standard and communicates an intelligent stoyline.

Posted on: 5th June 2017 at 10:25 am

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