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.
This is one of the books everyone should read. This story is breathtaking, touching, shocking, so real.
Every word written in this book has touched my soul. Some people says books can change lives, and I also believe that. This is my first time reading Ruta Sepetys, but she has become one of my favorite authors. I’m sure her other books will be as great as Salt to the Sea.
Although the story is narrated through four different points of view, the reader doesn’t gets lost at the end of every chapter, perhaps it is because the chapters are very short.
I fell in love with Ruta Sepetys writing style. I was checking her official website to see what inspired her to write this book and I saw a short video about herself and about Salt to the Sea. She said something that caught my attention at the end of the video: “Humanity can prevail even in the darkest of hours”. She wanted to give the victims of a tragedy a voice, to show the world their lives just weren’t buried in the graves of history.
This book made my cry, it touched my heart and soul. It made me think about all those people who died in World War II, and every war that has taken innocent lives.
YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK! It will change your life. Your tears will be Salt to the Sea…
“He would never agree with children not being taught reading, writing, and arithmetic. They had burned our books in the Polish language. But I had learned to read very young. They could never take that away from me”.
“The Nazis couldn’t stop the wind and the snow. The Russians couldn’t take the sun or the stars”.
“Killers aren’t always assasins. Sometimes they don’t even have blood on their hands”.
“I wept because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet”
“Sometimes living life is more instructive than studying it”.
Until next time…