This was the second book I have read by Ruta Sepetys and I enjoyed it as much as I did The Fountains of Silence. This book was about a lesser known maritime disaster that occurred during WWII. The sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff was something I was unfamiliar with but it was an intriguing aspect to this historical fiction book. I appreciated the variety of the characters, including some you did not like.
I enjoyed how the book was written in chronological order but was told by alternating narrators. Sepetys does a wonderful job of revealing each of the narrators' back stories and secrets. The ending had a twist to it that was intriguing and wasn't all sunshine and roses which made for a more realistic outcome.
I will definitely continue to work my way through Sepetys' catalogue of works as I enjoy her blending of historic facts and a fictional story.
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this historic fiction book based upon the little know sinking of the Wilhelm Guatloff. Sepetys writes a good YA book that appeals to adults. Her characters are well developed and have aspects to their personality that make them like able and unlike able. The story is well written by different narrative voices while on the same timeline. There is a nice build up to the back stories of each character and a nice twist at the end. There is a good balance of happy ending with tragedy as well. Rather than everything coming out perfect it mixed both outcomes. I look forward to reading more by this author
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