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
It's good, not great, but has enough page-turning-ness to rate decently with me. A girl has to re-invent herself after a tragic misfortune. A boy is mysterious and gets on her nerves. Teens are tough in the face of life's unfolding tragedies. Teens.
This is one of my very most favorite books of all time!! I love the dual narrators. Love the story. I could listen time & time again.
I selected the book because the initial description of the characters resonated with me -- I am pianist, my father was a cabinetmaker and I grew up working with him in the shop. I have already recommended it to many people and will enjoy listening again.
Can't tell you -- it would spoil it.
Too many to choose just one. The author has a way of slowly pulling back the curtain that draws you inevitably into every scene. You're completely involved.
Yes - I had a long project to work on and I listened to the book in one day!
I loved the characters even more than I expected to. They are beautifully drawn, their emotional development sensitively and intuitively genuine, the book is perfectly paced.
I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.
Didn't expect it to be a young adult book but it did hold my interest and was a nice break from other genres.
I listened to it for a few chapters before falling asleep every night for a few weeks. It's intense, a nighttime book.
The fact that Nastya doesn't talk, hearing the stories unfold. And most of all, the last ten chapters of the book was satisfying and chill inducing.
Never heard them before but now I'm a big fan of both. When I'm done writing this review I plan to see what other audio books both of them have done so I can download more.
Sometimes the truth can't be spoken
This audiobook it dramatized to the point that it is obvious which character is speaking and what tone the character is speaking with. Not cheezy drama, just reading the way you hear it in your head. Perfect!
No, it's great for the target audience. I think I'm perhaps a bit too mature in my tastes, which is why I found it a bit melodramatic in parts. Also a bit unbelievable in parts.
I think toning down the drama in certain sections, especially when there's heightened tension, would help. I also think some of the reactions are just too "neat"-- I doubt things would unfold in real life that way.
The female lead was really great. Josh was a bit annoying. He spoke to slowly/dragged out.
I liked the book and could see that it would be great for young adults. But I think older readers would not find the emotional depth you need for a story like this. The issues are so weighty but are typically handled in a teenage fashion, which sometimes diminishes the credibility of the reactions. Still, would recommend it to my teenage cousins.
I almost did not buy this book due to the fact that it was in the YA genre (this is what books like Twillight have done to me) but for some reason I felt this might be different. I am so glad I gave this book a chance since I have to admit it was the best audio book I have listened to so far. Although the story revolves around a group of young adults the writing is so superb that readers of any age will be entertained. Katja Millay makes these characters come to life and you feel like this is a true story someone is telling you. You laugh, you cry, you feel angry and sad with even a little suspense thrown in.
Absolutely beautifully executed, I would give the book 10 stars, if I could.
In addition what takes this book to another level are the amazing performances by Candace Thaxton and Kirby Heyborne. It is a rare thing when an amazing book and an extraordinary performance collide and this is what happened here. In this case I have to say the audio version is superior to the printed book.
Listen to the book , you won't regret it. I'm looking forward to more from this author.
I can't remember a book that moved me as much as this one did. Life is not fair. Tragedy can befall anyone and not everyone overcomes such pain. Even with this harsh reality we are given hope. You aren't asking yourself why bad things happen. Rather, you're urging the characters forward toward recovery and healing. You believe that it is possible, even under the worst of circumstances. Incredible writing and incredible narration. I very rarely read (or listen) to a book twice. This one will be an exception.
Avid reader (listener) and Audible Fan!
My favorite Audible purchase of 2013. Heartbreaking story, beautifully written, and superb narration. Could not stop listening.
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