Wow! I have not participated on Waiting On Wednesday in forever even though I am so excited by so many books! Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.
This week I am waiting on Salt To The Sea by Ruta Sepetys.
- I have yet to meet a book by Ruta Sepetys that I don’t like. For real, her books are so well written I cannot help but recommend them.
- All of Sepetys’s books are well researched. Don’t you hate reading books about history that come across as inaccurate and lazily researched? That issue will never happen with something by Ruta Sepetys.
- Salt To The Sea is about the biggest maritime tragedy in history and set during World War II. What happens is this cruise ship carrying refugees is hit with a torpedo. I think that with the refugee crisis, the content of this book, despite being historical, is incredibly relevant today.
Between Shades of Gray meets Titanic in this epic WWII-era novel that shines a light on one of the war’s most devastating—yet unknown—maritime tragedies.
It’s 1945 in East Prussia. World War II is drawing to a close as Russian forces overtake the Germans, and thousands of refugees are on a frantic trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among the throngs of people seeking safety are Joana, Emilia, and Florian: each one borne of a different homeland, yet equally desperate to escape a life marked by brutality and war. As their paths converge en route to the Wilhelm Gustloff—the former cruise ship that promises each character’s salvation and future just beyond the Baltic Sea—the three are forced by circumstance to unite, and with each step closer toward safety, their strength, courage, and trust in each other are tested.
Yet just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, Russian torpedoes strike the massive ship. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival. Most will not make it.
Told in four alternating POVs, Ruta Sepetys delivers a masterful work of historical fiction inspired by the real-life tragedy that was the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, the single greatest maritime disaster in history (far more deadly than the sinking of Titanic). Just as she did in Between Shades of Gray, Ruta unearths a shockingly little-known casualty of a gruesome war, and proves that humanity can prevail, even in the darkest of hours.