Alright Ruta Sepetys fans, we know you’re out there. Sepetys might not have the name recognition of James Patterson, but for those of you who know her, you are familiar with the swift pace of her writing which sweeps you into historical fiction with the force of a thriller. Her debut novel Between Shades of Gray (2011), based on her own family history in the WWII Siberian work camps, garnered a lot of critical attention upon its release, and its popularity among teens and adults soared with word-of-mouth. And now the novel is a much anticipated motion picture starring Bel Powley and Jonah Hauer-King due in theaters this November under the title Ashes in the Snow.
Since publishing her debut novel, Sepetys released another well-received novel, the historical mystery Out of the Easy (2013). But now she’s back with another YA historical fiction novel Salt to the Sea (2016) which is racking up serious praise even before its release. It tells the true story of the sinking of the ship Wilhelm Gustloff, an often overlooked WWII tragedy which claimed the lives of 9400 passengers fleeing Europe in 1945. The novel hits library shelves the first week in February, but a hold list is already started, just click on “Request” in the catalog.