Review by Norma: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the SeaSalt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Date read:  January 25 to 26, 2017

Well that was enlightening, emotional, and a page-turning read!

SALT TO THE SEA by RUTA SEPETYS is a Young Adult Historical Fiction novel that is engaging, heart-wrenching, and a powerful read with an extremely interesting plot that grabbed my attention from the very first chapter. This was definitely another page-turner and extremely hard to put down.

The last few books that I have read lately have either had an embossed dustjacket or cover and this is no exception as this one has a partially embossed dustjacket as well as an embossed Stork on the actual cover. Must be some kind of theme for my reads lately! THE COVER definitely depicts an ominous read which I found extremely fitting for this novel.

The details of the ship, Wilhelm Gustloff is a shockingly little-known peace of history from World War II that I am sad to say that I never new anything about until after reading this author’s work of historical fiction.

Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four Secrets.

SALT TO THE SEA has us following along the tale of four captivating CHARACTERS; Joana (The Nurse), Florian (The Knight), Emilia (The Polish Girl), and Alfred (The Letter Writer). I really enjoyed the format of this novel which was written in very short chapters with alternating points of view of the four characters and made me want to read “just one more chapter”. I really liked what each of these characters brought to this story as well as the secondary ones throughout this book. RUTA SEPETYS delivers an unforgettable story here that was easy to follow along with the storyline and all the characters involved.

To sum it all up it was a well researched, heartbreaking, enjoyable, quick and a fast-paced read with a satisfying ending. Would recommend!!