Salt to the Sea Took Me On A Journey

salt to the seaOkay, I’m not gonna take a roundabout route here: I absolutely loved this book.

While I enjoyed Between Shades of Grey, I didn’t actually end up loving it as I hoped (perhaps it was overshadowed for me by Solzhenitsyn’s Ivan Densovitch– but more on that another time). But this book… this book blew me away!

Like Between Shades of Grey, the writing was stunning and the build-up in action was perfect. But what really sold me on this book was how much I connected with characters and felt like I was taken on a journey with them, discovering who they were and what made them tick. I have read other books that have tried to make personalities, in similar circumstances, as swoon worthy and incredible as these characters- but so few actually succeed in making something that resembles both the heroic and the human. I salute Sepetys for her success here- it is such a rare feat and deserves applause!! Plus- and I have to mention it- there was a wonderful little Easter egg that linked the characters in Salt to the Sea with the ones in Between Shades of Grey (you won’t be getting any spoilers from me though- see if you can spot it yourself!)

Of course, the subject matter is intense and serious, just as Between Shades of Grey is, and I truly admire Sepetys for educating people on so many important issues. So, yes, librarians out there (and not just us apes with an abundance of bananas on the internet) stock up your libraries- because this is worth investing in.

Rating: 4½/5 bananas

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 So have you read any of Sepetys work? Do you plan to? Let me know in the comments!

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39 thoughts on “Salt to the Sea Took Me On A Journey

  1. Lois says:

    An easter egg? Now I need to read Between Shades of Grey so I can make the connection haha. I absolutely adored this book and it amazes me how a tragedy like this has been overlooked for so long. It’s absolutely heart breaking.

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  2. Maddie A. says:

    I loved Between Shades of Gray! I haven’t read Salt to the Sea yet but I really need to get to it soon, especially since I’m really curious about the Easter egg you mentioned 😀
    Great review!

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  3. LizScanlon says:

    Going by your lovely review, the book sounds intense and entirely great. I have yet to read either of those books, but I’m glad to know they’re delivering in terms of characters. I love good characterisation. I shall keep my eye out for this one and Between Shades…

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  4. Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

    Ohhh fantastic review. I love how a book that manages to get you to connect with the characters is almost always going to make you fall in love with the book! I’ve had Sepetys’ books in my TBR for a while now, wish I could just forget about my other books so I could go buy these and read them now! 😀

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