Page Turners: Salt to the Sea

Page Turners: Salt to the Sea

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Quick guide:

Historical fiction about World War II.

Multiple perspectives.

Each character’s perspective written in first person.

Salt to the Sea, the novel by Ruta Sepetys proves to be one of the most beautiful historical fiction novels, with a good combination of action, real historical occurrences, and interesting and diverse characters. The story follows four

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Salt to the Sea is the most recent novel written by Ruta Sepetys.

teenagers, Joana, Alfred, Emilia, and Florian, who each face problems on where they come from and where they can escape to. A winner of multiple prestigious awards including being An International Bestseller, A Carnegie Medal Nominee, and a #1 New York Times Bestseller, this book is as compelling as it is gorgeous.

The genre is historical fiction with a focus on young adult literature, but it clearly is complex enough for adults to read as well. There is a fair amount of violence because of the subject matter, but nothing is described in graphic detail. The author covers the various sides of the story of World War II, with some characters being escaped Germans, Polish refugees, or even those actually fighting in the war. Being able to cover these broad topics is a talent, which I admire the author for.

The multiple perspectives are, despite my usual opinion on them, productive in this novel. Because of the multiple characters with different backgrounds, the perspectives are all written in different voices. The hints of their cultures are included and make the characters seem real. A few perspectives seem unnecessary

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Salt to the Sea holds multiple awards, including being a New York Times bestseller.

until the very end of the book, but there has to be at least one perspective that happens to be unlikable. This book will get your heart pounding as you read through, because the author does an amazing job of drawing in the reader and making them feel as if they are living in the story too.

Of course, this being a historical fiction about a war, violence is expected. There are guns and many deaths of various people, even suicide, so I personally do not recommend this for those who are disturbed by this content. Nothing is described in gory detail, but you are aware of what happens throughout and how the characters handle the grief they are faced with. Sepetys, at the end, places a four page source list with who the characters are based upon, the locations and events they face, and the organizations that she contacted to help her make sure her main historical events were accurate.

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Another of Ruta Sepetys books, Between Shades of Gray.

This one was lengthy, but completely worth the read. The inclusion of characters with real experiences from World War II draws in the reader, and the heart-wrenching descriptions of who each person on the cast is highly impact anyone who decides to read through. I would love to reread this book again when I get a chance, and it is a rare occasion that I want to reread something directly after I finish it. Other books by Ruta Sepetys include Between Shades of Gray and Out of the Easy, with Salt to the Sea being her most recent. I understand why this book won the many titles it did, and I recommend this to all who are interested in history or in real stories of people.

This book can be purchased online here.

This author can be reached on Twitter and Instagram.

For my last book review, read When You Reach Me.


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Juliana Lozano
Juliana Lozano, ‘18, developed a love for medical science at a young age. From reading her mother’s medical textbooks to reading literature, her passion for the written word only grew from there. With support from her parents, Lozano plans on studying neurology with a specific interest in mental health and the chemistry behind it. Challenging herself through rigorous AP courses and college textbooks, Lozano’s goal is already in reach as she hopes to apply at the University of Southern California this fall. While attending USC, Lozano wishes to continue with her love of cheer that began six years ago through competition and sideline cheer. Over the summer, Lozano won All-American honors at a United Spirit Association cheer camp in Anaheim with her team. Finally, Lozano’s love of music prospered through the women’s ensemble, Bellezza, a group that earned two invitations to Carnegie Hall while she participated. Her love of music has continued from the fifth grade onward. Although this is only her second year on The Feather, Lozano enjoys writing and working on the paper. She is happy to be in all the things she loves in her last year at Fresno Christian.

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