A 60 Second Review by Anne Brees
Genre – Young Adult Historical Fiction
Summary –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.
Initial Thoughts – I love all of Ruta Sepetys work, so when I found out she was writing another piece, I was so excited.
Plot – ★★★☆☆ It took a while for the plot to pick up. With the four different view points, it took me a while to become connected and interested in the plot line. After the first a hundred pages, the plot really picked up and I loved it.
Characters – ★★★★☆ The characters in this novel were pretty well developed, but it was difficult to get close to them with the four different view points. However, I did eventually root for all of them.
Story world – ★★★★★ This was by far the best part of the novel. Sepetys certainly has a talent for historical fiction. I was transported back in time with this novel and I loved every second.
Style – ★★★★★ Ruta Sepetys has the perfect style for historical fiction. It’s simple, yet very descriptive.
Closing Thoughts -While the plot may have been slow in places and the characters were at times confusing, I still loved the concept of this novel. The story of the Wilhelm Gustloff told through Salt to the Sea will stay with me a long time.
Recommendation – Recommended to someone who wants a unique historical fiction about a rarely known event in history.