I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
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.
Aww! This book gave me the warm fuzzies, in a bitter, dysfunctional way.
First off, the cover is completely misleading. I’m not really sure what it’s supposed to symbolize, but it turned me right off. It wasn’t until the amazing reviews starting rolling in that I even began to contemplate it. Lucky for me, I have no issues with admitting that I was wrong. Now that I have read the book, I look back at the cover and go “Ahhhhh! It’s ice cream!” You’ll get it once you read the book.
This is pretty much your standard contemp romance. No huge surprises. Broken boy, damaged girl, finding love together. But what drove me forward, kept me reading, was that this was pretty much the SLOWEST FACT REVEAL EVER!!! Throw me some frickin’ scraps Millay! Anything! There is a steady stream of clues, but very little concrete fact until FAR into the book, and I was more than okay with that. Believe it or not, I loved the characters so much that there could have been nothing but scenes of them eating cookies and watching TV and I would have kept reading. Nastya has the most unique voice for something with so little to say. Josh, I just wanted to take him home and adopt him! The POVs alternate between the two of them, and they each bring their distinct personality into their inner monologues. You’ll find yourself wishing you could save them, and frustrated when you find your hands are tied.
I have read reviews saying that their relationship is beautiful because it’s imperfect. Honestly, I can’t see anything that isn’t perfect about them! Have you ever been with someone and not had a fight or two? They orbit around each other, even when they’re apart. Puzzle pieces fitting together, two halves of the same whole. Whatever metaphor you’re looking for, they complete each other in all the ways that matter. Perfect.
I had all of these notes of things I wanted to say and was halfway through writing the review until I realized that it was almost entirely made up of spoilers. ARG! A general rule is that if the synopsis isn’t saying it, then neither am I. I want you guys to have the same experience that I had reading this. So I’ll keep it short and sweet. Just read it. Seriously.