Release Date: October 30, 2018
Publisher: Chronicle Books
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.
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me a copy to review.
I enjoyed this book a lot more then I thought that I was going to. I did do a Waiting on Wednesday post and once I got the ARC, I got cold feet but since I promised to review it I read it. Overall, I am very happy that I did. The story itself is short, only 250 pages, but it felt like enough. I did not feel like there should have been more. Moskowitz’s prose is very atmospheric and it reminded me of The End We Start From. I will admit I was expecting an apocalyptic story as that was the vibe I was getting from the synopsis. It was a bit shocking to find out that it was a modern day story.
Indi and his siblings did not have a basic knowledge of modern life so it might as well have been during the apocalypse. And speaking of Indi and his siblings, they had a great dynamic. They act like a real set of siblings; bickering, loving and antagonizing each other at every turn. However, they did not seem to be fully developed as there were holes in their backstory but this did not take away from the story from me because I was expecting something like TEWSF which does not have that a huge focus on the characters or the setting but on the journey that the main characters take. Like TEWSF, Salt focused more on the sibling’s quest to find their parents and fight monsters than anything else. The whole monsters fighting gig was the main reason why I was interested in the book and it did not disappoint. I do wish that Moskowitz explained more on where these monsters came from because she gave almost no lore or mythology on them. The boss fight was disappointing, to say the least. For this being the big climactic moment that was discussed throughout the whole book I was expecting more. I also wanted more than a few passing comments about their parents as that was there driving force for this whole plot.
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