Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf. If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.
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This week's neglected book
Release Date: February 6, 2016
Publisher: Philomel Books
Publisher: Philomel Books
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.
Why did I add Salt to the Sea to my bookshelf?
I bought this book right as it was being released in February 2016. I actually was able to get the book signed at a local stop on the book tour for this book. I thought the book looked good before hearing Ruta Sepetys talk but by the time I left I was really excited. It really was one of the most interesting author events that I have been to and I was amazed by the research that went into Salt to the Sea. (see my post from the author event - here) So I have a signed physical copy of this book that has been waiting to be read for over two years. I do feel a little less guilty about it since my daughter has taken the book off the shelf to read and really enjoyed it. Hopefully, I can squeeze this one into my reading schedule by the end of the year.
What are your thoughts? Have you read this book? Would you recommend it to others?