Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Great characters: Shoe Poet (Heinz), Blind Girl (Ingrid), The Prussian (Florian), The Wandering Boy (Klaus), the Nurse (Joana), among others -- some I felt more attached to than others.
The story was excruciatingly sad -- the exodus of all walks of life from the advancing Russian army to a port where ships held hope for rescue and survival. When in fact, over 9000 would perish, mostly children, on a torpedoed ship.
I had a hard time separating my Hollywood/Titanic movie visions from the Wilhelm Gustloff tragedy: separated love interests floating in freezing water. Lots of frozen, dead passengers. Queue music.
I love WWII-themed novels/books.
Expectations: I expected to LOVE this book. I liked it... a lot...but not love.
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