Release Date: September 5th 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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.
Full of rage and without a purpose, former pianist Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone discovering her past and to make the boy who took everything from her pay.
All 17 year-old Josh Bennett wants is to build furniture and be left alone, and everyone allows it because it’s easier to pretend he doesn’t exist. When your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.
Everyone except Nastya, a hot mess of a girl who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. 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 may ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding or if he even wants to.
The Sea of Tranquility is a slow-building, character-driven romance about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.
It seems that once again I have made a fantastic life choice: getting this book out from the library. I’d been in a sort of reading slump, picking up something and putting it down a few pages in (sometimes I didn’t even started). Nothing was catching my interest. Then I started THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY and life was amazing.
THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY is the first book in a long time that was so addicting I’m 99% sure it was physically impossible to put down. I enjoyed it so much and just want to say two quick things (I need to get them off my chest, okay). Firstly:
Secondly, if one of the reasons you’re shying away from this (especially if you’re a contemporary and/or mystery fan) is because “ew New Adult” STOP RIGHT THERE. My personal opinion is that this is YA. Quite upper YA but still YA. The characters are in high school. To me NA is not high school. And this isn’t filled with sex either so YOU HAVE NO EXCUSES NOW. READ IT. Of course you don’t have to, but it’s just something you might want to look into
What is it about THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY that has me resorting to threats to get people to read it? (because I need to see more love of this!) Mainly it’s just a very well done novel. The writing is great and addictive, with distinct differences in the voices between the two POVs. The plot can be a little slow and not a great deal happened (but it is a character driven contemp so *shrug*) but there’s hilarious characters and great dynamics and that’s what I kept coming back for (not that I ever left)
There is also an element of mystery when it comes to what happened to Nastya. And I’m sort of grateful and frustrated at the way it was revealed (only because I wanted to know SOONER). We are never plainly told what happened. Only given glimpses as she gives hints and start moving on, coming to terms. The…solution to the problem came rather abruptly and in a place I did not expect. Maybe the repercussions of some of those final moments could have been explored more. Oh and while we’re at it, I would have liked to see more of Nastya’s family and some of the other secondary characters (they were so interesting!)
I think the only thing left to talk about it the romance. Basic thoughts
I loved it. The build up was great and it developed nice and slowly and perfectly. Though I do have to admit the Obligatory Break Up was quite sudden and came out of basically nowhere. It confused me. Everything was forgiven and sunshine soon rained down on the glorious couple again ;) (Someone better get that or I’m going to cry)
If you can’t tell, I really loved THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY. It was the exact book I needed to pull me out of a minor slump and I’m so glad I got it out from the library. You should get your own hands on a copy, it’s worth it.