At the end of reading this book, all I could think about is how I get the similar feeling after putting down my all-time favorite book a.k.a. On the Jellicoe Road. It’s not that their stories are alike. No, they’re totally different. What I’m talking about is the same looking-into-space reaction I had once I finished them. And that I guess is the closest to describe how I felt – and still feel – about The Sea of Tranquility. There were no precise words. I’m not even going to give the smallest description of the plot. I think the blurb is enough to do that job for you and beyond that would be a betrayal. Trust me, I looked for spoilers before and I am so glad I didn't find any.
Katja Millay did a marvelous incredible fantastic amazing job with the writing for me it’s almost perfect. This is a richly detailed story with important themes and serious issues. It’s written in first person from Nastya and Josh’s point of view and reading their internal battles are like being inside their skin. I hurt, fell in love, learned to accept and healed with them. To top it off, it’s packed with a great variety of vivid characters I grew to love. Drew, Josh’s best friend, has a special place in my heart.
It is a long book and I gobbled it up in more than a day. I admit I felt bored (I know right, WTH was wrong with me?) in the beginning and I was all for meeting the guy already. Thankfully I knew better soon enough and realized that the pacing was impeccable. The romance is slowly and perfectly developed. There’s no insta-love here people! And the mystery is so well laid out even the last words will take you by surprise. But before you think it’s too emo for your taste, let me tell you not to worry because it’s not all doom and gloom. There are banters and light moments here and there to balance out the sadness.
The only thing I’m disappointed about is the lack of physical copies. I believe this is the kind of book every bookstore should have. Anyway, I hope that happens not too far-off in the future.
I’m torn between having too many more things to say and speechlessness so I better end this review before I resort to begging. Now please carry on and READ THIS.