Young Adult

Salt to the Sea

by Ruta Sepetys

Quick take

When tragedy strikes, we learn how humanity can prevail even in the darkest hours.

Why I love it

Salt to the Sea shows the power of Young Adult books to bring new perspective to real historical events. Four teenagers desperately seek escape from the carnage of World War II. Their paths will converge on the German military transport ship Wilhelm Gustloff, as they rush headlong into the greatest maritime disaster in human history. Short, crisp chapters give voice to the struggles of each teenag...

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  • Stacy G.

    Los Angeles, CA

    "Quick, interesting read about a time I knew nothing about. Loved how the characters intersected and was sad at the ending:("

  • Rachel Y.

    San Francisco, CA

    "I love a solid WWII story, especially ones that we haven't heard. Strong story-telling. Interesting characters. I could feel everything while reading this book. "

  • Karen B.

    Stanhope, NJ

    "What an amazing book! I loved it!!"

  • Jessie R.

    Pennington, NJ

    "I can't believe I had never heard of this book OR the events its based on. Grabbed me hard, and I couldn't stop reading, or feeling."

  • Debbie W.

    Riverside , CA

    "This is a beautifully written story in the genre of historical fiction. It's well written and you care about the characters. in a numerical scale 4.1/5 "

  • Talitha M.

    Abilene, TX

    "I love this author. This book read REALLY fast. I liked the different povs and had no trouble keeping up with everyone. "

  • Kimi L.

    New York, NY

    "The Wilhelm Gustloff maritime disaster has always been a fascination of mine and I was thrilled to see a historical fiction book based on the story! Heartbreaking and thoughtfully written."

  • Susan M.

    Fort Branch, IN

    "There are no words - I fell in love with the characters and was swept away, not only by the plot, but also by the quality of the plot and the overall engaging quality. "

  • Tess S.

    Honolulu, HI

    "Heartbreaking, but wonderful. "She is Poland.""

  • Beththena J.

    Columbus, OH

    "This was a such a great look at a real event set to a fictional story. Really pulls on the heartstrings. "

  • Kimberly R.

    Kenosha, WI

    "Loved it! This should have been a pick for the month."