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Jake A, Glossopdale Community College

Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea - what a book! It keeps you blood pumping and your heart beating. Salt to the Sea is an emotional roller coaster. The story is told by 4 people each in first person so that we see their points of view as they try to escape.

They all have something in common also - they are all refugees trying to escape by using the Wilhelm Gustloff to escape. Joana - a youngLithuanian lady, Florian - a Prussian solider, Alfred - a German sailor and finally Emilia - a young polish girl.

The author of this book created this amazing concept and just to put the cherry on the top of this large cake all 4 characters have diverse backgrounds and their own stories. This novel is a marvel of literature and well worth the time. It’s not my usual sort of book but, to be honest, it doesn’t have to be at all. I guarantee you will love it like I did. Everybody develops and has their own opinions. I have no more words for this book but that it was prodigious and I think it deserves the award just for the concept of how the story is told.

I mostly adored the book because all characters had their benefits and causes and they all had separate opinions on situations. And what I liked most was that they all, as you got into it, became connected in one way or another. The book it exaggerated slightly but mostly factual which is amazing, being such a creative book. It is slightly complex especially at first where you are trying to learn the characters and remember them but once you are past the first few chapters you start to enjoy the book more and understand it and that’s when I came to appreciate it.

If I had to rate the book it would be a definite 5 and I want to already give it the award even though I haven’t read them all. This is likely because it doesn’t become boring like some of the other books. And keeps its shine until the end and didn't even once lose my interest.

Posted on: 5th June 2017 at 07:55 pm

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