Titanic Tragedy: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys


Anvika Hegde, Author

Ruta Sepetys’ Salt to the Sea was a haunting thriller that caught my eye.
In the frigid winter of 1945, thousands desperately flee from the heinous and advancing Soviet invasion, traumatized by the tragic horrors of war and loss. We are caught up in the lives of four refugees whose paths unite. Joanna, a Lithuanian nurse, Florian, a Prussian fugitive, Emilia, a pregnant Polish girl and Alfred, a cowardly Nazi, may all be escaping to a safe destination away from Germany, but each one is concealing their identity and secrets from each other.
And then there’s the Wilhelm Gustloff. A tall, grey ship, a lottery ticket to promised freedom, to love and acceptance. Can all four of them be harbored to safety? And will the Wilhelm Gustloff keep its agreement?

I initially read this book for an outside reading project for my LAR class. The book was enthralling and had a significant impact on me, changing my perspective of the world. Fans of historical fiction will feel the same. The electrifying page-turner graphically portrays the perils and sacrifices that people underwent during the Second World War. This book evoked intense emotion in me, and  I am grateful that I don’t live in a harrowing time when the world is at war. Salt to the Sea was impossible to put down, and I have high expectations for its forthcoming sequel!