The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
Genre: Young Adult: Realistic Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Themes: Family, loss and love.
Release Date: June 3rd, 2013
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.
First of all, isn’t that a gorgeous cover? It’s sooooo amazing … looooove the mix of the colors especially the white fog. And the writing too was really good. I love those kind of covers.
Talking about the plot would be lengthy; the two main characters, Josh and Nastya, have gone through a lot on their own. Nastya had a horrible accident where she was beaten up by a guy so bad she had to go through critical surgery. The guy left her laying on the school’s ground and ran away. After that, she took a vow of silence. Her family sent her to her aunt’s for a change of scenery hoping Nastya would talk after some time. Will she?
On the other hand, Josh Bennett is another boy who is struggling with losing his father. That’s not the first loss though, he lost his whole family too. Now he lives a life completely shut off from everyone. Busying himself with his love for making wooden stuff, but eventually, would that be enough?
For the plot alone, I’d give it a 3/5. Why? because it’s very talked about subject in contemporary romance. The writing, however, I’d give a 4.5/5. Because it was all in the writing. True it was long for such a predictable story, but it was beautifully written that I felt unnecessary drama thrown in there. It was well written even when talking about the main characters’ emotions.
Nastya ~ For someone who went through such terrible incident, I was amazed how she reacted. I’d probably lock myself up and never face a human until I die. But then even through the suffering, she did go out but held a choice that she’d never have to talk to anyone. I do respect that. She tries to not be bound by that accident, but it’s not easy to do so. There’s always pressure for her to be something else. Instead she took it in her own hands. She finds herself a reason to speak and overcome the grudge she has deep inside of her. Which is something great a person has let alone a fictional character.
Josh ~ This guy broke my heart. I felt for him so deeply because I associated with the kind of empty life he has. Even with loads of money in his account after his grandfather died, still money didn’t make him someone arrogant or reckless. Though, he had his moments of doubt and grief, those were short lived and he learns to let go slowly.
The Down [Spoiler Alert]
I have one complaint though, the confrontation of Natsya with the guy who beaten her up was less intense than I expected it. For such a huge deal, it passed almost almost unnoticed or unmemorable. It is something that I felt put me off a bit.
Overall, this was such a surprisingly good book. It’s such a cute romantic story. Written with such care and attention that was evident in how it made me connect with it emotionally. I’d recommend it to anyone who fancy such a kind of books.