Salt to the Sea
Clara Christensen is a woman who lives with her husband on the coast near the sinking site of the Wilhelm Gustloff.…more The person is Clara Christensen.
Clara Christensen is a woman who lives with her husband on the coast near the sinking site of the Wilhelm Gustloff. They were the ones who found Emilia's body, but they never knew who she was.
At the time of the letter, Clara had a news article about Halinka (Emilia's daughter), who wanted to be an Olympic swimmer for the US. However, because she was born on a ship, her nationality was questioned.
Long story short, after reading the article, Clara realized that Emilia was Halinka's mother, and wrote to Florian about it, who had adopted Halinka and Klaus with Joana.(less) (hide spoiler)]
As with her first novel, I feel a little uncomfortable being negative about these kinds of books. This was a horrific time when some terrible atrocities were committed and I applaud the author for always focusing o ...more
1. A lot of times, historical fiction shows its work. As a history major, I don't mind a research-filled brick of a book, but I'd think carefully about who I recommended it to. Historical can be dense. Salt to the Sea is not that book: Sepetys chooses her word battles carefully for an incre ...more
No wonder SALT TO THE SEA won the 2016 Goodreads Choice Award for Young Adult Fiction. It’s pretty darn captivating.
Every time I finish reading an historical novel, especially the WWII ones, I find the need to congratulate myself. It’s no secret that those novels are usually heavy in emotions and historical elements.
Yet Ruta Sepetys made reading this YA historical novel so easy. I didn’t even feel the necessity to take a dozen breaks between chapters. And that’s because it’s so…
This book is a masterpiece. It takes place during WW2 and follows 4 characters as they are seeking freedom on the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety to all. Going into it I was very apprehensive about reading it. Historical fiction is not a genre I typically reach for. But this book blew me away. It's safe to say that this book was the best book I have read this year.
The writing in the book was so phenomenal. The ...more
ALL THE FEELS!
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys nurtured my body, it fed my soul, it made my heart soar. I also had a wave of despair and a feeling of intense longing when the book ended, coming to the unfortunate and fortunate realization that I would be experiencing a book hangover. (A phenomenon that occurs when you read something so good, you think you will never find something quite as good again)
This book was by no means ...more
I’ve been waiting for this book ever since I finished reading Between Shades of Grey back in August.
I’ll admit that I had very high expections for this book and I’m glad that every single one of them was met. I could not stop reading Salt to the sea, I kept telling myself just one more chapter, just one more (we all know how well that works).
I enjoyed reading from every main character and (view spoiler)[ wished we got to read at ...more
Ms. Sepetys does a wonderful job of shedding light on the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, a maritime disaster that claimed more than 9,000 lives and remains an overlooked part of history. Admittedly, I had never heard ...more
⸨ Your daughter, your sister.
She is salt to the sea, ⸩
This was my first book by Ruta Sepetys, and it won't be last.
I have already bought "Between Shades of Gray",
and "Out of the Easy" is on it's way. :D
I am obsessed with this remarkable author.
She is so inspiring, and down to earth.
Most importantly, she is a powerful storyteller.
I loved the way this book is written.
There are 4 POVs and each chapter is about 2-4 pages long.
There are no unnecessary details, which i highly appreciate. ...more
In both of Ruta's books, somehow my tears get saved until the moment I close the book, then everything I just read collapses down on me and it gets me choked up. I really really liked Between Shades of Grey because of its ending, and I was so excited to hear about Ruta's second book following non-German (mostly) WWII. I've mentioned before that i'm not a fan of books that are told by a handful of characters. I think they're hard to get into, can be confusing, and none of t ...more
if one of the greatest catastrophes ever recorded has become so forgotten, just think of all the small horrors people suffered during WWII that we will never even know about. my heart just aches them and the nightmares they lived through. which is why i will always apprecia ...more
A Pole with a past. A Prussian with a mission. A Lithuanian with a secret. A German with issues. One ship. Three torpedoes.
Nearly one year ago I read the highly acclaimed novel Between Shades of Grey. Now Ruta Sepetys is back, with another historical telling set against the backdrop of World War II.
Sepety's novels often talk of dark and dangerous times, with a light and comforting to ...more
This split narration follows the lives of four young individuals and their alternate opinions and stances in the war. The year is 1945 and the civilians of Germany are fleeing for safety as Russia attacks and it appe ...more
“On September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland from the west. On September 17, 1939, Russia invaded Poland from the east. I remembered these dates. Two warning nations gripped Poland like girls fighting over a doll. One held the leg, the other the arm. They pulled so hard that one day, the head popped off. The Nazis sent our people to ghettos and concentration camps. The Soviets sent our people to gulags and Siberia. I was nine years old when it started. People changed. Faces shrived and sunk, li ...more
5 giant, miraculous stars!!
Oh God what a beautiful masterpiece this is! I honestly don't know what to say about this for the fact that the book is so heart-wrenching and thoughtful. Throughout this one the truth reveals to oneself about what constructive consequences the war between the Russians and the Germans during World War II have caused and the tragic deaths of thousands of innocent victims, which is indeed too emotional yet truthful to bear. What a phenomenal work you have pu ...more
SALT TO THE SEA by RUTA SEPETYS is a Historical Fiction novel that is engaging, heart-wrenching, and a powerful read with an extremely interesting plot that grabbed my attention from the very first chapter. This was definitely another page-turner and extremely hard to put down.
The last few books that I have read lately have either had an embossed dustjacket or cover and this is no exception as this one has a partially embossed dustja ...more
WOAH. What an incredible book! It was vastly different than the usual books I read. I'm usually a pretty hardcore Romance genre reader, but this story swept me away! I read it in a single day and had tears in my eyes in the end (letters always make me cry) and I keep thinking about this story in the back of my mind. I just can't let go.
Whenever I'm going through a major book hangover, I like to try and switch up the genre I read. Given my intense love of ...more
and back, up and back, waves lapping and curling, the sound of crying filtering through the dark.""
Intense and Glorified writing and character.
My favorite character- Shoemaker
"“I wept because i had no shoes,
until i met a man who had no feet.”
"That is class of writing when reader thinks whether the story is fiction or reality, Just like story line of movie- THE WORDS."
If you are a fan of historical fiction, WWII fiction, or using up a couple boxes of tissues because of a good tear-jerker, this is a great book to check out.
The catastrophic torpedo strike on the Wilhelm Gustloff on January 30, 1945 was news to me as well as the OMGOSH horrific loss of an estimated 9,000 people, most of them children, more than the Titanic and Lusitania combined. With a ship capac...more
NO. JUST. NO.
✨ Expectations vs. reality:
I expected a book that recounted the worst maritime tragedy in recorded history. I got... well, let’s not.
This was supposed to be about the Wilhelm Gustloff, a German military transport ship which was sunk in 1945 by the soviets in the Baltic Sea and one that cost in estimate, 9,400 lives, making it the largest maritime disaster in history.
And though I have no problem with character-driven books (actually ...more
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Ruta Sepetys was born and raised in Michigan in a family of artists, readers, and music lovers. The daughter of a refugee, Ruta is drawn to underrepresented stories of strength through struggle and hopes to give voice to those who weren't able to tell their story. Her award-winning historical novels are published in over fifty c ...more
until i met a man who had no feet.”