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Salt to the Sea - Ruta Sepetys

Recently reading Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, I have noticed some similarities between the authors life and her book.  Sepetys is the daughter of a Lithuanian refugee and in the book one of the main characters is a young women who is trying to escape the Russians coming for the German people.  Sepetys also is very fond of learning and went to many different schools and colleges which is shown in her characters since many of them talk about learning about different things even in the middle of war.

Some things however were very different between her life and the book. Sepetys has lived in America a lot of her life and all of the characters live over seas near germany and lithuania. This is contrast between book and author. Another thing is the fact that during schooling Sepetys changed majors multiple times and her characters have their minds set on what they want to be. In the book the authors life is shown in little tid bits but is obviously important to how she writes

qotd: have you ever seen an authors life in a book of theirs?


""He saluted me for the special mission that the pass defined. My attitude had to match the level of forgery. If I appeared confident, they wouldn't inspect." (Sepetys 116)"
Salt to the Sea - Ruta Sepetys

This quote in the book is said by Florian, a German deserter, who is against Hitler, but doesn't want to be caught in the act. In order to prevent this he forges papers to keep him on the good side of the Nazis. The quote shows many things about this time period that the books tries to portray.

1. It shows that nobody was safe, not even the Germans themselves. Whether the soldier was high or low in rank, there were always people on the outside and inside that hated them.  The forgery worked for some people, but others were suspicious.


2. People would do whatever they could do to survive. Even though Florian knew it wasn't safe or right to forge papers, he did it anyway. WWII was a very scary time period where all you wanted to do was survive. Forgery wasn't right and could get you in a lot of trouble with authority, however if you got away with doing it, it could save your life.


3. When Florian forged the papers he had to make it more believable. In order to do this he had to make sure that his attitude was strong and matched the title he gave himself which is said in the quote. Attitude that doesn't get you in trouble, but gets people to respect you determined life or death.






Salt to the Sea - Ruta Sepetys

Hi my name is Caitlyn and I enjoy reading realistic and historical fiction.  These genres are two that I turn to a lot when trying to find a good book. Speaking about good books, one that was recently suggested to me is Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys.  This was suggested by a friend who is also reading one of her books.


Salt to the Sea is about four teenagers trying to escape WWII.  Instead of the author focusing on who the Germans are against, it focuses on who he RUSSIANS are against. The author switches point of views of characters in each chapter between a German Deserter, a Polish girl, a Lithuanian nurse, and another German soldier.  The book really shows the struggles for kids in such a scary time.  The characters are very well developed and are looked at as adults when in reality they are each under 22.  The plot can really captivate the reader and defiantly make you want to read more.


 Ruta Sepetys has a really unique style that I would like to point out.  She is able to switch characters' perspectives while keeping the story moving.  She is also able to describe characters be using another one's perspective so you are able to find out more about that character.  Through out the book you will always know something another character doesn't. 


Salt to the Sea is a book I suggest putting on your book list and will let you know more about.