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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

Ruta Sepetys has put to paper the story of four young people united by war who all share one hope: to board the Wilelm Gustloff a ship born of death....

This book is told from rour different points o view, each representing a country broken by war. Even though I think this structure is over used, it is important to have the story told to show different reactions to and views of events. This gives the reader forwarnings while the characters remain mystified!

I think Alfred's letters portray his character very well as they show his vanity and adoration for his idol, Hitler. He was a very good Bad Guy!

Florian is a deep character, busy pretending to be tough so forgets to be kid. He learns to be tactical and stealthy but inside he is just longing for home and a chance to start over. He works well with Emilia as she brings out his soft side which he hides, pretending to be gruff...yes, I like Florian.

And Emilia....she seems such a naïve and innocent little girl, but she carries such a dark secret and turns out to be perceptive and plucky. She surprised me through the course of the story.

Joanna is easily defined as the strong caring person, that everyone relies upon. Her level headedness in desperate situations covers up her emotion personality.

This powerful and touching novel has changed me, and made me realise just how lucky we are to have been born in such a peaceful time. Ruta Sepetys has written the tale of thousands....if only more books were like this one!

Posted on: 12th June 2017 at 11:09 am

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