Book Review: The Sea Of Tranquility

The Sea Of Tranquility CoverBook: The Sea Of Tranquility by Katja Millay

Published November 2012 by Atria Books|Pages: 450

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Series: None

Genre: YA

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Summary: 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.

I initially picked up The Sea Of Tranquility because I’ve heard really good things about it.

I liked The Sea Of Tranquility, but it didn’t grab my attention the way I thought it would.  I found myself not caring about Josh’s story or Nastya’s story for most of the book, and I found that I couldn’t connect with the book for a good chunk of it.  300 pages in, I found myself starting to get interested in what was going on.  There’s also the fact that I found myself bored and wanting to skim parts of the book.

I will say that the last 50 pages were so beautiful, and turned an okay book into a book I liked.  Initially, I decided to read those last 50 pages at home, because I had the feeling I would start crying.  And yet, I found myself finishing The Sea Of Tranquility when I was on break, trying not to start sobbing like an idiot…for the most part, I managed to not sob like an idiot, but I might have cried the teensiest bit.

So…there were certain things about Nastya that were interesting.  Like, her not talking when she remembered what happened.  And her changing her name to Nastya and going to a school where no one knew her was also interesting…particularly the name change.  I remember being confused about who Emilia was a couple times, and it wasn’t until the end that a lot of the book made sense.

So.  The ending.  I spent so much of the book not caring that when I started to care 300 pages in…it was a case of too little too late.  Was the ending heartbreaking and beautiful and made me FEEL ALL OF THE THE FEELINGS?  Yes, but at the same time, I wondered where this beauty was several hundred pages ago.

Overall, the characters were great, and they were really well-round characters.  They all had their own problems and I liked seeing how they all connected with each other, and how things resolved themselves.  I especially liked how Josh and Nastya formed an unlikely friendship that turned into romance.  In general, I really liked the random friendships that we saw throughout the book.

There is something about the way The Sea Of Tranquility was written, and overall, I suppose it was all very beautiful.

It’s just…the ending is the main reason why I like The Sea Of Tranquility.  I think this is a case of me going in with really high expectations and the book not matching up with those expectations.  It really is me and it’s just not my cup of tea.

Final Thoughts:

I liked The Sea Of Tranquility, but I didn’t connect with it the way everyone else seems to be connecting with it.  The ending was absolutely beautiful, but this isn’t the book for me.  The Sea Of Tranquility gets 3 stars.

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