'World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, many 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 to safety.

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

I absolutely adored this book.

As someone who loves History, I have read countless books about World War 2 and the tragedies that happened during the War. Given my love of the subject, I was astonished that I had never heard anything about the Wilhelm Gustloff.

I knew going into this book that it was a Historical Fiction, yet after completing it, I had to do some research to try to understand why I had never heard anything about this immense tragedy.

Ruta Sepetys did a marvelous job with this book. Having the story told through the eyes of four completely different characters, from different backgrounds but with one ultimate goal, made for an extremely emotional reading experience.

Ruta Sepetys ability to weave fact and fiction together is truly remarkable. The Wilhelm Gustloff tragedy is something that should be known by everyone, and Ruta's characters give a face to the victims of this unbelievable disaster.

The story being told in this book is so incredibly heartbreaking and at times painful to read, yet even in the worst of times, Ruta shines a light on the strength and determination of these amazing characters.

This haunting book takes the reader on a truly eye-opening and heartbreaking journey through the horrors of war. Seeing these characters band together for survival, whilst trying to come to terms with their personal demons and trauma, highlights both the best and worst aspects of humanity.

Salt To The Sea by Ruta Sepetys is a hauntingly beautiful Historical Fiction that with take your breath away and stay with you long after the final page. The world is a better place with this book in it.

Published by Geramie Kate Barker