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Thursday Book Review: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (HUB Reading Challenge Book #2)

This is the second book I have read for the 2017 HUB Reading Challenge. This book certainly deserves the accolades it is receiving, as it was expertly crafted. This was such an amazing, well written, and well researched historical fiction book. I listened to it on audiobook, and I was so glad I chose that medium.

Salt to the Sea is an historical fiction novel about the greatest maritime tragedy in history, even more so than the infamous Titanic, the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff. Of the 9,000+ people who died in the sinking, 5,000 were estimated to be children. I had never even heard of it until I read this book!

The book is written from the perspective of 4 different young adults during WWII. Alfred, an unlikeable psycho Nazi, Joana, a caring nurse who dreams of being a doctor, Emilia, a young pregnant Polish girl, and Florian, a mysterious Prussian young man. Sepetys cycles through each perspective, with each character getting their own dedicated chapter before switchin…

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