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Salt to the Sea

Dvancing Red Army The ship was overcrowded with than 10500 passengers the intended capacity was approximately 1800 and than 9000 people including 5000 children lost their lives Sepetys writer of 'Between Shades of Gray' crafts four fictionalized but historically accurate voices to convey the real life tragedy Joana a 45 This book was beautiful It s gonna take a minute for all my thoughts to set in Video review to come

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While the Titanic and Lusitania are both well documented disasters the single greatest tragedy in maritime history is the little known January 30 1945 sinking in the Baltic Sea by a Soviet submarine of the Wilhelm Gustloff a German cruise liner that was supposed to ferry wartime personnel and refugees to safety from the a I try I really do but Sepetys s war stories do nothing for me Yes I know I m in the minority I was one of few who didn t love her debut Between Shades of Gray and much preferred her second book Out of the Easy Now she returns to World War II and once again I don t get itAs with her first novel I feel a little uncomfortable being negative about these kinds of books This was a horrific time when some terrible atrocities were committed and I applaud the author for always focusing on the unknown but no less true parts of history Many of us know the tales of German and Polish Jews during the Nazi reign far less know what Lithuanian refugees faced Even fewer will know of the tragedy this book is about I like that Historical fiction that teaches me something is always appreciated However a few history lessons is truly all I took from this bookThe story is told in very short chapters of 2 3 pages sometimes just a few sentences and the perspective jumps between four different people Joana Florian Emilia and Alfred Personally this didn t work for me We spent so little time with each character before moving on that I constantly felt distanced from them never making an emotional connection In the beginning the rapid movement between perspectives even made it difficult to follow the storySepetys for me writes some of the most detached accounts of WW2 atrocities It honestly shouldn t be that hard to evoke sympathy or some feeling for these poor people but I genuinely felt nothing You know those expendable people that get gunned down in movies while the hero runs from the bad guys The ones who the camera brushes over and we never think about again That is how I felt when learning of all the casualties and brutality in this bookThe book is told in one long tedious journey and features many flashbacks that failed to piue my interest The present is literally about them trekking across the icy landscape and having to show their papers to one soldier after another before finally getting to the boat they want to board I m sorry but it was so boringMaybe I could put it down to recently reading a fast paced exciting and horrifying book set during the Second World War Front Lines but to be honest I just think the author s war stories are not for me I m an emotional reader and this kind of narrative leaves me coldBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store

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Lithuanian with nursing experience; Florian a Prussian soldier fleeing the Nazis with stolen treasure; and Emilia a Polish girl close to the end of her pregnancy converge on their escape journeys as Russian troops advance; each will eventually meet Albert a Nazi peon with delusions of grandeur assigned to the Gustloff dec How foolish to believe we are powerful than the sea or the sky ALL THE FEELS Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys nurtured my body it fed my soul it made my heart soar I also had a wave of despair and a feeling of intense longing when the book ended coming to the unfortunate and fortunate realization that I would be experiencing a book hangover A phenomenon that occurs when you read something so good you think you will never find something uite as good againThis book was by no means a walk in the park or a box of Godiva chocolates It is like you are on an emotional roller coaster with upside down turns twists and drops It will tear at your insides it makes you want to cry and shriek why is this happening This novel follows Joana Emilia Florian and Alfred They are young adults vying for a passage on the Wilhelm Gustloff It takes place in the Winter of 1945 during World War II These young adults and the passengers on board the Gustloff are hoping for freedom and safety from the war This book was inspired by the biggest maritime tragedy of all time When I had read the plot summary I had initially thought Hold up The Titanic or The Lusitania was the biggest tragedy in maritime history wasn t it NO It actually was the sinking of the Wilhelm GustloffFor information on this event please Ruta Sepetys hit a home run with this one I d like to add a caveat about this book If you are a reader like me who might generally shy away from young adult fiction don t I loved thisIn addition I loved how the book was constructed The chapters were very short In fact while I was reading I kept thinking Just one chapter Just one chapter and then I noticed it was dark outside and I had finished the whole book Gotta love those stayuptoolatecan tfunctionbooksThis book was unexpected It was executed skillfully and I loved how the author recreated the time period so effortlessly It was clear that Ruta Sepetys had done extensive research on the subject matter and time period leaving meticulous details throughout the book indicating her extensive knowledge Ruta Sepetys has a way with words that cannot be matched or duplicated This book will leave a footprint on my heart forever for that I m sureHighly Highly Recommended55Popsugar Challenge Prompt 25 A book that takes place by the seaBuddy Read


About the Author: Ruta Sepetys

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author and Winner of the Carnegie MedalRuta Sepetys was born and raised in Michigan in a family of artists readers and music lovers The daughter of a refugee Ruta is drawn to underrepresented stories of strength through struggle and hopes to give voice to those who weren't able to tell their story Her award winning historical novels are published in over fifty c



10 thoughts on “Salt to the Sea

  1. says:

    I try I really do but Sepetys's war stories do nothing for me Yes I know I'm in the minority I was one of few who

  2. says:

    I have never been so simultaneously sad and angry while reading a book in my whole life

  3. says:

    This swift footed kind hearted historical is intensely satisfying in just about all the ways a novel can be satisfying Without furth

  4. says:

    45 This book was beautiful It's gonna take a minute for all my thoughts to set in Video review to come

  5. says:

    45 starsNo wonder SALT TO THE SEA won the 2016 Goodreads Choice Award for Young Adult Fiction It’s pretty darn captivating Every time I finish reading an historical novel especially the WWII ones I find the need to congratulate myself It’s no secret that those novels are usually heavy in emotions and historical elementsYet Ruta Sepetys made reading this YA historical novel so easy I didn’t even feel the necessity to take a dozen brea

  6. says:

    Update Here is my video review book is a masterpiece It takes place during WW2 and follows 4 characters as they

  7. says:

    Such a beautiful yet tragic story Ruta Sepetys has such a way with words Video review to come

  8. says:

    “How foolish to believe we are powerful than the sea or the sky” ALL THE FEELS Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys nurtured my body i

  9. says:

    Ruta's work is a gift

  10. says:

    “Joana Vilkas your daughter your sister She is salt to the sea”I’ve been waiting for this book ever since I finished reading Between Shades of Grey back in AugustI’ll admit that I had very high expections for this book and I’m glad that every single one of them was met I could not stop reading Salt to the sea I kept telling myself j

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