The Sea of Tranquility

The Sea of Tranquility

by Katja Millay
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The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

A School Library Journal Best Book of 2013
An ALA/YALSA Alex Award Winner

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.

Two and a half years after an unspeakable tragedy left her a shadow of the girl she once was, Nastya Kashnikov moves to a new town determined to keep her dark past hidden and hold everyone at a distance. But her plans only last so long before she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the one person as isolated as herself: Josh Bennett.

Josh’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. When your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space. Everyone except Nastya who won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But as the undeniable pull between them intensifies, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476730943
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 06/04/2013
Edition description: Original
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 48,067
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Katja Millay grew up in Florida and graduated with a degree in film & television production from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She has worked as a television producer, and a film studies and screenwriting teacher. Currently she resides in Florida with her family. The Sea of Tranquility is her first book.

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The Sea of Tranquility 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 189 reviews.
BookFanatic132 More than 1 year ago
I’m going to admit that this book wasn’t at all what I thought it would be. I thought it wasn’t going to be my style. I thought it wasn’t going to be good. I thought I wasn’t going to like it. I blame this on the synopsis. It doesn’t do the book justice. It should say something like “This book will tear your heart out and put it back together, but you won’t ever be the same.” or maybe “This isn’t merely a love story, it is an amazing, rich story with deep and unique characters that will steal your breath and make you feel absolutely everything there is to feel.” This book was amazing. It was beautiful. It was heart-breaking. And it was hopeful. It had this and more, so much more. Nastya has had her spirit crushed and her body broken, but she still goes on. She doesn’t live though, not until she meets Josh. Their lives intertwined and they were never the same. Both of them are broken, both of them feel they are hopeless, and both of them will leave you in shreds when they tell their stories. This story was an emotional rollercoaster. It had its highs and its lows, it took me through loops and had many twists I didn’t see coming. I want to re-read this all over again, now that I know the whole story, to catch the things I didn’t catch before. Looking back at the clues that were left there so when the whole story was revealed I was left to admire the author’s handiwork. The author planted pieces to the puzzle that we didn’t know were pieces until the whole puzzle was solved. She’s as amazing with words as Josh is with woodwork or Nastya was with a piano. I loved the plot. I didn’t expect a lot of the things that happened and honestly did not know if things were going to end up happy. Normally I would hate this, but I knew that things weren’t going to be resolved easily for them. It wouldn’t fit and honestly I would have been disappointed if they were. I think that the book ended perfectly. The ending was truly, honestly, and amazingly perfect. Those last two words. Oh my God, those last two words. My heart stopped right there and I knew right then and there that this book is going in my favorite books of all time. Actually, that’s a lie. I knew that it was going to my one of my favorites of all time way before that. It’s that good. You guys know those books you’re torn between recommending them to the whole world so they can read the beautiful story you’ve read and never telling anyone so you can hold onto it because it’s yours and you want it to keep being yours for ever and ever? That’s me. I want to shout about this book on the rooftops and want to never tell anyone and just clutch it to me so it never leaves my side. Honestly, though? Go read this book. You won’t regret it. The characters and so deep and profound and broken that you will love them forever and want to re-read this book for all time.
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nastya was killed one day while walking the neighborhood in the daylight. The doctors were able to bring her back but life has never been the same since. For a while she couldn't remember anything about that day but the moment she does, she completely shuts down. She decided to stop talking because she can't bring herself to say the things that everyone wants to hear, "who did it" and "what happened". So instead of trying to come up with lies for the answers, she decides to stop talking until she can bring herself to talk about it. Only, minutes turn into hours, hours into days, days into months... you get the idea. All she knows is the boy who attacked her kept calling her a Russian whore and when she's given a second chance at life, that's exactly the persona she takes on. Everyone that Josh has ever loved is dead. His mom and sister were killed in a car accident when he was 8, his father died of a heart attack later on and his grandfather, who is the only one left, is not looking like he's got too much longer to live. So at the age of 18 he is alone. He keeps to himself and only has one friend, and he's perfectly fine with that. He doesn't want anyone else in his life who is just going to leave him heartbroken. I loved their story. You get bits and pieces of Nastya's story as the story progresses but it isn't until the end that all the pieces fall together. I liked that this wasn't one of those teen angst books where the girl falls in love with the bad boy. Josh is a loner and even though he's not looking to make friends, he isn't rude to Nastya. It isn't until his best friend, Drew, decides to pursue the new girl, Nastya, that the two characters start to interact. Now normally I don't talk about the cover because a lot of the time it's not always relevant to the story. However, this cover deserves some spotlight for how amazing it is. The Sea of Tranquility is actually the lunar mare (dark part we see on the moon) that is located in the Tranquillitatus basin on the moon. Why is this relevant? Well, there's a part of the book when Nastya and Josh are laying in the bed of his truck looking up at the stars and the moon. They start talking about the Sea of Tranquility and how Nastya has a picture of the moon on her room wall. She used to think that the Sea of Tranquility was a beautiful and peaceful place that you'd want to go to when you die but has since learned that the name is all a lie. The ice cream is actually presented a lot in the story. Nastya has this addiction to sugar. Her food groups consists of, candy, cookies, cake and ice cream. She once tells Josh that if she goes too long without ice cream she gets really irritable. And since then he either has ice cream in his freezer or he takes her out for ice cream. "We put a pretty big dent in every one of those containers, and she's definitely more Sunshine and less Nasty afterward. I make a mental note for the next time she gets pissy that, in lieu of mood stabilizers, ice cream will do the trick." I'm so glad that I read this book. The author has a wonderful way of weaving two stories together to create a seamless masterpiece. This is an unforgettable story about two characters who find peace in each other and with the bond that they create, start to heal. It will keep you up until all hours of the night, until you finally pass out, only to start reading again the second that you wake up. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more work from this debut author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have you ever read a book where you didnt want it to end? Where no other book will be the same? Where you cant even try and read another book until you recover? This is that, and more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Resonated deeply with this book, and had to make myself "take a break" many times. I just couldn't leave this story, untill I finished all of it. Please read....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5++ stars! An absolutely amazing book and very well written! It has been a few days since I have finished it and I am still thinking about it. I will be re- reading this, there is no doubt!
KateUnger 5 months ago
The Sea of Tranquility did not live up to my expectations. I had heard so many great things about this book, but surprisingly I had no recollection of what it was about before I started listening to it. Nastya is new in town. She’s come to live with her aunt after some sort of horrific attack on her life. She was a concert pianist, but she can no longer play because her attacker crushed her hand. Josh Bennett keeps to himself. He lives alone because his parents are dead, and his grandfather is dying. They’re both damaged, so they develop a unique relationship. This book was just too drawn out for me. I couldn’t stand how Nastya wouldn’t tell Josh what happened to her (and by association, then I didn’t know exactly what had happened to her). I’m not a fan of the slow-burn contemporary YA romance, and that is essentially what this was with some family drama and emotional issues thrown on top. That’s not to say that I hated the book. I didn’t. I like Nastya and Josh, and some parts of the book were enjoyable, but it was just too long. Too slow. And much too angsty for my taste. I wanted there to be more plot than just the love story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so good! Highly recommend.
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THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY was one big set of contradictions for me. I loved how Nastya's response to her trauma was handled on the page, but I had a lot of mixed feelings about how the trauma story arc ended. I liked that Josh wasn't a stereotypical angsty bad boy, but his emotionless behavior sometimes felt at odds with his in-book experiences. I didn't necessarily believe that Nastya's history would've remained a secret from everyone at her new school either, especially in the social media age when she didn't even leave her state. The reason I gave this story five stars had less to do with the strength of its plot, and a lot more to do with the strength of its characters. Every last one of them--from Nastya and Josh, to Nastya's family, to Josh's friend Drew, to Clay the artist--completely drew me in. I was anxious to keep reading even when the story moved slowly, because I cared about the people involved. They felt real and fragile and they mattered to me, even when they were cruel or selfish or made dumb mistakes. In spite of my plot concerns, I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for Katja Millay's next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just don't even think about it and buy it. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. I am the pickiest reader ever so trust me when I say that this book? WORTH IT.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very touching story, have your tissues ready!
JAC_15 More than 1 year ago
I loved it -- I wasn't sure I would since it was categorized as young adult, but it was great. It was very fast reading. I could not stop reading about the relationship between the two main characters. Amazing and definitely five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is beautiful. One of my favorites. It will show you about what it is like to be different and open your mind to why people are the way they are, why they dress the way they dress. People all get through things differently and this book shows that in many ways. It is unexpected and very powerful. I recommend it to all and especially those who may feel like they're alone in the world, this book will show you how similar yet different we all are.
scash More than 1 year ago
This book blew me away. i can't even remember why i bought it, but i absolutely fell in love with it, and have since told all of my literary friends to read it. Aside from the fact that the ending is badass(down to the last page!), the lead character is a beutifully strong girl just looking to find herself again after a tragedy. love, wit, and triumph in a very real and heartfelt setting made this book impossible for me to put down or even read just once. her love interest is great by himself, but the two together make for a couple you root so hard for your chest aches. this novel turns in a few directions you dont think it's going towards, but the rewards are well worth the trip. this is a novel i will always remember.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this! One of the best I've read this year! Need tissues.
KDH_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Rating: 4.5 Three sentence review: I loved that there was buildup to Nastya and Josh's friendship and, ultimately, love. The Sea of Tranquility is full of tragedy, healing, emotion, and so many beautiful words. This is such an incredible book and if you're looking for a realistic romance that isn't all rainbows and sunshine, look no further. You can read all of my reviews on my blog, KDH Reviews.
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ladidi79 More than 1 year ago
We just started a book club, and this was our first choice. Let me tell you...if this is the type of books that are going to be picked, then I am a lifelong book club member.  I loved this book and have recommended it to everyone I know that reads. It captured my attention and I could not put it down. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book after reading my email from Smut Book Club: 10 books that stays with you. And as usual, I wasn't disappointed. This is a 2nd read book. Great characters, great story and quite possible, a tear- jerking story.Loved this book and author. A standalone great read. LOVETOREAD
vleighwrites More than 1 year ago
4/5 stars