Friday, July 1, 2016

Book Review: Salt to the Sea

Title Salt to the Sea
Author Ruta Sepetys
Release Date February 2, 2016

Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.

Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war.

As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.

Yet not all promises can be kept.

Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling and award-winning author Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II. An illuminating and life-affirming tale of heart and hope.

I really enjoyed Between Shades of Gray. Ruta Sepetys really brought that story to life.

I had really high hopes for Salt to the Sea. While it was a good book and I understand why so many people enjoyed it, it didn't live up to my expectations.

On the one hand, it's clear to me that this novel was very well researched. It's very well written historical fiction that sheds light on a situation plenty of people know little to nothing about. This is definitely a plus.

On the other hand, between the short chapters and the four alternating view points, we're not given much time to emotionally connect with any of the characters. This was the biggest downfall of Salt to the Sea. In a book like this, that emotional connection is what I really need to enjoy the book. Yes, I can still sympathize with the characters, but it's harder for me to empathize with them.


3 out of 5 stars

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