He would lace throughout the different points of view to connect them that I just thought was so brilliant Out of the four main characters I loved 3 of them I felt so much for them and their struggles Towards the end of the book I felt like they were people I knew and I desperately wished I could change their fate I also LOVED the side characters just as much as the main The one main character I didn t like was a character that you aren t suppose to like so that wasn t necessarily a problem I just didn t find myself enjoying his chapters as much as the others This is a book that I know will stick with me and I am going to be thinking about these characters forever You definitely won t want to miss this book 45 This book was beautiful It s gonna take a minute for all my thoughts to set in Video review to come I have never been so simultaneously sad and angry while reading a book in my whole life Ruta s work is a gift Such a beautiful yet tragic story Ruta Sepetys has such a way with words Video review to come 45 starsNo wonder SALT TO THE SEA won the 2016 Goodreads Choice Award for Young Adult Fiction It s pretty darn captivating Every time I finish reading an historical novel especially the WWII ones I find the need to congratulate myself It s no secret that those novels are sually heavy in emotions and historical elementsYet Ruta Sepetys made reading this YA historical novel so easy I didn t even feel the necessity to take a dozen breaks between chapters And that s because it s soAccessible You don t have to be a Hands-On Functional Programming in Rust: Build modular and reactive applications with functional programming techniques in Rust 2018 university student tonderstand fully what happens in this book You don t even need to be knowledgeable about World War II The only thing you need to do is pay close attention to what the characters are sayingWhich isn t hard at all Ruta Sepetys writing is simple enough that we Web Penetration Testing with Kali Linux - Third Edition: Explore the methods and tools of ethical hacking with Kali Linux understand absolutely everything she is saying but not so simple that it feels as if it were written by a kindergartener It s actually very lyrical This novel is narrated from four distinct point of viewscharacters Alfred Florian Joana and Emilia who are all brought together on the Wilhelm Gustloff by the catastrophic war Like many people I forgot about this terrible part of the Second World War I first heard about this ship when I watched the movie The Imitation Game if this is indeed the ship that was mentioned in the movie yet I only connected the dots when things started getting awry in the novel Even so than they are already were What a tragic event So many lives How did I not learn about this ship in high school Thank you books and movies if that s the shipBlog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin 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 picking itp1 A lot of times historical fiction shows its work As a history major I don t mind a research filled brick of a book but I d think carefully about who I recommended it to Historical can be dense Salt to the Sea is not that book Sepetys chooses her word battles carefully for an incredibly fast read Short chapters elbow you and say read just one right ntil the book is all gone2 I wanted to call this a thriller when I first started typing p this recommendation but the term s not Newtons Cannon (The Age of Unreason, uite right It site fast paced but THRILLER feels wrong it s not ite got that frantic electricity ADVENTURE is closer but still. Dvancing Red Army The ship was overcrowded with than 10500 passengers the intended capacity was approximately 1800 and than 9000 people including 5000 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
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 AugustI ll admit that I had very high expections for this book and I m glad that every single one of them was met I could not stop reading Salt to the sea I kept telling myself just one chapter just one we all know how well that works I enjoyed reading from every main character and view spoiler wished we got to read at least one chapter from Ingrid s point of view before she died hide spoiler How foolish to believe we are 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 despair and a feeling of intense longing when the book ended coming to the nfortunate and fortunate realization that I would be experiencing a book hangover A phenomenon that occurs when you read something so good you think you will never find something A Want of Kindness uite as good againThis book was by no means a walk in the park or a box of Godiva chocolates It is like you are on an emotional roller coaster withpside down turns twists and drops It will tear at your insides it makes you want to cry and shriek why is this happening This novel follows Joana Emilia Florian and Alfred They are young adults vying for a passage on the Wilhelm Gustloff It takes place in the Winter of 1945 during World War II These young adults and the passengers on board the Gustloff are hoping for freedom and safety from the war This book was inspired by the biggest maritime tragedy of all time When I had read the plot summary I had initially thought Hold A Little Kinder up The Titanic or The Lusitania was the biggest tragedy in maritime history wasn t it NO It actually was the sinking of the Wilhelm GustloffFor information on this event please Ruta Sepetys hit a home run with this one I d like to add a caveat about this book If you are a reader like me who might generally shy away from young adult fiction don t I loved thisIn addition I loved how the book was constructed The chapters were very short In fact while I was reading I kept thinking Just one chapter Just one chapter and then I noticed it was dark outside and I had finished the whole book Gotta love those stayuptoolatecan tfunctionbooksThis book wasnexpected It was executed skillfully and I loved how the author recreated the time period so effortlessly It was clear that Ruta Sepetys had done extensive research on the subject matter and time period leaving meticulous details throughout the book indicating her extensive knowledge Ruta Sepetys has a way with words that cannot be matched or duplicated This book will leave a footprint on my heart forever for that I m sureHighly Highly Recommended55Popsugar Challenge Prompt 25 A book that takes place by the seaBuddy Read Update Here is my video review book is a masterpiece It takes place during WW2 and follows 4 characters as they are seeking freedom on the Wilhelm Gustloff a ship that promises safety to all Going into it I was very apprehensive about reading it Historical fiction is not a genre I typically reach for But this book blew me away It s safe to say that this book was the best book I have read this year The writing in the book was so phenomenal The way that Ruta laid out the story through her writing was so just beautiful I felt like every single word in this novel had a purpose There were these sentences that 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
Wrong Shouldn t there be jeeps and a comic relief side kick in an adventure There s mostly just soldiers and frostbite and abandoned soup in this one which is not the same Nevertheless you should know it s not a depressing book although sad things happen in it3 The characters are lovely There are many of them all deftly and lightly drawn and because they come from all ages and backgrounds the dynamics between them are ever changing It s told from four points of view to allow the reader to spin around the story from all angles and because each of the POV characters brings something very different to the table this swapping of eyes is satisfying rather than frustrating 4 Sepetys has two other historicals out that I enjoyed a lot but this one has headed briskly to the top of the list it s confident and stylish in a way that is really satisfying to see5 This novel is the natural successor to Code Name Verity a character driven accessible YA historical with all the feels you could desire and enough research to bring down an elephant If elephants were brought down by research 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 book Out of the Easy Now she returns to World War II and once again I don t get itAs with her first novel I feel a little JAPAN 1/1M3. uncomfortable being negative about these kinds of books This was a horrific time when some terrible atrocities were committed and I applaud the author for always focusing on thenknown but no less true parts of history Many of s know the tales of German and Polish Jews during the Nazi reign far less know what Lithuanian refugees faced Even fewer will know of the tragedy this book is about I like that Historical fiction that teaches me something is always appreciated However a few history lessons is truly all I took from this bookThe story is told in very short chapters of 2 3 pages sometimes just a few sentences and the perspective jumps between four different people Joana Florian Emilia and Alfred Personally this didn t work for me We spent so little time with each character before moving on that I constantly felt distanced from them never making an emotional connection In the beginning the rapid movement between perspectives even made it difficult to follow the storySepetys for me writes some of the most detached accounts of WW2 atrocities It honestly shouldn t be that hard to evoke sympathy or some feeling for these poor people but I genuinely felt nothing You know those expendable people that get gunned down in movies while the hero runs from the bad guys The ones who the camera brushes over and we never think about again That is how I felt when learning of all the casualties and brutality in this bookThe book is told in one long tedious journey and features many flashbacks that failed to piue my interest The present is literally about them trekking across the icy landscape and having to show their papers to one soldier after another before finally getting to the boat they want to board I m sorry but it was so boringMaybe I could put it down to recently reading a fast paced exciting and horrifying book set during the Second World War Front Lines but to be honest I just think the author s war stories are not for me I m an emotional reader and this kind of narrative leaves me coldBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store. 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 dec.
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author and Winner of the Carnegie MedalRuta Sepetys was born and raised in Michigan in a family of artists readers and music lovers The daughter of a refugee Ruta is drawn to underrepresented stories of strength through struggle and hopes to give voice to those who weren't able to tell their story Her award winning historical novels are published in over fifty c