Joanna, Florian, Alfred and Emilia are all teenagers who should be going to dances and playing games in parks -- instead they are all dealing with the fallout of a World War. At their young age they are refugees and soldiers, nurses and caretakers.
This is a look at a part of World War II history that you might not know about, the sinking of Wilhelm Gustloff,one of the worst naval disasters of all time. Also it focuses on mostly characters from Lithuania, Prussia and Poland, who are caught between Russia and Germany and worried that they may never go home again.
Ms. Sepetys is a master at telling the story of the past through characters who feel like people you could meet on the street today. Their problems feel very immediate and in Salt to the Sea you will find yourself going faster and faster as the characters get closer and closer to the ship. Joanna, Florian and Emilia want nothing more than to get on that ship and the reader is torn because you know the destiny of the vessel, but staying where they are is also extremely dangerous. It's REALLY tense!
If you enjoy this, be sure to check out Ms. Sepetys' catalog because each book tackles a different time period with this same personal and immediate style. Just like Salt to the Sea they are not to be missed