Title: The Sea of Tranquility
Author: Katja Miller
Publisher: Atria Books
Series Status: Stand Alone
Page Count: 426
Rating: 4/5 stars
Synopsis: 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.
Review: Hello! Before I start my review I would like to apologize to everyone for being MIA for so very long. I was finishing up my senior year of high school, and getting ready to move forward into college. I ended up dropping out of college, getting my own apartment, and also a couple of cats along the way. Enough about me though, let’s talk about this beautiful book!
To be completely honest, I had absolutely no interest in this book. I drifted away from contemporary romance a couple years ago, and it is very rare that I find a novel in that genre that I enjoy. The only reason I ventured to pick this up was because a member in my book club picked it out, I think to simply spite me, but I am glad she did. This book was an adventure.
The Sea of Tranquility is narrated between the two perspectives of the quiet Josh, and the silent Nastya. I think that a big part of a novel is dialogue, and it is in my opinion the most difficult part to get right. You can right an amazing story with wonderful world building and characters but if an author can’t get the dialogue correct, it ruins the story. Now a story between a girl who doesn’t talk at all and a boy who barely does, it seemed a bit boring, but it quickly escalated.
This book dealt with some pretty serious topics, and yet the mixed personalities of the characters kept the perfect balance between falling too dark or too light. Nastya was so dark and brooding, while the character Drew was the funny guy, constantly making sexual jokes and lightening the mood. Josh fell in the middle, as if he could fall onto either side at any moment.
There was so much unexpected humor in this novel that it was refreshing. The characters just added so much to the story, the friendship was beautiful and the romance was even better.
The absolute best part about this book was the ending. It was so well written and thought out, I would like to take the last page out of each copy and give it to the reader when they’re done and deserve it. So many series and novels fall flat because of anticlimactic endings, or otherwise. Katja Miller knows how to write the perfect, most beautiful and heart wrenching ending.
Overall, this was a pretty great book that I thoroughly enjoyed, despite my speculation of contemporary romance novels.
I give this novel 4/5 stars and would highly recommend it to everyone, especially fans of contemporary romance.
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