August 5, 2017

Mini Review: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Length: 393 pages
Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction
Publisher: Philomel Books
Source: I met the author and received a free copy last year at BEA.
My Rating:

Goodreads Summary: 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. Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling and award-winning author Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II. An illuminating and life-affirming tale of heart and hope.

My Review

Salt to the Sea in Three Words: Heartbreaking. Memorable. Brave.

Salt to the Sea is a novel I won't soon forget. Compassion, survival, the horrors of war, and memorable characters, makes for one captivating read.

I read Salt to the Sea in one day. It has short chapters making it a page turner. This book is based off a devastating true story in history that many may not know.

The Verdict: This book is sure to stand the test of time, and would be a great read for teens and adults alike looking for their next historical fiction.


  1. I agree with all of this! I read it earlier this year for book club and am so glad to have read it. I have Between Shades of Gray on my shelf -- I have heard all good things about that one as well.

    1. I have yet to read Between Shades of Gray, but I am sure I will love it. She is such a good writer.

  2. I totally agree, I loved this. I listened on audio. Never wrote a review though, as my Dad passed and well time slipped away from me. Great review!

  3. I have kept this book on my TBR for so long. Great review! It must be amazing because you read it so fast

    1. You MUST read it! Push it up on your TBR pile. :)

  4. This is one of those books that has been on my TBR for way too long. I really need to make it a priority because I've read so many great reviews. I'm glad to hear it's a quick read too.

    1. You need to read it! It will be worth it.


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