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Sienna, Backwell School

Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea was an enjoyable, intriguing read that didn't let me put it down until I'd devoured the very last page.

This book is not something I'd usually pick off the shelf out of choice, because I believe the blurb did not do the book justice. It promised an entertaining read, but not to the same extent as when you really got into the story line and realised how well written it actually was. I think the style of writing was key, because I'm sure many authors would not be able to pull off the quick flick between characters without the reader getting too confused. The attention to detail was also something I enjoyed greatly, as it allowed vivid pictures to form in the reader's mind.

The characters were exceedingly well developed and the individual personalities meant the reader was almost certain to identify with at least one of the roles in the story.

I must admit, my favourite character was Florian, and I know some people disliked his backstory and personality, but I liked the idea of a thief who could forge papers and paintings. I liked him because he started of a tad shady, untrustworthy and unwilling to trust, but eventually found a purpose in helping the small group of refugees, albeit reluctantly at the beginning. The only thing I disliked about Florian is how he never quite broke out of the self-centred belief his mission was more important than friends or a new family.

I think this book was good in the fact it wasn't a 'happy ever after' like a lot of stories seemed to be, as it gave the reader perspective that life sometimes is unfair. I was sad that the Shoe Poet died, though. I thought he was a very original character.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it. It has a twisting, gripping plotline that will leave you enthralled for days after you have read the last word, wondering about the other, unspoken stories that went down with the Wilhelm Gustloff.

Posted on: 8th June 2017 at 05:00 pm

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