By Stephan Lee
February 08, 2016 at 07:10 PM EST

Salt to the Sea

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Sepetys, author of Between Shades of Gray, has established herself as a master of YA fiction that dramatizes real-life events often overlooked by textbooks. And it goes without saying that her books are nothing like history lectures. In Salt to the Sea, the historical set piece is the devastating sinking of a German ship named the Wilhelm Gustloff as experienced by four far-flung young narrators thrown together by the atrocities of WWII. Even though you might wish Sepetys were as adventurous with her style as she is with her subject matter—she leans too heavily on the clipped, overheated narrative voice that’s de rigueur in contemporary YA—she once again anchors a panoramic view of epic tragedy in perspectives that feel deeply textured and immediate. B+

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