I don't know if I am qualified to give a review of this book . But something urges me to . Salt to the sea is a heart wrenching semi fiction depicting the little known wreck of the ship Wilhelm Gustloff that was carrying several helpless refugees who despite of witnessing and facing some of the most brutal scenes of the world war 2 boarded the ship with hope for a better future. I have read about the war in my history textbook a lot. I am aware of the cruel practises of Stalin and Hitler. But this book showed me how it really was . It showed me the suffering and injustice . I am just 15 years old. I don't think my review is perfect . But if you did read it till here,I would recommend the book stongly. The book was worth reading. Hats off to the author.Thankyou
🍀Book Review 🍀 . 🍀Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. . 🍀 Genre : Historical fiction. . 🍀Storyline : Q. Did the story have a good beginning? A. I was a bit confused in the starting. The story started with four different views which made it difficult to grasp. Q. Did you want to read the book to the end? Why? A. I so very wanted to know what happens at the end, it was so gripping. Q. Were you happy with the ending? A. At least it had some happiness at the end which made me feel better. . 🍀Setting : Q. When and where is your novel set? A. East Prussia, 1945. Q. Were the descriptions good? A. They were just perfect. I lived the story. . 🍀Characters : Q. Pick the main character in the novel you studied. A. Joana, Emilia, Florian, Alfred. Q. Did you like them? Why and why not? A. All the characters had suffered a lot because of the war, I heart even goes for Alfred. It felt so unfair about the situation they were in. . 🍀Theme : Q. If you had to say what the novel was about in one sentence how would you describe it? A. Four strangers with four secrets but one destination crossed each other in most difficult of times. Q. Did it make you think about the issue in a new way or even think about it for the first time? A. The story really urges you to stand against Wars. Because Wars had never done anything good before the beginning or after the end. . 🍀Language : Q. Did you find this book easy to read? A. It was too easy just had a problem in first 10 pages but after it I just flew through the story. . 🍀Pick out your favorite description. A. War is catastrophe. It breaks families in irretrievable pieces. But those who are gone are not necessarily lost. . 🍀Conclusion : Q. Would you recommend this book and why? A. If you are against Wars, read this book to strengthen your point.
Four people with secrets embark on a journey. The goal is one and the same, to board a ship that allows them safe passage to the German mainland. The sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff by Russian submarines is one of the greatest tragedies of WWII. With a death toll of over 9000, the event has been conveniently forgotten by historians and the world alike. But that fateful night is lived and re-lived in the nightmares of the survivors. . Joanna, a nurse is to unite with her mother. Emilia is in search of her beloved, Florian carries a secret that could get him killed (and not in a merciful way) and Alfred is a delusional sailer in search of fame and glory. Through these characters, Ruta Sepetys creates a story that will latch on to you and make you believe that war isn't worth the amount of death and destruction it brings. . The narration is through multiple POVs and gives us a clear and precise idea of what their lives are during a war that didn't invite. Joanna's need to help anyone in her way, Emilia's trust issues, Florian's self-doubt, and self-inflicted loneliness and Alfred's imaginary letters to his beloved, gives us a story where the reader is compelled to feel protective of them and pray for their wellbeing (except Alfred's, he is the villain you didn't know you needed). But they are all headed to a tragedy that can't be evaded. . 'When the survivors are gone we must not let the truth disappear with them' Sepetys words and her attempt to bring this tragic incident to life is incredibly successful in my opinion. The story moves slowly, even though it's easy on the eyes and reads like a fast-paced novel. Each chapter brings a different scenario, a new revelation and yet another obstacle. The intensity varies throughout, but it's only at the end that you are biting your nails, trying desperately, to find a happy ending. . 'Salt to the Sea' talks about the meaninglessness of war, and that the Sea knows no one, engulfing each soul in a similar and unforgiving manner. Hitler's idea of Germany and Stalin's idea of the Soviet Union brought about a war that spanned through borders and generations, deciding the fate of thousands of people. And Sepetys gives us a glimpse of one such event, full of violence and unimaginable pain.
It's a beautiful, heart wrenching novel about probably the worst maritime disaster in history, worse in terms of the casualties than even the Titanic but people hardly know of it. More than just the disaster, the story is about the endless and countless struggles of civilians in the then East Prussia and Lithuania and those in war torn countries in general.
This book was beautiful. I love Ruta Sepetys' writing and the characters she created was just amazing. This book will make you love historical fiction. I think fans of Anthony Doerr's "All The Light We Cannot See" will definitely enjoy this book.