The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This is quite possibly one of the best, most confusing, most breathtaking, heartbreaking, beautiful and most amazing books I have ever read in my entire life. I’m close to crying. I am crying. I don’t even know. My emotions are in overdrive. Pretty sure I’m having a breakdown. Yep. This book torn me to shreds, ate me up, then glued me together. It was perfect. I have no idea where I’m going to begin with this review.
Nastya Kashnikov has lost everything. She has so much pent up anger and frustration with the world, she’s given up. She’s stopped caring about everything. Now she just hates; hates on people, herself and the world. She is focused on destroying the life of the man who completely broke her. When she moves from her home town to live with her aunt and hopefully begin a new life without the whispers and the stares, she is surprised when she meets Josh Bennett. Josh Bennett. The one person who pisses her off, confuses her and gets under her skin. She is drawn to him and his “force field”. They are both drawn to each other and their mysteries. Together, with their secrets and mysterious backgrounds, they are a glass case of emotion, just waiting to crack.
The Sea of Tranquility got to me in ways a book had never gotten to me before. I used to read all the time in class on my laptop, before I realised that, shit, I actually needed to listen and learn something. I haven’t read in class for a while, but I needed to when I was reading The Sea of Tranquility. It was haunting me. It was all I could think about. Stuff you science revision, I needed to be pulled into the messed up worlds of both Nastya and Josh.
The characters were everything in this novel. They made the story. The secrets they were keeping were even kept from the reader. Nastya was an emotionally unstable, very fragile girl who was seeking – no – hunting for revenge. She was focused on how messed up her life was. She was blinded by hate and raging emotions and what she had lost. What that bastard had taken from her. Really, she was a very likable, realistic character and I loved being inside her crazy mind.
Josh Bennett. Everyone he has ever loved is dead. He just wants to be left alone in his frantic world; focused on building things. When Nastya appears in his life, he isn’t sure what to do. Tell her to piss off, or enjoy her company? He loves her and he hates her. She gets under his skin like no one else. He kind of enjoys it. I actually really loved Josh. He was an amazing character that I fell completely head over heels in love with.
The Sea of Tranquility was a slow building, exciting, suspenseful, dramatic, heartfelt read. My mind was racing all throughout the book. I loved this book so much and would recommend it to anyone (especially someone who feels like a good cry).