Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Review of Salt by Hannah Moskowitz

By Hannah Moskowitz

“Being a sic is a good life.”
“There are a lot of good lives,” I say. 

I can honestly say that Salt is one of the most original books I’ve read in a REALLY long time. The four main characters are orphan, sea-monster hunters who are trying to find their way in a world they don’t understand. They’re forced to grow up too fast, and they use the bits and pieces of the languages they were learning to communicate in a tongue that’s indecipherable to anyone outside of their foursome. And they are so sompletely lovable. 

Beleza and Indi are the oldest siblings, and they used to get along so well. But, with their parents gone they don’t seem to see eye-to-eye anymore. Beleza was born to be a sic—she loves the water and she wants to savve the world from all the monsters it doesn’t even know are out there. Indi, though, is sick and tired of the sic life—he’s been wetand dirty for as long as he can remember, and the bouts of seasickness are getting old. Even with these great differences in mind, the stake that drives the two of them apart is the fact that Beleza is leading her younger siblings to their death on what she thinks is a revenge mission. 

“We’re saving the world, you know.” 
“It’s a nice world,” I say, softly…My eyes are wet suddenly, and I squeeze them shut. She scratches at my knee a little, waiting. “I want to be in it so bad,” I whisper. 

The siblings fight, and they bicker, and they even face a run in with one particularly annoying pirate. But, inside this incredibly original story line, the characters are the real treasure. 

Moskowitz has portrayed the sibling relationships so well that I’m convinced she must have a handful of siblings (I do, and this was super relatable). Oscar and Zulu are the perfect little shipmates, but at the end of the day they're, well, just kids. They have no parents, just two older siblings, and the way Beleza and Indi step in is heart wrenching and heart warming all at the same time. 

ALSO—the attention to detail is unbelievable. I know nothing about boats, sailing, etc. and I didn’t question a single thing that went on. Beyond that, I felt like I was on that boat with them at times. 

Salt is original, attention grabbing, and written so beautifully. Anyone who picks this book up will be swept away by the waves and words inside the pages. 

I want to thank NetGalley & Hannah Moskowitz for providing me with an ARC!
To purchase: Salt 

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