Salt to the Sea — a Book Review

I think I can safely say that this is the best book I’ve read all year………      

                                                                                                                                   ……so far, anyway!  

Ruta Sepetys’ book, “Salt to the Sea” takes place in East Prussia as World War II is drawing to a close.  Thousands of refugees are desperately attempting to get to the Baltic Sea where they hope to be evacuated in ships and escape the approaching Russian army.  The story is told through the eyes of three refugees….. Joanna,  a Lithuanian nurse, Emilia, a Polish teenager, Florian, a Prussian young man and  Alfred, a sailor on the Wilhelm Gustloff.  

This is historical fiction at it’s finest.  A true tale brought alive and fresh through the eyes of compelling fictional characters.  Survival is surely the theme of this book. Surviving the Nazi occupation, surviving the Russian invasion and surviving the greatest maritime disaster of all time. 

“Salt to the Sea” is categorized as teen or young adult historical fiction.  But, this old bat, far removed from being a teen or a young adult, loved every page.

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