Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
**This review is based on an ARC from Netgalley, release date 2/2/16.
Summary from Goodreads:
“In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety.
Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.”
I do sometimes get tired of reading WWII stories, but this was a different take on the whole thing–one of those stories you never hear about. Most of the story takes place leading up to boarding the ship that will take them away from the war, but I’m not sure I could’ve read a lot more about the main tragedy that happens toward the end. It was devastating to say the least. Ruta Sepetys is able to write historical fiction in a way that is still easily readable and easy to understand for teens, she always keeps it interesting. I am glad she focuses on lesser known events that have occurred in history. Her last two titles have been on the Missouri Gateway Award list and I have a feeling this one will be too. I will be purchasing for my high school library.
My rating: 4/5