Book Review – Salt to the Sea


Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
Pages: 391
Released: 2nd February 2016
Publisher: Philomel Books

My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars


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 know almost everyone has read and reviewed this book by now but I figured its never too late to get my own opinions and feels in there some where!

Alright so going in I knew how emotionally exhausting historical fiction books are (and I mean that in the  best way possible) but this just blew my mind. Plus I know books with many points of view are sometime hard to get into but this one was perfect it simply couldn’t have been done any other way.

The reason this book surpassed all my expectations is mostly because the few historical books I’ve read were from the point of view of either Russians or Americans so catching a glimpse of all these other countries during this period of time was mind blowing (I’m going to say that a lot). I mean I just can’t wrap my head around all the devastation, I had honestly never even heard about the Wilhelm Gustloff before this and it holds the record for the greatest loss of life for a ship.

I’m truly really impressed by the detail and research that went into this. I mean we get small glimpses of how people suffered so much because of two people who were given an unnecessary amount of power.

So to the one person who hasn’t read this, what are you waiting for?


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