Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys is a companion to the author's earlier work, Between Shades of Gray. It follows Lina's cousin Joana, who faces her own harrowing journey through the turmoil of war. Joana is traveling with a group of refugees, desperately fleeing East Prussia as Soviet soldiers close in. Each member of the group carries his or her own secrets, some of which could be deadly in the wrong hands. And not all of them will survive the journey...
This story is just as harrowing and gripping as its
companion work, and through it I learned about a massive tragedy with
which I was unfamiliar. Just when you think you've heard about all of
the horrors of World War II... Despite the occasionally grim details, I
highly recommend this book, especially to fans of historical fiction.
(Reviewed from an advance copy, courtesy of the publisher.)