Monday, July 15, 2013

The Sea of Tranquility

Title: The Sea of Tranquility

Author: Katja Millay

Genre: YA/Coming of Age

Release Date: November 13, 2012

My Rating:

Nastya Kashnikov is an outsider.  She wears black dresses, black shoes, black eye makeup, black everything to cover up the young girl she once was.  Nastya is also hurting.  A terrible catastrophe changed her life in more ways than she could ever conjure in less than an hour.  It only took a moment for someone to take away her sole purpose for living and leave her as a hollow body lacking life.  Too many words fly through Nastya's mind, crippling her.  No voice.  No happiness.  She is left with nothing but the urge to start over.

Josh Bennett is haunted by the lives of those he's lost.  Everyone he loves is taken away from him at some point, whether it be an invisible inevitable force or plain bad luck.  Josh distances himself from everyone in fear of what could happen if he were to get too close.
Nastya and Josh find comfort in each others broken hearts as they tread through unsteady waters in The Sea of Tranquility.

I loved this book.  The intense emotions, the broken characters you can't help but want to mend, the background stories, the clever unraveling of Nastya's story.  Everything was absolutely perfect.

Millay rolled out pieces of the characters past at a steady-but sometimes slow-pace.  Nastya's story is heart breaking and it was painful to learn what had occurred to her to make her so... secluded.
There are some very intense scenes in this book that sort of mold Nastya into a stronger character.  Her value of self-worth drastically increases when she meets Josh because of their quiet connection.

I cried so much while reading The Sea of Tranquility.  The characters grew on me and I really connected with them on an adolescent level.

Overall, I'm giving The Sea of Tranquility a 5/5 because this book was flawless and it exerted a lot of emotional reactions from me.

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