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Review: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

the sea of tranquility

Title: The Sea of Tranquility
Author: Katja Millay
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 450
How I got the book: Purchased with own money
Where to buy: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository

I’m not sure what to say about this book. It was a roller-coaster ride all the way through. There were moments when I seriously couldn’t put the book down, it was that fun to read. Then… there were moments when I couldn’t fathom why I even began to read this one.

I will not get into details, but there are a few things I would like to mention. This book is pretty dark in some areas. If you’re looking for something light hearted then I’m not so sure this is the book to pick up.

So let’s get started.

Right off the bat, Nastya is introduced along with family. Nastya lives with her aunt and her father mother and brother live in another city. The school is given information about what happened to her, but nothing else in mentioned to the reader. It’s not until after some time when the reader is told that the reason the teachers treat her differently is because she can’t speak due to what happened to her. There’s a constant reminder that something traumatic happened to Nastya some time before moving to her new school, but we don’t find out what that is until much later in the story.

Much later.

Then there’s Josh. A loner kid from school who is very good at wood working that also happens to have a dark past and is also in one of Nastya’s classes. He defends Nastya after a public attempt at humiliating her and thusly gains the trust of the reader. It’s all very interesting.

This story has alternating points of view. Going from Nastya’s life to Josh’s life and what they think and experience.

There are about five main supporting characters in the story and all o them serve a purpose in the end. There’s some playfulness from Josh and his best friend and from Nastya and Josh (when they’re able to be alone) and from some of the other characters, but here’s what I loved the most:

This book was written with a lot of emotion. There are topics touched within the book that are very complex and require a certain understanding of life in order to get the full impact.

And as with a lot of young adult books, there’s a lot of teenage angst written all throughout this story…

Overall, I’d give this one four stars. It was a gripping read and I loved all the characters, but I don’t think I’d read this one a second time around. It it, however a good stand alone book. But not good for re-reading, I think.

I hope to hear what you guys think about this one! Please, let me know!

Happy reading!



Summary:Two and a half years after an unspeakable tragedy left her a shadow of the girl she once was, Nastya Kashnikov moves to a new town determined to keep her dark past hidden and hold everyone at a distance. But her plans only last so long before she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the one person as isolated as herself: Josh Bennett.

Josh’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. When your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space. Everyone except Nastya who won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But as the undeniable pull between them intensifies, 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.

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