Book Review: Salt by Hannah Moskowitz

Chronicle Books
TBP August 28, 2018
280 Pages

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.- Goodreads

I thought this was going to be an intense monster hunting book, where the protagonist wants out and will do what it takes to get there.

Not the case at all. This read was slow as molasses and lacked the intensity of life at sea. There were a lot of little things that bothered me with this read.

Firstly, it takes place in modern times i.e. where there is computers, internet, cars and cell phones. I don’t nor did I have an issue with these kids choosing a life at sea but I had an issue with the fact that they did not know for the most part know how to use technology or even blend in with modern to society when they made port.I understand that they are supposed to be sea folks and that is their life, however, it was completely unrealistic that they couldn’t really blend in or use anything modern.

Secondly, their boat. How I pictured it was this rundown, single sail, toy wooden looking boat that had too much stuff on it to properly work or walk. I could not for the life of me understand how in a modern world this was all they had. You can argue that they were left alone after the disappearance of their parents and didn’t really have anything but then I could argue, their parents are monster hunters, why was there no preparation in how to get a proper boat?

Thirdly, there was no intensity within this novel. The monster scenes weren’t filled with that fight like I wanted and expected. Indi is extremely passive and didn’t really fight for anything. This does not change throughout the book. I wanted conflict, at least between him and Beleza but it wasn’t there. There was so much brushed over in this book that the author could have added more to character development, engagement, emotion and scenery.

Man this book could have been really good. I know I listed a lot of what I don’t like but there was a lot of good to this book. The foundation was strong; kids trying to save their family, save the world and fight the internal battle of just wanting to be kids is good. The pace was acceptable and the lack of romance actually worked in this book’s favor. Was there an interest? Yes, but that went left real fast and I was actually happy for that.

I wanted more from this read. It could have been amazing.Oh yeah and the ending wasn’t great either.

2 Pickles