Sepetys has based her latest novel on the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promised safety and freedom to homeless refugees during WWII. However, carrying over ten thousand passengers when torpedoes struck this mighty ship only a tenth of them survived.
I loved the front cover of this book and when I realised who the author was I knew I had to read it. The story started slowly but I quickly became invested in the stories of brave, compassionate Joana, frightened Emilia, secretive Florian and the obnoxious Albert, all who share the narrative and whose stories become intertwined.
Yet, despite quite enjoying "Salt to the Sea" I also felt rather detached from it. I liked the characters and by the end I was expecting to be sobbing at the tragedy of the whole event, but I wasn't, and I'm not sure why. All I know is that as I reached the last page I felt let-down and disappointed. I was expecting a far more emotional read - one that tore at the heart strings and moved me to tears, but this didn't happen which, in my opinion, is a shame....Continua