Publisher: Philomel Books
Release date: February 2nd 2016
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.
My rating: ✮✮✮✮✮/5
This is definitely a flawless five star book.
I never really read a historical fiction book and so I was quite skeptical if I was going to like it. When I heard that it follows four teenagers, each with their own secrets I knew I wanted to read it.
Whenever we talked about second world war in school and the teacher told our class how horrible it was and how many people died it the most shocking way possible I never could imagine it, but as I read the book it struck me. It was written so so beautifully and really kept me captivated.
The book was so fast pace not just because most of the chapters where only two or three pages long, but also because we switched between these four perspectives so often that I was never bored with one.
I think the characters were very well crafted, with their background stories and the way the war affected them and the love story between two characters was so carefully and well done and definitely not the focus.
I can’t recommend this book enough, especially for people who maybe want to start with historical fiction, like myself. I am more interested in that genre than ever and after reading Salt to the Sea I want to pick up Ruta Sepetys’ other work.