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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
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it was amazing
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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 way that Ruta laid out the story through her writing was so just beautiful. I felt like every single word in this novel had a purpose. There were these sentences that she would lace throughout the different points-of-view to connect them that I just thought was so brilliant.

Out of the four main characters I loved 3 of them. I felt so much for them and their struggles. Towards the end of the book I felt like they were people I knew and I desperately wished I could change their fate. I also LOVED the side characters just as much as the main. The one main character I didn't like was a character that you aren't suppose to like so that wasn't necessarily a problem. I just didn't find myself enjoying his chapters as much as the others.

This is a book that I know will stick with me and I am going to be thinking about these characters forever. You definitely won't want to miss this book!
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Reading Progress

February 19, 2016 – Started Reading
February 19, 2016 – Shelved
February 19, 2016 –
page 21
5.34% "Okay. I went into this with extremely low expectations and I am blown away already"
February 20, 2016 –
page 50
12.72% "I'm really loving all the characters so far. Joana is my favorite as of now"
February 20, 2016 –
page 134
34.1% "I knew that was coming eventually but that was so sad"
February 20, 2016 –
page 202
51.4% "I'm so in love with this book right now. I've cried twice already. I want to go to sleep but I can't stop reading."
February 22, 2016 – Finished Reading

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Christine Antosca I know which character you're talking about because his chapters didn't do anything for me either. But overall I loved this book.


Jordyn Lyles I love this book. Best book I've read so far this year. I could not put the book down to save my life.☺☺☺ Just loved it. Florian was my fav.


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