Audiobook Review, Historical Fiction

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the SeaSalt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you’re looking for your next great WWII historical fiction, here it is. This book was recommended to me by a friend based on how much I loved Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale and it did not disappoint.

I honestly don’t want to give away what this book is about because it will completely ruin the ending, but suffice it to say that there is a piece of WWII history that I’m guaranteeing most people have never heard which is represented by this book. Told through the perspectives of four fictional characters, this book is based on true events.

I loved the ultra-short chapters because it made for an extremely quick listen. And from an audiobook perspective, having each of the four characters portrayed by a different narrator made the experience feel more authentic and real.

I don’t pretend to be a WWII history buff, and this book definitely had elements which I found somewhat confusing just because I didn’t have the appropriate background knowledge. There was a lot of discussion of various countries and their ties to the war (Lithuania, Poland, Prussia, Yugoslavia, etc.) and prior to this book I didn’t have a good knowledge of how the people of those countries were affected. But, the author did a good job of explaining enough that I could follow. (Also, there is an Author’s Note at the end that helps clear some things up so just stick around for that).

Overall, the characters were done very well. I felt a connection with each of them and understood the motivation behind their actions. I found myself rooting for (most of) them along the way.

If you’re looking for a good historical fiction that is on the shorter side and isn’t too bogged down with historical detail, this is a superb read. Highly recommended.

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