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 17 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.
©2012 Katja Millay (P)2013 Simon & Schuster
I was completely addicted to this story and I listened every chance I got! Well written and well read. The way it ended is kind of haunting me though. Part of me thinks it ended perfectly and part of me found it unfulfilling.
I am among the very few who have never read The Sea of Tranquility by Katjia Millay. There are many reviews posted about this book and the majority of my friends have read and loved it. When the audio became available for me to listen to I thought it would be a great opportunity to see what the "fuss" was about. And I am so incredibly glad that I did. And I am thankful that I listened to it on audio. Because the female narrator - Candace Thaxton, was incredible! She brought so much to the story. I was enthralled in her retelling of the events of Nastya Kashnikov's life. The piano prodigy who had her whole life ahead of her. She had dreams of being a famous pianist, and travel the world performing. And she had the talent to get her there. Until one tragic event destroyed her dreams and ability to perform. Candace brought forth the anger, hurt and despair of Nastya so exquisitely, that I cried as I listened to her words.
Josh Bennett... wow, what a character! Flawlessly written, he is a caretaker in every way. Yet he is strong and thoughtful and witty. He too, is broken by the circumstances life has thrust upon him at such a young age. But this young man has the fortitude to push forward and continue despite or in spite of those circumstances. He is truly a magical character. I did not, however like the narrator's rendition of Josh (or other male characters) on this audio. He spoke too slowly, and with a monotone voice - I had to increase the speed so that I didn't get bored, and so that his speed would match that of Candace Thaxton. Secondly, he has an accent which didn't lend itself to Josh or other characters and he seemed too old for them as well. Unfortunately had I not been so invested in the story I would not have connected with Josh. The one time I did find his narration to be good was when he was portraying anger and yelling. This was done well.
Because I loved this story - I will definitely be purchasing the book and reading it - and because of the female narrator - Candace Thaxton, this audio is a 5 Star for me!
Too busy to read as much as I'd like, Audible is the perfect solution. I'm a romance reader mostly, but can stray into any story.
The performance was amazing, the story so original and unique from anything I have listened to or read. I loved it.
I have absolutely devoured this book. The story was so gripping that I just couldn't stop listening. The story is heartbreaking for both of the main characters and so different from all other books in the same teenage tragedy genre.
I've loved every minute of this book so much that it makes me want to downgrade all my other 5 star books to a 4......well all except Reason to Breathe and The Bronze Horseman (let's not go crazy now)
I highly recommend this book
I read this book a couple years ago and I loved it so much I decided to listen to it when I ran across it on Audible as well. I was not disappointed. The narrators added so much to this story. The book deals with such real suffering and hopelessness, you tend to forget these are young kids experiencing these traumatic events and emotional repercussions. Both narrators add a youthful and naive perspective in their interpretation of the story. This adds a whole new element to the characters' development.
Great story and excellent writing!
Please read this book. I loved it. The author paints a masterpiece with words. The audio was a little annoying. Candace takes a big breath after each sentence but don't let that stop you from listening. Well worth the money and more importantly your time. brenda
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