Per aspera ad astra, Papa,’ I whispered. Through hardship to the stars.


Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Published: February 2nd, 2016

Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction





Following four teenagers in the time period of World War 2, each from a different homeland and secrets of their own. This story takes you through the vivid and simple hardships of WW2 like never before. As the plot and story line is fiction, the Wilhelm Gustloff ship the four teenagers earn to reach tragedy is not.


Why I Recommend:

This is the first YA historical fiction I have read and I most definitely wish I have read this sooner and given more credit to the genre! Historical fiction should not be underestimated… I was most definitely not bored as every page left me at a “why did that have to happen” feeling. But then it strikes you at every couple pages that this is real events that most likely happened to people everyday for years. There is so much wisdom that comes from this book as well. Please, give it a chance. I picked it up and after the first 4 pages it was begging to be read.


Rate: 5 out of 5 stars



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