Book Review: The Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys



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.

Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling and award-winning author Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II. An illuminating and life-affirming tale of heart and hope.

arrows★★★★★(5 stars)


Joana. Guilt is a hunter. A Lithuanian nurse and a sinner.

Florian. Fate is a hunter. A Prussian who is blinded by his hunger for survival and revenge.

Emilia. Shame is a hunter. A pregnant Polish girl daunted by her traumatic past.

Alfred. Fear is a hunter. A German serving for the name of Adolf Hitler and his thirst for honor.

Four teenagers, four secrets.

As they aboard the Gustloff, what they think was salvation turned into the greatest tragedy at sea known in the history of human kind. arrows

  • The way the story is written makes everything so beautifully depicted. Each conveyed emotion felt so real. Despite the tragedy, it still reminds me that help will truly find its own way.

  • There is always something going on. I love how the story never bore me despite the redundancy of scenarios in each point of view. There is always a thrill in each chapter despite it’s short length.
  • Interesting bunch of characters. Not only are they diverse, they also have their own set of personalities flowing from their point of views. It is fascinating how the author managed to distinguish each character from the other from the way they talk and even from their own delusions.

Despite the tragic outcome of the story, I admit that I enjoyed reading it a lot. I recommend this to those who loved the movie Titanic. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

Thank you so much for visiting. I hope you enjoyed your stay.

Till my next review!


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