images (1)Reviewed by Krystal Larson

Nastya is a piano prodigy. She lives in a world of music…until she doesn’t. When a boy takes everything from her, she decides that he must feel the same pain that still resonates within herself. Josh has lost everything as well. It almost seems like poor Josh is cursed: everyone who has gotten close enough to love him has died. One might find this odd fact about Josh concerning, but Nastya could care less about his past, and it’s also a facet of her character that Josh comes to love. Nastya believes deeply in names and the meaning behind them; when she discovers that Josh means salvation, she knows that she must make him a friend…and maybe something more. Nastya feels like she can confide in Josh, but she has very deep and dark secrets, ones that she isn’t sure should see the light of day. Can Nastya trust herself and trust Josh?

Nastya’s character is stereotypically deep. She analyzes much of the actions and thoughts she carries out during the novel as well as those of other characters. I found it interesting that she believed so strongly in revenge and refused to let go of the past. There came a point when her fixation was annoying. I did feel bad for her since she didn’t have a peaches and cream life, but it felt like the “woe is me” parts of the novel were overdone a little bit.

Josh is a sympathetic character as well. I can’t imagine losing the people I love at such a young age. He is remarkably resilient and brave, but I felt like his character was a little one-dimensional, at times. He wasn’t the nicest character either. He was overly critical of other characters and seemed to think highly of himself. Drew was a dynamic character when I did not expect to find one. He goes from being the typical pervert to someone that the reader might consider taking on a date. It was fun to watch a secondary character undergo such a dramatic change very quickly. The other characters were fun to read about, but the author does not focus on them.

The plot itself was unique. I don’t think I have ever come across a book quite like The Sea of Tranquility. The novel felt a little surreal and mysterious in parts, but other portions were decidedly down-to-earth. It was difficult to get to know the characters very well early on in the novel, but this little problem was resolved by the middle of the book. The themes were typical, but the ending was a little bit of a surprise. I think this book would be a great read for young adult/teen readers.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Krystal is a young college student who loves meeting new authors and finding great books! Her favorite place to read is the Botanic Gardens.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Atria Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.