Atria Books|June 4, 2013|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-1-4767-3094-3
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.
Two and a half years after an unspeakable tragedy left her a shadow of the girl she once was, Nastya Kashnikov moves to a new town determined to keep her dark past hidden and hold everyone at a distance. But her plans only last so long before she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the one person as isolated as herself, Josh Bennett.
Josh’s story is no secret. Every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen-years-old, there is no one left. When you name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space. Everyone except Nastya who won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But as the undeniable pull between them intensifies, 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.
The Sea of Tranquility was a riveting, intense, powerful, and well-written story.
Nastya Kashnikov was once a beautiful piano player until an unspeakable crime happened to her and changed her forever. She became very withdrawn, quiet, and extremely fragile. She dressed in black and far out clothing and kept to herself at school knowing that she was talked about. She had her parent’s home where the crime had taken place and moved to another town to live with her aunt to give her time to think and sort out her life. She liked living with her aunt as she worked nights and Nastya attended school during the day so they were like ships passing in the night which gave Nastya time alone to herself.
Nastya loved to run, and run she did for miles and miles and miles. She could think clearly and clear her head when she ran. One night while running she passed by Josh Bennett’s home and his garage door was open and he was inside working. Nastya knew of Josh from school. She decided to stop and entered the garage but didn’t say anything. Josh just let her be and allowed her to stay and watch while he built the furniture he was making.
Josh lived alone now as every single person in his family had passed away. His mother, his father, and his grandparents. He had tons of money but no one knew that about him. He attended school then came home and built beautiful pieces of furniture in his garage. Josh was as lonely as Nastya was fragile.
Nastya began to make visiting Josh in his garage a nightly thing and little by little they became friends and began to talk, however Nastya never revealed to Josh what had happened to her but he knew “something” terrible had occurred but never asked her about it. He figured if she wanted him to know she’d tell him and he himself wasn’t sure he even wanted to know.
The story centers on their relationship and how each of them comes to some realizations that yet again changes them both. It was the most powerful story I’ve read in a long time and would highly recommend it to anyone. I would also recommend it for book clubs as there are a lot of topics that could be discussed from this novel. I’m keeping this one in my permanent collection. I won’t forget The Sea of Tranquility for a long time.