Salt to the Sea
- Publish Date: 2016-02-02
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Ruta Sepetys
New York Times Bestseller!Â Masterfully craftedâThe Wall Street Journal
For readers ofÂ Between Shades of GrayÂ and All the Light We Cannot See, bestselling author Ruta SepetysÂ returns to WWII in this epic novel thatÂ shines a light on one of the war's most devastatingâyet unknownâtragedies.
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.Â Among them areÂ Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to theÂ ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other testedÂ with each step closer to safety.
Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. NotÂ country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand peopleâadults and children alikeâaboard must fight for the same thing: survival.
Told in alternating points of view and perfect for fans of Anthony Doerr's Pulitzer Prize-winningÂ All the Light We Cannot See, Erik Larson'sÂ Dead Wake, and Elizabeth Wein's Printz Honor BookÂ Code Name Verity, this masterful work of historical fiction is inspired by the real-life tragedy that was the sinking of theÂ Wilhelm Gustloffâthe greatest maritime disaster in history. As she did inÂ Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys unearths a shockingly little-known casualty of a gruesome war, and proves that humanity and love can prevail, even in the darkest of hours.
Praise forÂ Salt to the Sea:
Featured on NPR's Morning Edition Â â¦ Â Superlative...masterfully crafted...[a] powerful work of historical fiction.âThe Wall Street Journal Â â¦ Â [Sepetys is] a master of YA fictionâ¦she once again anchors a panoramic view of epic tragedy in perspectives that feel deeply textured and immediate.âEntertainment Weekly Â â¦ Â Riveting...powerful...haunting.âThe Washington Post Â â¦Â Compelling for both adult and teenage readers.âNew York Times Book Review Â â¦Â Intimate, extraordinary, artfully crafted...brilliant.âShelf AwarenessÂ â¦ Â Historical fiction at its very, very best.âThe Globe and MailÂ Â â¦Â Â [H]aunting, heartbreaking, hopeful and altogether gorgeous...one of the best young-adult novels to appear in a very long time.âSalt Lake Tribune Â â¦ Â *This haunting gem of a novel begs to be remembered.âBooklistÂ â¦ Â *Artfully told and sensitively crafted...will leave readers weeping.âSchool Library Journal Â â¦ Â A PW and SLJ 2016 Book of the Year
Praise for Between Shades of Gray:
A New York TimesÂ Notable Book Â â¦ Â AÂ Wall Street JournalÂ Best Childrenâs Book Â â¦ Â AÂ PW,Â SLJ, Booklist, and KirkusÂ Best Book Â â¦ Â iTunes 2011 Rewind Best Teen Novel Â â¦ Â A Carnegie Medal andÂ William C. Morris Finalist Â â¦ Â AÂ New York TimesÂ and InternationalÂ Bestseller Â â¦ Â Few books are beautifully written, fewer still are important; this novel is both.âThe Washington Post Â â¦ Â *[A]n important book that deserves the widest possible readership.âBooklist