If you haven't read Salt to the Sea, you must grab a copy! While you read, be sure to keep a book journal of notes to add to our discussions. Write down your thoughts or questions, highlight your favorite quotes - and then share with us! I want to dig deeper into the books we read together and get an idea of how a passage made you feel. What questions do you have that I didn't cover? What part(s) of the book is significant to you?
If you're reading Salt to the Sea within a group, you can print the discussion guide as a reference!
Ruta Sepetys (Rūta Šepetys) is an internationally acclaimed author of historical fiction published in over fifty countries and thirty-six languages. Sepetys is considered a “crossover” novelist as her books are read by both students and adults worldwide. Her novels, Between Shades of Gray and Out of the Easy are both New York Times bestsellers and international bestsellers. Her latest novel, Salt to the Sea, is a #1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the Carnegie Medal. Her books have won or been shortlisted for over forty book prizes, are included on over twenty state reading lists, and are currently in development for film and television.
If you would like to learn more about Ruta, visit her website here.
SALT TO THE SEA
by Ruta Sepetys
ISBN: 0142423629 | ISBN-13: 9780142423622
Publisher: Penguin Books
Paperback: 416 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
- What did you think of the structure of the book? What are your thoughts on chapters versus short excerpts different viewpoints?
- Which character did you connect with the most? Whose viewpoint were you most interested in reading? How do you think it might have been different if another character were given a voice?
- How does the story correlate to the fight for hope portrayed as each travels to board the Wilhelm Gustloff to the fight for survival as each tries to escape? Joana? Florian? Emilia? Alfred?
- What other themes did you notice throughout the book? What are your thoughts on innocence as the central theme?
- With the book set in 1945, do you feel that Ruta Sepetys remained true to the time period? Had you heard of the Wilhelm Gustloff before reading Salt to the Sea?
- If Alfred hadn't fallen out of the raft, what do you think would have happened to Emilia?
- What was your favorite quote and why?
- What was your first impression of the book? As you read, has your position changed?
- What did you think of the ending? Would you recommend this book to a friend?