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The Sea of Tranquility Audiobook

The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel

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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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    Luvs2Read09 Fayetteville, NC USA 07-12-16
    Luvs2Read09 Fayetteville, NC USA 07-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic!"

    What a great story! I could not stop listening. Both the plot and characters are amazing.

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    Maha 06-21-16
    Maha 06-21-16
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    "A book that draws you in- Bingeworthy"

    I thought the narration was good but I felt the was extremely 'tweeny' and a but predictable with all the hints throughout. I would recommend as a guilty pleasure because its not a book you want to draw out.

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    sheryl 04-06-16
    sheryl 04-06-16
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    "One of my favorites ever. "

    The author seamlessly went from the female character to the male characters and made it believable from both sexes. I totally enjoyed it

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    A. Oliveros Las Vegas, NV 03-12-16
    A. Oliveros Las Vegas, NV 03-12-16
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    "It really grabbed my attention."

    I loved this book, the narration was great. The make and female voices really helped differentiate the characters and the story was a tearjerker.

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    Isa 02-19-16
    Isa 02-19-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Im ok. Im ok. I need to keep telling myself that!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Josh Bennett is my favorite. He is protective and vulnerable. Loved him.


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

    BOTH. Nastya and Josh were incredible.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    All of the above and more.


    Any additional comments?

    If there was a way to double up the stars I could give this book I would. I was skeptical about it at first, the genre wasnt one I would usually pick, but I am a big enough woman to say I was wrong.

    I was dead wrong.

    I wish I could say that I was speechless, but Im not. I want to say so much about this that the words have backed up in my brain and the narrow passageway were words filter into my surface thoughts is all sorts of jumbled and hectic. I feel as it Katja Millay gathered up all my feelings and then racked them through hot coals. There was so much laughter, even more pain, anguish, joy, hate and angst that reached me from these pages. The narrators became the characters and even the most two dimensional characters popped out of the page and earned their third dimension by the end of the book. The narrators were phenomenal. In fact Im tempted to listen to every single book Kirby Heyborne and Candace Thaxton have recorded. Kirby made me cry and Candace's voice is perfection.

    The author thrusts you, not into action and adventure, but into the minds of young adults just wadding out of the small pond. For the majority of the book you are treated, not to spoken words, but to the main character's thoughts, their feelings, jumbled and imperfect but so eloquent that you begin to wonder if at one point in time you werent just like them. I know I was.

    Josh Bennet has lost everyone he has ever cared about. They are all gone and he is alone. He is lost and broken, taking his days one at a time while trying to distract himself by creating. Nastya Kashnikov was a child prodigy in the piano. She had a bright future, a loving family, a community who raised her and all that was dashed away by a random act of violence. I loved how you knew what happened, sort of, throughout the book, she thought about it constantly, but the author does not give away the extent of it until the end. Instead, she makes you focus on the pain, on seeing this bright, clever and angry girl both the way she sees herself and how others see her. Nastya does everything she can, not to hide so much as to force others to ignore her. This is a heart wrenching story, filled with mistakes.

    I may not agree with how Nastya handles her pain, how she copes and makes the choices she does. We like to think that if something terrible happened to us, that we would be able to pick ourselves up, dust off the knees, patch the hurt and move on in a show of strength. We like to think that if someone we loved went through such trauma that we could give them all the support they would need and maybe every one of us would be forming a line to dish out advice on how to get better. There is no perfect recipe for healing, there is no right way. There are only tailored choices that each of us have to make. Nastya makes mistakes and then she makes even bigger ones and it doesnt get better right away but the reader follows her and Josh through their broken spirits and watch, with joy as two broken people learn to fit perfectly together. This has easily become one of my most favorite books and I truly hope that Millay has more in store for us.

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    Sandy 02-17-16
    Sandy 02-17-16
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    "Beautiful"

    The ending was beautiful and chilling. One of those stories you want to read again.

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    huda sammour 02-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "very nice"

    good start good finish. not a surprising story though it's very will written, it is full of emotions I cried and smiled. I felt the characters live.
    the way it changes the story between characters was very supportive to the flow and it was good

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    Monica Deming, NM, United States 01-15-16
    Monica Deming, NM, United States 01-15-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautiful!"

    So much tragedy, truth, and the struggles of life. Very well written story. Can't wait to see what else this author has in store for us.

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    Stacia 11-16-15
    Stacia 11-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book from start to end"

    A story so detailed that only a literary artist could come up with. I would have changed one thing and set it in college rather than high school as I feel this would have been more believable. Good weekend read for 20 somethings

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    WFJenJen 11-09-15
    WFJenJen 11-09-15
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    "A compelling story"

    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.

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