Salt by Hannah Moskowitz
YA Fantasy | 258 pages | 10.30.2018 | Chronicle Books
In this story, we meet 4 siblings who have recently become orphaned and took over the family business: hunting down sea monsters, living the ocean life, barely scraping by. They have their parents journal with notes about the various monsters and a map to a potential treasure, as well as their rickety ship and an arsenal of weapons. We follow the siblings on their journey to avenge their parents. Along the way, they encounter clues, monsters, and a female pirate. Will they come face to face with the monster that allegedly killed their parents? Will they find the treasure on the way?
I have to say this book wasn’t for me. I was intrigued by the genre and story synopsis as fantastical sea adventures are generally my thing. Unfortunately, the story felt like a hodgepodge of magical text messages sent by an angsty teen. Maybe the teenager-like language was done on purpose but somehow didn’t fit the atmosphere of the plotline at all. I was confused at times whether or not the narrator (teenaged Indi) was actually sitting in his older sister’s pocket or if it was just a figure of speech. Events along the journey happened abruptly and were hard to follow. The crescendo of encountering the mythical sea creature called El Diamante fell flat and the battle was way too short for me to care about its outcome. And the ending seemed like an odd afterthought.
All in all, I struggled reading this book and am not certain I understood its message. To me, the only positive note was the female pirate who made no excuses for herself and her lifestyle. She was a very positive (despite being a thieving pirate) role model in the book.
I would like to thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for my advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.