Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Published: Philomel Books, February 2nd, 2016
Source: Hardcover, purchased
Genre: Historical Fiction
How I Felt: Another
beautiful historical fiction from Ruta Sepetys. The talent and passion
while reading her books is quite evident. I hope she continues to write
books in this genre in the future because they are so good and she is so
I cried so much. I loved all of these characters. I
loved how each one was so distinct and I never forgot whose perspective I
was reading from. They were all so unique and had such strong voices. I
grew to love the majority of them very much. I say majority because I
hated Alfred. He creeped me out. Badly. I hated his perspective because
it was so majorly warped. He was so delusional I couldn't tell if it was
an act or if this guy was for real. And the whole thing with this
Hannelore girl was a little weird too. To sum up, Alfred is weird and I
don't like him.
I'm so happy we got to see what happened to
Joana. In Between Shades of Gray Lina is constantly wondering how her
cousin is doing. By getting to see from Joana's perspective we learn
about what caused Lina's family to be arrested and what happened in
those few years between the last chapter and the epilogue of Between Shades of Gray.
Florian is a precious cinnamon roll and must be protected at all costs. I love Florian.
had me sobbing the most. I felt so attached to her after getting to
know her full story. When revelations were made about her past, I bawled
my eyes out. I felt so bad for her, and she was so young. The ending
also had me bawling my eyes out for her. Gosh, these books make me cry
like nobody's business.
Another character I loved was the Shoe
Poet. I loved getting to hear him describe people based on their shoes.
He was so wise. I love elderly in books. It's so important that they
share their story.
I love how Ruta writes books on topics ignored
by many others. The sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff had a much higher
casualty toll than the Titanic, yet hardly anyone knows about it. I love
how Ruta is able to make me care so deeply for these fictional
characters, yet also inform and educate me on an important and
devastating tragedy from history that most often gets neglected.
I loved this book. I don't know which of Ruta's two books that I've
read is my favourite. I love them both so deeply. I highly recommend you
read this one as well. This story deserves to be heard. I would suggest
reading Between Shades of Gray before this one so you can connect the
story lines together, but it isn't necessary to understand either novel.
Thanks for reading!
*Info on book taken from Goodreads.com*
*Images taken from Google.ca
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