Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea  by Ruta Sepetys

So I loved the other book by this author, Between Shades of Gray, so I only had high expectations for this book, and it was amazing. I have read tons of Word War II books, but never one about German refugees. I love this perspective, how even though they are German, they still are afraid of the Nazis. It also does a great job of showing how not all Germans supported the Nazi party. In this book you follow the perspective of four different characters. They are all coming from completely different pasts and experiences, but they find comfort in their common goal, to stay away from the Russians and to reunite with their families. Although the beginning did not instantly pull me in, by the second half I was hooked. One thing that I really loved about this book was the sense of hopelessness, but despite that, it was still uplifting. When the characters had no one to turn too and could only trust themselves, it was beautiful how they are able to keep each others spirits up and stay hopeful. I loved the ending of this book so much. It was magnificent (in a horrific way), towards the end I could not put the book down because it was so shocking and riveting. I loved how despite that, it was still a little bit open ended. I would recommend this to any history lover, World War II lover, or someone looking for a sad yet uplifting story. I give this book five stars because the story is so beautiful, the writing is great, and the ending is wonderful.


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