Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea

A Novel

Book - 2016?
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"As World War II draws to a close, refugees try to escape the war's final dangers, only to find themselves aboard a ship with a target on its hull"-- World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom. When their paths converge in route to the ship that promises salvation, Joana, Emilia, and Florian find their strength, courage, and trust in one another tested with each step closer toward safety. When tragedy strikes the Wilhelm Gustloff, they must fight for the same thing: survival.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Philomel Books,, [2016?]
ISBN: 9780399160301
Branch Call Number: YA SEPE
Characteristics: 391 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Cynthia_N Apr 13, 2017

Slow start for me with the multiple points of view but it quickly pulled me in. Powerful story based on true events!

kirstd31 Jul 19, 2016

I listened to the audiobook. I enjoyed listening to each character tell their part of the story. Great historical fiction book! This story is heartbreaking.

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Aug 24, 2017

This was an interesting and educational novel. Throughout I found the supporting characters to be infinitely more interesting than the main characters through the Shoe Poet, the Wandering Boy, Ingrid, and Eva. I could have happily gone without Florian's story entirely, and the book would have been significantly better without the ideas of romance. Otherwise, it was an emotional and well-written story I could see myself revisiting.

Jul 27, 2017

This is a great book.
I don't particularly consider this book a romance because it's about tragic events. Though it does have some romantic parts I don't recommend for the readers in it for the romance.
Overall, this book captured my heart and made me cry. Emilia's death was something I couldn't let go. Her pregnancy and her baby was shocking but hurt when she was raped.
The death of Poet had me in tears as well.
I am most glad that Joana and Florian took it in their hands to care for them. Joana and Florian are a perfect example of what it feels like to strive for family. How to believe and trust. And to conclude, they couldn't resist the passion building up inside for each other. They are an example of how people held back feelings for others because they are scared they will lose them as well.
Poor families were killed and the blind were treated like dogs.
And as to conclude, I loved this novel.

Jul 26, 2017

Loved this book, the characters, the story, the short chapters kept me turning the pages.

Jul 20, 2017

Thank you, Ruta Sepetys, for giving a voice to those who were on the Wilhelm Gustloff. So many lives were lost in the Baltic Sea that winter, yet many of us know so much more about the war in France and Germany or the battles in the Pacific. The stories about these Baltic States and their intenable position between Germany and Russian forces has shaped who they are today.

I loved the shifting POVs in this book as they gave us a 360-degree view of the tragedy. The characters Sepetys creates for us, even the supporting ones are developed well. We feel like we know them. The reader feels Joanna's guilt, Florian's fate, Emilia's shame and Alfred's fear. As the story progresses they are soon all on the ship together and then tragedy strikes.

Cynthia_N Apr 13, 2017

Slow start for me with the multiple points of view but it quickly pulled me in. Powerful story based on true events!

Apr 03, 2017

Unusual and excellent book based on true events. Couldn't stop reading....yawn.

AL_SHERRI Mar 15, 2017

This is a beautifully written story that takes place during WWII. It depicts the tragedies that all sides endured.

Mar 14, 2017

A powerful,heart wrenching novel that captures you and holds you until the bittersweet end. The depth of research that Sepetys is amazing and we should all be told of his tragic event, which has been overlooked for far too long. The characters are vivid and run the gamut of emotions. A must. must read !!!

AL_KELSEY Mar 10, 2017

Ruta Sepetys never fails to amaze me with her writing and her beautiful storylines. While set in horrible times in history, Sepetys weaves a tale about teens determined to make the most of their situations and work towards contributing to society. This story, set during World War II is no different. The four main characters were perfectly written--they all had their own voices, and even though some of the characters were irritating, they were written that way, because their choices in life weren't the best ones. I vow that I will always read any title by Ruta Sepetys.

cmlibrary_khunter Feb 21, 2017

This book was memorable and emotional, horrible and yet very real with Sepetys’s characters. I won’t give spoilers, but there is a small bit of hope at the end that makes this book not all tragedy. This is a book to read for 2016, and is among the great YA historical fiction.

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AL_MARYA Dec 31, 2016

“But unlike Mama, I would not go to heaven. My secrets padlocked the gates. I'd be a torn kite stuck in the dead branches of a tree, unable to fly.”

KindianaJones_VWML May 06, 2016

"The Fuhrer is a talented watercolorist. He applied to art school [...] but the school did not accept him. Oh, how they will regret it."


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