I recently finished the book called Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, this 390 page fictional story follows a group of people affected by the war and their struggles to leave occupied Germany, This book alternates point of view on the war every 2-3 pages. This is why the book is so interesting to me.One of the many important quotes comes when a man, they call the shoe poet, says “You can tell everything about a person by what shoes they wear,” He later goes on to describe one of the characters we follow by their shoes adding in,” You come from a wealthy family, but they are old probably given to you by your mother,” (Page 34.)Everything he said was right.
Another important quote comes when a young outlawed German soldier named Florian, find a Polish girl held at gun-point by a Russian Soldier,After he kills Russian Soldier he gives the girl a Pistol and Says,”this is to defend yourself, now leave.”(Page 72.) yet when she believes she had to use it, she shot another German soldier thinking he was going to attack Florian.
Once our traveling duo get moving they meet another group, they then choose to stick with the group, later in the story. One night, Florian’s and the Polish Girl named Emilia’s first night there a nurse, or a Nurse who used to work in a hospital notices a wound on Florian, a very important quote comes when he says,”If you are going to help me you must wait until everyone else is asleep.”(Page 45 and again on Page 210). Something that surprised me in the book is the bond that a German soldier and a polish girl have throughout the story, I rate this book 10/10 for adventure and Action and everything in the middle.
In Conclusion this book was an amazing book, I enjoyed reading the book and I am looking forward to reading it again, I enjoy all the characters and their individual personalities and that everyone has their own side and perspective on the war, it also shows how the war changes people. Turning them into something, or making them do something they never thought they could do or never thought they would ever do. We always see this in books. But this book is an all time favorite.