This Week I’m Waiting on: Salt to the Sea

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Salt to the Sea

Ruta Sepetys

February 2, 2016


In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety.

Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.

I Rarely read about WWII from a perspective outside of the Holocaust “experience” or the American POV.  I think I read somewhere that this is inspired by a true story or events and that’s always interesting.  Plus I really loved Out of the Easy.