Salt to the Sea

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Salt to the Sea
Author: Sepetys, Ruta
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Time Period: Modern Age
Time Frame: 1940-1945
Geographic Area: Europe
Country: East Prussia
Topics: WWII
Genre: Fiction
Reading Age: Young Adult, Adult
Format: Novel
Published: 2017

Content Warning
teen pregnancy and off-page/implied rape

World History > Modern Age > WWII

Based on "the forgotten tragedy that was six times deadlier than the Titanic." --Time

Winter 1945. WWII. Four refugees. Four stories.

Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies, war. As thousands desperately 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. But not all promises can be kept...

Sarah's Review

Salt to the Sea is one of my all-time favorite historical fiction novels. My favorite part of this book has always been the characters. Everyone in this book feels so real and alive on the page, and the shorter chapters with plot-twist-y endings make this a really fast-paced, exciting read. You cannot help but want to root for these characters, (minus perhaps Alfred), and by the end of the novel you’ll have felt as if you have gone on this journey alongside them. Though it might be responsible for hurting your heart a little too.

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