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Adam , Shebbear College

Salt to the Sea

'Salt to the sea', by Ruta Sepetys, is a heart-rendering, poignant tale.

World war two. Four young refugees leave their homelands, in order to sail away to safety, on the 'Wilheim Gustloff', a ship that promises safety and prosperity for all. A ship that promises to lead the way to a new land of freedom.

But not all promises can be kept.

Covering arguably the most tragic maritime disaster in history, Ruta Sepetys tackles a complicated topic with ease.

Ruta Sepetys is a brilliant author, an astounding literary talent. Her use of characterisation is astonishing, as one feels like they are seeing the world from the characters' very own eyes. Told from four parallel viewpoints, this book has an extremely effective structure, with chapter of no more than a couple of pages each, the book seems fast paced and momentary.

I think that it is transcendental, her ability to manipulate the readers' emotions. During the book, I laughed, I stayed on the edge of my seat in surprise, and I cried.

A brilliant novel by an astonishing, upcoming talent. I urge everyone to read it at some point.

Posted on: 5th June 2017 at 01:31 pm

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