Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea Review

While the Titanic and Lusitania are both well-documented disasters, the single greatest tragedy in maritime history is the little-known January 30, 1945 sinking in the Baltic Sea by a Soviet submarine of the Wilhelm Gustloff, a German cruise liner that was supposed to ferry wartime personnel and refugees to safety from the advancing Red Army. The ship was overcrowded with more than 10,500 passengers — the intended capacity was approximately 1,800 — and more than 9,000 people, including 5,000 children, lost their lives.

Sepetys (writer of 'Between Shades of Gray') crafts four fictionalized but historically accurate voices to convey the real-life tragedy. Joana, a Lithuanian with nursing experience; Florian, a Prussian soldier fleeing the Nazis with stolen treasure; and Emilia, a Polish girl close to the end of her pregnancy, converge on their escape journeys as Russian troops advance; each will eventually meet Albert, a Nazi peon with delusions of grandeur, assigned to the Gustloff decks.

Title:Salt to the Sea
Edition Language:English

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  • Emily May

    I try, I really do, but Sepetys's war stories do nothing for me. Yes, I know I'm in the minority. I was one of few who didn't love her debut - Between Shades of Gray - and much preferred her second bo...

  • Hannah

    I have never been so simultaneously sad and angry while reading a book in my whole life ...

  • Maggie Stiefvater

    This swift-footed, kind-hearted historical is intensely satisfying in just about all the ways a novel can be satisfying. Without further ado, here are five things you should know about it before picki...

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    (4.5) This book was beautiful. It's gonna take a minute for all my thoughts to set in. Video review to come! ...

  • Riley

    Update: Here is my video review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oubBC...This book is a masterpiece. It takes place during WW2 and follows 4 characters as they are seeking freedom on the Wilhelm Gustlo...

  • Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)

    Such a beautiful yet tragic story. Ruta Sepetys has such a way with words. Video review to come...

  • Crumb

    “How foolish to believe we are more powerful than the sea or the sky.” ALL THE FEELS! Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys nurtured my body, it fed my soul, it made my heart soar. I also had a wave of ...

  • Victoria Schwab

    Ruta's work is a gift. ...

  • Nat

    “Joana Vilkas, your daughter, your sister. She is salt to the sea.”I’ve been waiting for this book ever since I finished reading Between Shades of Grey back in August.I’ll admit that I had ver...

  • Sabaa Tahir

    This book leveled me. I was unprepared. Beautiful. ...