Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Challenge #11 ~ “A category from another challenge.”

   -> “A novel set during wartime.” (Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017)


★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My opinion in three sentences:
It’s really hard to know where to start, because this book was honestly incredible. Sepetys touched on a topic more people should really know about, and whilst it was clear her research had been both detailed and thorough, the information was subtly integrated rather than purely dumped upon the reader. Combined with Sepetys’ usual literary finesse and beautiful prose, this made for a fantastic yet harrowing read.

(Without ruining anything) the best bit:

Sepetys’ writing, as usual, was on point for this novel. It was told using the voices of four protagonists, and often the individual section for each lasted only a few pages. Typically, I would expect this to create a really choppy feeling to the narrative, especially when the characters aren’t in the same place as one another, but in Salt to the Sea it really pulled all perspectives on events together in a simultaneous fashion, which was terrific.

A warning for the book:

Don’t read it before going to bed. No, really. It’s not a horror story in the exact sense of the phrase, but it is a chilling and harrowing tale of true events that, unsurprisingly, reach their climax as the novel concludes. The novel certainly leaves a lot of food for thought, and it’s not exactly the pleasant musings you want to mull over as you fall asleep.

Recommended for fans of:

  • The Silver Sword by Ian Serrailer
  • Warhorse by Michael Morpurgo
  • Crusade by Elizabeth Laird

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