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Salt to the Sea

Supetys, Ruta

  23 Reviews

East Prussia, winter 1945. In a region chaotic with displaced persons, three young people's lives intersect as they flee to the coast ahead of the advancing Red Army. Laden with the burdens of what they have had to endure to survive the war, each is desperate to reach the ship, the Wilhelm Gustloff, that will evacuate them to safety. But for Joanna, a Lithuanian nurse, Emilia, a pregnant Polish teenager and Florian, a Prussian art restorer, that prospect is tempered with an understanding that the danger is not yet over and deliverance is uncertain.

Distinguished by its plausible characters and its meticulous research, this is a gripping page-turner with all-age appeal that was inspired by the little-known but worst disaster in maritime history.

Pages
389
Year
2016

Reviews

CHCH 503
30-06-2022
An amazing read. The author put in a huge amount of research to make it so realistic.
TAUR 059
11-06-2022
AUCK 422
16-05-2022
Despite the horrific circumstances of the story, we found the book readable. It was an easy read - a slice of history that few of us were aware of. Well researched, authentic, and thought-provoking.
AUCK 122
05-05-2022
Great discussion as enjoyed by all. Very sad and topical. Well-written.
LOWER 007
08-02-2022
Gruelling and challenging, but well worth the perseverance.
CHCH 376
07-11-2021
While some of us initially struggled with balancing the various threads (not being sure exactly who "he" or "she" referred to in each main character's story), we all thoroughly loved the book - and were astounded (& maybe a bit ashamed) that we didn't know anything about the facts of this sinking and senseless loss of life before reading the book.
PAIHIA 003
01-11-2021
Really enjoyed the writing style, once we'd established who each character was. Fascinating account of little known WWII maritime history.
CHCH 194
30-10-2021
This was loved by most - but not all. The hidden personal stories of the characters were so slowly and skilfully revealed to each other and the reader. The plundering of Art treasures was a different focus for a war book. Once again, we all realised that we knew nothing about this particular disaster from the war.
WHITIAN 002
15-10-2021
Everyone loved this book, it was beautifully written. A compelling page-turner with well-developed characters.
CHCH 336
27-08-2021
Superb book. We didn't think this was young adult fiction. We liked the short paragraphs. Page turner.
NAP 005
08-08-2021
Some of our group enjoyed the book and had to keep reading to sort out the characters and see how it would end. Others (our group being mainly around that dreaded 70 years of age) found the book tough going! Very topical while the world is in the grip of Covid-19. Rating reflects the two extremes in views...
GREYT 001
02-08-2021
This book provided stimulating discussion about an almost unknown naval tragedy. Extremely easy to read. It is of course 'youth fiction', but well drawn characters gave us an insight to the horrors of war and its effect on civilians. We rated it highly.
AUCK 224
16-04-2021
Our group was stunned to learn about the civilian tragedy from the war. Even the one member who does not like war stories, read the whole book and found herself engrossed in the story.
MTMA 002
16-04-2021
Interesting, a story unknown by us (historically) and a nice way of writing it. Loved the "shoe poet" character.
AUCK 265
16-04-2021
We all loved this book as it brought to life as disaster we knew nothing about. Well-written and an interesting format. Gripping and a page turner.
AUCK 065
10-03-2021
We all loved this book.
TAUP 007
19-11-2020
The group thought that the content was interesting and an event that we had never heard of before, but the characterisation was poor.
MAPUA 001
30-10-2020
We had a great discussion about this book and it led on to issues of climate change and how that will impact on human behaviour. This led on to a discussion about what we can do in our own environment.
CHCH 125
30-10-2020
We enjoyed reading this book - although a sad topic, the fast paced short chapters made it an easy read. Very well researched.
MAST 004
28-10-2020
A well crafted story of an incident that none of the group had previously heard of. Well worth a read.
DUNBA 001
20-10-2020
We all loved this book. Not your usual 'war novel'. We enjoyed the style of writing with the short choppy chapters. It was a fascinating/traumatic period of history none of us knew about.
MATAM 006
26-08-2020
Beautifully written and easy to read. Some took a while to get into it but once they did, they couldn't put it down. The author dealt with the harsh reality of children and youth caught up in the tragedy of war really well.
PARAPA 001
09-07-2020
We all enjoyed the book.