Even though their parents disappeared during a hunt three months ago, seventeen-year-old Indi and his siblings, Beleza, Oscar, and Zulu, continue to roam the Mediterranean on their sailboat and hunt down monsters–but Indi yearns for a more settled life for his family, and he hopes that his parents’ journal with its tantalizing hints of a treasure, will provide them all with the means of escape from their nomadic and dangerous life before it is too late.
Salt is a beautifully introspective little book that’s set against the backdrop of an atmospheric seafaring setting. Here’s why I enjoyed it:
1. The characters. There are a few other side characters, but the book mostly follows these four siblings who sail around catching sea monsters:
Indi, the main character and the second-oldest sibling. He’s so sweet and he cares about his siblings so much. (Also shoutout to that one line where he corrects that dude for being sexist.)
Belleza, the oldest. She’s complicated but she’s doing her best and she’s super fierce and protective. I felt for her, being the oldest of four myself (though I do not lead my siblings on unsupervised monster-hunting adventures out at sea).
Oscar, the third-oldest. He’s a troublemaker and has a hard exterior, but he’s really sweet underneath and also super funny.
Zulu, the youngest. She’s so adorable!
2. The family relationships. This is easily my favorite aspect of the book. The four siblings all love each other, but their relationships are complex and interesting to read about. All the sibling banter was adorable (also relatable) and I generally loved reading about these four kids.
3. The aesthetic.
Most of the book is set out on the ocean, and I loved the seafaring vibes. I also loved the contrast between these parts of the book and the times when the kids went on land and they had no idea about technology or anything like that. The setting in general was cool, as there was lots of travel, and the incorporation of language (the kids speak a bunch of different ones) was neat.
4. The writing.
At its heart, Salt is less of a book about hunting sea monsters and more of a book about sadness and relationships and figuring out who you are. This is beautifully written, and I flew through the book.
All in all, Salt was a sweet, quick read that I enjoyed and would definitely recommend. Let me know in the comments—will you be reading Salt? Who are some of your favorite sibling groups from books?
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.