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The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | [Katja Millay]

The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel

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.

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 06-30-14
    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 06-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Uncinematic young love"

    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.

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    JK shakopee, MN, United States 06-20-14
    JK shakopee, MN, United States 06-20-14

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    "Perfection"
    What made the experience of listening to The Sea of Tranquility the most enjoyable?

    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.


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    RaNae Merrill New York, NY 05-02-14
    RaNae Merrill New York, NY 05-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Perfect pitch, perfect storm"
    Would you listen to The Sea of Tranquility again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sea of Tranquility?

    Can't tell you -- it would spoil it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - I had a long project to work on and I listened to the book in one day!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    C. Oneal California 02-20-14
    C. Oneal California 02-20-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.

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    "Disturbing but good story"

    Didn't expect it to be a young adult book but it did hold my interest and was a nice break from other genres.

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    A. Newton San Diego 02-15-14
    A. Newton San Diego 02-15-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Intriging"
    What made the experience of listening to The Sea of Tranquility the most enjoyable?

    I listened to it for a few chapters before falling asleep every night for a few weeks. It's intense, a nighttime book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Kirby Heyborne and Candace Thaxton ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Sometimes the truth can't be spoken


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    Abigail 02-13-14
    Abigail 02-13-14

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    "Audiobook Performance Star!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Sea of Tranquility to be better than the print version?

    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!


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    Charlene Cape Town, South Africa 02-09-14
    Charlene Cape Town, South Africa 02-09-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great for young adults"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Kirby Heyborne and Candace Thaxton – was your favorite?

    The female lead was really great. Josh was a bit annoying. He spoke to slowly/dragged out.


    Was The Sea of Tranquility worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Diana Valencia, CA, United States 02-08-14
    Diana Valencia, CA, United States 02-08-14
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    "I'm a hard to please reader BUT..."

    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.

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    AmReviewer 01-26-14
    AmReviewer 01-26-14
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    "WELL DONE!"

    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.

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    Gayle 12-21-13
    Gayle 12-21-13 Member Since 2008

    Avid reader (listener) and Audible Fan!

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    "Absolutely WONDERFUL!!!!!"

    My favorite Audible purchase of 2013. Heartbreaking story, beautifully written, and superb narration. Could not stop listening.

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