Thursday, 26 November 2015

Mini review: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

GoodReads: In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety.

Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.

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Expected publication date: 04/02/16

I enjoy YA historical fiction and having really liked Sepetys previous two books: Between Shades of Grey and Out of the Easy (probably my fave out of the two) I was pumped to hear that she was working on a new book. 

Salt to the Sea takes place during World War II, more specifically a couple of years after Germany's invasion of Russia. In East Prussia World War II is actually coming to a close and among thousands of refugees on a desperate journey towards freedom are are three main characters: Emilia, Joana and Florian. The POV changes very quickly between them and although some people might be put of by the idea of this I say give it a chance, because in my opinion it's done really well.

Emilia, Joana and Florian are all hiding something, all carrying burdens that threaten to drown them, but when their paths cross on route to Wilhelm Gustloff -the ship that offers them a chance of freedom- their pasts and backgrounds are slowly revealed. When tragedy strikes on board the ship, despite their different backgrounds, they are forced to unite and depend one another as they fight for survival and edge closer to safety.  
Salt to the Sea is essentially a story about survival. Sepetys does not hold back or sugar coat things, she paints a grim picture that truly opens your eyes to the horrors of the war. My heart broke for the three main characters and what they had to endure. I easily found myself rooting for them, hoping desperately that they would make it to safety and survive. It wasn't all darkness, though, with the dark came great moments of light. During a time of chaos and death, humanity's ability to find good among the bad did not fail to prevail.

Overall, Salt to the Sea is a gripping and emotional read that I'm sure fans of YA historical fiction will devour.


1 comment:

  1. I got really excited as well when I found out she's onto something again. I LOVE her two books so this one got an inta-must-read for me. It's great to know that you really feel so the characters. You made me more excited to read this book!! Lovely review, Renu :)

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project


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