I wasn't sure where to begin with my review of The Sea of Tranquility. I had to take some time to let it sink in and wrap my head around it. I was frustrated that no one was reading it at the same time so I could talk about it. I had to talk about it! So, I spent my lunch break today explaining the entire story, all the secrets, and even the touching ending to a co-worker. I pretty much ruined it for her. Sorry CB! I just couldn't help it, I needed to talk about it.
I really don't want to give anything away so this is a difficult review to write. I refuse to write any spoilers on this blog (I just seem willing to do that face to face). I want readers to start, knowing nothing, be completely surprised and get swept up in the story like I did.
There were times it didn't even feel like I was reading. I was so engrossed in the story, it was like I was watching a movie or even living it. Absolutely nothing could distract me, not even the time. I read until the very early hours of the morning and had to force myself to stop so I could have few hours of sleep before work. Everyone knows when I'm really into a book when I come into work looking like a zombie. "Were you up all night reading again?" is a common question I'm asked. The story stayed with me all day and I couldn't wait to go home and finish it. Once I did, I was sad it was over.
What I can say is that it was a truly beautiful, captivating, and powerful story that completely took my breath away. I can't bring myself to start a new book at the moment because I am afraid I won't be able to connect like I did with this one. Maybe I'll just have to read it again ;)
I do want to touch on the characters for a bit. They were so beautifully developed, complex, and at times completely relatable. I fell in love with all of the characters, but I was surprised with the way I changed my opinion about one in particular, Drew. At first you just assume that he is going to be a selfish, shallow jerk and it turns out he was anything but. He was just as special as the two main characters, Nastya and Josh. The relationship between the three of them was very touching.
I am hoping that someone I know reads this soon (hint hint Abbey) so I can discuss it some more. I could seriously talk about this book for days!! It is definitely going in my favorites list!
My rating 5 stars. (not sure if five stars is enough)