Review | The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

28 April 2013


Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 448 pages

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.

I feel like I'm in the minority with this book. I wanted to love this book, I wanted to start it and get sucked in but I didn't. Don't get me wrong, I liked it but it just didn't grip me like I expected it to, like books like this normally do. It started off well and I thought it would but then it didn't. I wasn't until I got to the 80% mark that I was unable to put the book down.

So I guess I should go onto what I loved. I loved the characters, they were so well developed and all played their part in rescuing Natysa from her self imposed hatred. They slowly helped her to deal with her issues and start her life again before she really started to do it herself and realise that she was taking the steps she needed to. I think that if she hadn't had them around her what she was faced with toward the end of the book would have played out very differently. As always, a book once again made me fall in love with a douche, Drew Leighton, I should hate it but Natysa makes me love him, so does Josh.

There are moments I adored in this book, like Natsya's chair in Josh's garage. It's his way of telling her that he's letting her in, letting her be around and then there's those moments when Drew is a total sweetheart and you can see the real him behind the douche he appears to be. I think in a way Natsya saves him, just like she saves Josh and they both help to save her.

My favourite thing was the end, I thought that was coming in the long run but to hear it from Natysa made me smile and I think it would have given Josh hope to believe in what he thought was just his grandfather's drugs talking. That was the best way that he could have been saved. It really was.

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