From Goodreads: It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.
Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.
And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune — and remarkable power — to whoever can unlock them.
For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved — that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.
And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.
Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt — among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life — and love — in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?
Well that was enlightening, emotional, and a page-turning read!
SALT TO THE SEA by RUTA SEPETYS is a Young Adult Historical Fiction novel that is engaging, heart-wrenching, and a powerful read with an extremely interesting plot that grabbed my attention from the very first chapter. This was definitely another page-turner and extremely hard to put down.
The last few books that I have read lately have either had an embossed dustjacket or cover and this is no exception as this one has a partially embossed dustjacket as well as an embossed Stork on the actual cover. Must be some kind of theme for my reads lately! THE COVER definitely depicts an ominous read which I found extremely fitting for this novel.
The details of the ship, Wilhelm Gustloff is a shockingly little-known peace of history from World War II that I am sad to say that I never new anything about until after reading this author’s work of historical fiction.
Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four Secrets.
SALT TO THE SEA has us following along the tale of four captivating CHARACTERS; Joana (The Nurse), Florian (The Knight), Emilia (The Polish Girl), and Alfred (The Letter Writer). I really enjoyed the format of this novel which was written in very short chapters with alternating points of view of the four characters and made me want to read “just one more chapter”. I really liked what each of these characters brought to this story as well as the secondary ones throughout this book. RUTA SEPETYS delivers an unforgettable story here that was easy to follow along with the storyline and all the characters involved.
To sum it all up it was a well researched, heartbreaking, enjoyable, quick and a fast-paced read with a satisfying ending. Would recommend!!