Date Published: February 2, 2016
Published By: Philomel Books
Genre: young adult, historical fiction
Edition Read: ebook
Dates Read: 1/10/19-1/13/19
Goodreads Synopsis: World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, many with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer to safety.
Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people—adults and children alike—aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.
My Thoughts: This book has been on my tbr for YEARS and I just kept putting it off because I didn’t want to read a sad book. I regret putting it off for so long. This book was stunning. It was so beautifully written and you are right there along side the characters as they are making their way to the freedom that the ship offers. I hadn’t heard of this tragedy until I went to read this which is honestly so sad. The event this story follows is one of the worst events to happen in WW2. So many people were killed and it needs to have the attention on it that is deserved by those who lost their lives in it. This is one of my favorite books now and I will read anything that this author puts out. I felt so much for these characters, except for one of them who very much annoyed me the entire time and if you have read this then you most likely know who I am talking about! Everyone needs to read this book.