The Sea of Tranquility

A Novel

Millay, Katja

Paperback - 2013
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Sea of Tranquility
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. All Josh Bennett wants is to be left alone, and everyone allows it because they all know his story: each person he loved was taken from his life until at seventeen years old there was no one left. When your name is synonymous with death, people tend to give you your space. Everyone except Nastya, a new girl in town who 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 a mystery 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.

Published: New York, NY : Atria Books, 2013, c2012.
Edition: First Atria Paperback edition
ISBN: 1476730946
Branch Call Number: F MIL
Characteristics: 428 pages ;,21 cm.


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Jul 01, 2014
  • LPL_RachaelH rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Sea of Tranquility is an intense read with complicated characters. Each character, main and supporting, is interesting and complex. Both main characters have endured incredible pain and are trying to figure out how to live in a world that they don't entirely want to be in. Unusual bonds form between unlikely characters, who make mistakes while trying to sort out the confusion of their lives. The story holds many surprises which create emotional turmoil for all of the characters. The best part of The Sea of Tranquility is that there isn't any "insta-love". All relationships that are formed don't come immediately and certainly don't come easily. They are satisfying because of what the characters has to go through in order to keep the relationships together.

May 29, 2014
  • Linzwo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a FANTASTIC read! From beginning to end, it is awesome! I have found every chapter has just enough in it to make me giggle. Super great story!

Jan 02, 2014
  • katortiz3 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent writing. Truly felt all the emotions from all the characters.

Aug 03, 2013
  • JuniperAvenue rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Don't think you can read this book in leisurely installments, a chapter here and a chapter there. It is completely engrossing from the first page to the last. The novel is about Nastya, a high school senior who resorts to selective mutism to deal with a traumatic event. She meets Josh who has had traumas of his own, and they develop a friendship and one of the best slow-burn romances I have ever read. Healing comes incrementally, without cliches and stereotypes. It's a beautiful book; you read it and forget you're reading. Highly recommended.

Jun 28, 2013
  • gymgurl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A very very emotional book. I loved it.


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Jul 01, 2014
  • LPL_RachaelH rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Josh and Nastya are lost. Nastya is trying to make it through high school without everyone nosing into her secrets. Josh is trying to survive the fact that his secrets are out in the open for the world to see. When Nastya transfers schools to live with her sister, she tromps all over the bubble that seemed to surround Josh, creating a fragile friendship that neither character seems to be able to understand. The two dance in, out, and around one another's lives creating a lyrical but intense read.


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