Book Review: The Sea of TranquilityAuthor: Katja Millay
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
The Setting - Taken from Goodreads
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.
My Two Cents
I will say this about the New Adult genre; I have never read such moving stories pertaining to modern day tragedy and forgiveness. And this book was no exception. The Sea of Tranquility has everything a good novel should. A slow building romance, tried and true friendships, tragic and imperfect characters and of course, a mystery to keep you flipping the pages. Nastya is a character you genuinely feel sorry for; you can laugh out loud with her wit and tear up over her heart-breaks. Josh on the other hand is mysterious and not all that entertaining. But he is her friend, when no one else is. I love when a relationship starts off as a friendship and buds into something more, especially in Josh and Nastya's case. But The Sea of Tranquility is also a story of imperfect people and the will to forgive and move on. And I love that Millay did not have Nastya's life magically get better because she had a boyfriend. Once again my CAUTION though, The Sea of Tranquility is a New Adult novel and has some swearing and one "questionable" love scene. Please be advised for you and the younger readers in your life. I highly recommend this book, 4.5 out of 5 stars. I think my avoidance for contemporaries is slowly crumbling!