The Sea of Tranquility Katja Millay
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.
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.
Abby’s review: ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS
I recently read a review of this book so I had to check out. It’s incredibly difficult to find enough adjectives to say how great this is. Words like perfect and flawless come to mind, perhaps complete or brilliant, no, no, those don’t quite capture it either. It is hard to find the right word to describe how amazing this book is. I hope Katja Millay publishes a million books because this was just that good that it could have a crack like affect and anyone who reads it will just want more. Every page in this story is ppurposeful It never feels rushed. It comes together, every piece of it in every way. This is a story of pain, and survival, of heartache, and love, of loss, and growth. The characters are troubled. Some are broken. Katja knows how to fix them. She is an amazing writer and I’m a little awe struck by the genius-ness of this book. Everything fits, feels planned, just incredible. This story is about a girl finding her way home and so much more. READ THIS! READ THIS! Then tell a friend! This was breath taking.
Katja Millay graduated with a degree in film and television production from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has worked as a television producer and film studies & screenwriting teacher. Her debut novel The Sea of Tranquility was a recipient of the American Library Association’s Alex Award and was named one of the Best Books of 2013 by the School Library Journal. She currently resides in Florida with her family