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Salt to the Sea

Salt To The Sea is like no other book I have ever read. This is a heartbreaking tale that takes in the height of World War Two. It follows the story of four different refugees, Emilia, Joana, Alfred and Florian as they try to escape to the Wilhelm Gustloff, as German ship promising freedom to those who are desperately trying to escape the advancing Russian Army.
This book conveys very important and serious themes such as Discrimination, Xenophobia and racism. Despite the book being set over 70 years ago, all of the themes are very relevant in today's society.
The current Syrian Refugee crisis could be closely compared to the main issue in this book. Ruta Sepetys gives us an inside view on the life of a refugee and the true horrors of war.
I think the author definitely portrays the mood extremely well.The authors use of language and literary techniques really add to the mood of the story.
The plot is very well constructed. The fact that the story is told from 4 different points of view really helps move the story along.
In conclusion I would highly recommend this book.

Posted on: 13th June 2017 at 10:04 am

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