Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It is 1945 and World War II is coming to an end. Yet there are many refugees desperately traveling toward the hope of freedom. A group of unlikely individuals must unite and support each other through this harrowing time while also keeping their own secrets hidden. Their number one goal is to make it to port and onto the Wilhelm Gustloff. If everything works out, when they get off the ship they will be free. Unfortunately plans don’t always go as planned … especially during war.
Salt to the Sea is a stand-alone historical fiction novel that is easy to love, but is not easy to read. Since the story is told in multiple voices that are constantly changing, this book will not be for a lazy reader. Yet those that are willing to unravel these varied stories and continue through the adventure will be pleasantly surprised with the bright spot at the end of all the misery. Sepetys has created a great book that will lead many readers to look for additional information about this little known tragedy.
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