Published February 2nd 2016 by Philomel Books
Available on hardback, paperback, audio, ebook and kindle
Book Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction
Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.
Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war.
As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.
Yet not all promises can be kept.
Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling and award-winning author Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II. An illuminating and life-affirming tale of heart and hope.
Why am I reading this?
It won the poll for April’s Young Adult BOM. The plot sounded intriguing, the author is very acclaimed and the book sounded exactly what I like for a book of the month discussion: hard to read, interesting story line and totally out of my usual genres.
How am I reading this?
My friends reviews?
One 5 stars, one 3 stars, a few “currently reading”. Lots of “to read”
Where am I reading this?
@NBRC. You can join discussion here
Thoughts so far:
A little over 50% and I’m enjoying it quite a bit. It is completely out of my usual genre, but I feel transported to that harsh reality. The main characters are strong and likeable, in most cases, at least. The one that isn’t, I believe it is the author’s intention – mission accomplished – the writing style is captivating and easy to read. The story has four different first person POVs, which allows the reader to see the story from all angles. As someone said in the discussion: “there are never only two sides to a conflict, and World War II is one of the greatest wars in our history”. It also brings the worse people have to the surface, which I always find hard to read, because human beings should be that, human beings and not act like demons or other evil creatures. This book shows us that reality and makes us connect so strongly with the main characters that I’m predicting a lot of tears at the end – after all, it is a book about a ship wreck.