Salt to the Sea is all that I hoped for and more from Ruta Sepetys (the author of Between Shades of Gray). Once again, she shines a light on a dark part of history with a beautifully crafted novel. Because of the alternating points of view and short, poignant chapters, I was torn between wanting to read at a breakneck pace– I couldn’t wait to know all the secrets being hidden– and wanting to slow down to savor every character’s sense of hope in the face of such desperation. This is a novel that readers of all ages who enjoy historical fiction will appreciate.
Although this is published as a teen novel (so it’s hardcover for just $18.99), I recommend it to adults, too, especially those who liked All the Light We Cannot See!
-Tegan Tigani, Queen Anne Book Company, Seattle, WA
Check out this behind-the-scenes peek at what booksellers get when they’re choosing what books to carry for the next season. This was Penguin’s special mailing of the advance reader’s copy of the book, which included Tegan’s blurb as part of the promotion.