Tranquility ; noun – the achieved state of being tranquil. Serenity. Calmness. Peacefulness.
– a disposition free from stress or emotions; a steadiness of mind and composure
– an untroubled state, free from disturbance.
Nobody recommended me this book. I was just lucky enough to stumble unto this. I never knew the author Katja Millay and I wonder why is that? If she writes good, very-good-as-a-matter-of-fact stories like this, how come I just got to hear of her for the first time? Because, this is her first novel. I believed, it has been a success since the day, about two months ago when it was first published. For die-hard lovers of YA-lit, it’ll be surprising and terrifying if this isn’t in your currently reading shelf.
The Sea of Tranquility
by Katja Millay
A lot of stars! I know the usual ratings are up to 5-stars only but I have the feeling that it isn’t enough to what this book truly deserves. The Sea of Tranquility is a novel that has been encapsulated with perfectness. It has no flaws, or, even it if it had, I might have love it too much to notice its imperfections. It is a story of two horribly messed up individuals, who both have horribly messed up past, who were trying to hide in a horribly messed up environment in order to live their horribly messed up lives. What ever bad ideas you have now of their drama, hang on to it because reading this will tell you that what they had in their lives were worst.
The characters, oh my you will love them. Nastya, pronounced as Nah-stee-yah, who is fond of collecting names and their meanings, who doesn’t seem to mind the slutty image and reputation that the school population sees at her, who happens to be not speaking for about a year already due to her mysterious past which requires a total discretion from school authorities. At first, I was kinda skeptical because I recently finished Hannah Harrington’s’ book SPEECHLESS, and I was like “ What’s up with these girls having a vow of silence and totally not speaking? Could this be the in-thing for it-girls of the generation?” How about tough and untouchable Josh Bennett? I just think that, the way his character was molded fits so good with how it is being portrayed in writing.
Reading on, I was wondering where the title fits the story. With how troubled the character’s lives were, I didn’t see any relevance that connects it to the title not until I get to the very last two words in the end.
As soon as Nastya/Emilia/Sunshine uttered these words, I literally felt myself catching my breath and everything around me seemed to stood still. I zombie’d the night away like having a graveyard shift because I simply can’t make myself put this book down and it just downed on me to realized that the title has in fact, described the entirety of the novel. It brought me back to the question that my mind was once asking but never get answered when Nastya recognized the location she was in when she got lost while doing her evening runs and found herself at Josh’s garage, at that very first night she sets foot inside it. I get to understand why she seems to know the place when in fact she was geographically lost at the moment. I currently don’t have enough adjectives to describe the book now because,saying that this is beautiful, fantastic and awesome are a complete understatement. I love the idea of making the readers not having to find out what happened to Emilia that resulted her name changed to Nastya. I love the originality of the plot and of how it is intricately arranged and written in both voices of the protagonists. I love that the scenes were realistic and believable which makes the story more alive. I love the style of it being a slow-building, character-loving, suspense-driven and ultra-romantic-amusingly-developed-beautiful love story. The relationships among families and friends are light, colorful and significant. I smiled, chuckled and cried and with that I am sure this book will leave the readers emotionally satisfied and fulfilled. Above all, I love that it has a happy ending.