Salt to the Sea is another outstanding WWII novel written by Ruta Sepetys, author of Between Shades of Gray. Set in Europe, this book unearths a story that has been hidden for 70 years, according to Sepetys. Salt to the Sea is told through the eyes of four characters. Joana is Lithuanian, a nurse who always wants to help people in need, even if helping them places her in danger. Florian is Prussian, a boy with many secrets. Emilia is a Polish girl, on the run not only from soldiers, but also from unspeakable horrors of war. Alfred is German and blindly loyal to Hitler. Through the lives of these four young people, Sepetys weaves a story about Operation Hannibal, Germany's evacuation of soldiers and civilians ahead of the Red Army, and ultimately, the sinking of the German ship Wilhelm Gustloff, a maritime disaster larger than than the Titanic.
If you are a fan of WWII and/or Holocaust novels, you won't want to miss this one. This young adult novel does include mature content and a very realistic portrayal of the ugliness of war.