Review: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

Wow. How can I even begin describing this book? I absolutely loved it. I was laughing so hard at times while I was biting my nails at the same time. It is a YA novel, yet for the most part I kind of forgot it was. The writing on this book is absolutely phenomenal, I can’t stress this enough. It is an extremely intense story, which the author gives us slowly, unfolding the past and present seamlessly until the reader puts the pieces together, until we get most of our questions answered towards the end. Of course, this just made it impossible to put down. It is never full of despair, as it might seem, just an undercurrent of life moving on and acceptance and constant evolving of characters and situations in an otherwise tragic tale. The characters are all very realistic and emotionally honest, and I liked that it was told from both main character’s POV. The bonus towards the end, with the shift in the names, very nice touch. The small details in this book are what took it above and beyond my expectations. After reading the synopsis, I was kind of expecting a Lovely Bones type of storyline.
Full of unmatched wit, brilliant sarcasm and dry humor, I found myself laughing a lot while reading. The catch? And this is actually why I think the writing was brilliant: this book is about a teenage girl, Nastya, who was brutally beaten, destroyed and was killed, then resuscitated by doctors. The whole story is about how she deals (or not) with the aftermath of this tragic event that interrupted her life while commiting to a vow of silence. She transforms herself into a whole new person, literally and not necessarily for the better, until she meets Josh, a guy who steals her attention and gets to her in ways no one else can. Their relationship is just as important and as a main theme in the book as is her issues and how Nastya chooses to deal with them.
I definitely recommend this book for anyone. 10 out of 10 stars!!
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