Book: The Sea of Tranquility
Author: Katja Millay
Published: November 13, 2012
ebook, 448 pages
I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.
Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.
Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.
Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to.
The Sea of Tranquility is a rich, intense, and brilliantly imagined story about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.
The Sea of Tranquility has been my favorite book of 2013 so far. It’s one of those books that I immediately wanted to re-read after I finished (so I bought the audiobook…). Luckily, I selected it for my first book club, so I got to discuss with some of my San Fran girlfriends over gourmet pizza and wine (there were cupcakes, too….. are you jealous?) I’ve been putting this review off, because I’m not sure how to begin. If you like contemporary new adult fiction, you will love this book.
The Sea of Tranquility had all of the makings for a typical new adult novel. A troubled young girl, set in her self destructive ways. A young boy who comes into her life and changes her (and his) perception on life, love and everything in between. There was no insta-love connection between the two of them. In fact, they were both content being invisible in school. We got to hear from both Nastya and Josh, so we know what their back story was. Since I was a psychological major, I really enjoyed getting to take a look at where their heads were at.