Book Review: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys


4.5 stars out of 5

This was such a beautiful book. I thought the four different perspectives would be confusing to follow but Sepetys is such a brilliant writer that it worked well for this story. I felt like I was reading four different journals from four completely different characters. I liked the perspective from the German traitor, the Polish girl, the German soldier, the peasants, etc. They each had their own struggles during WWII. I had never heard of the tragedy that happens in this book from WWII and once I finished and did some Googling I discovered this was not the only disaster of this type. (I don’t want to give it away, so that is why I am being so vague.) Also, there are a couple other historical events that Sepetys puts in the book that I found interesting to look up and read after I finished the novel. I highly recommend this book to those that enjoy historical fiction and stories from WWII.

Summary from Goodreads below.
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.
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.

3 thoughts on “Book Review: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

    • jolenewilsonblog says:

      It talks more about the effects of the war on the characters. For example one of the character’s parents are dead and there is mention of rape and murder and starvation. The main focus of the book is the four teens and how they are trying to get to safety.


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