by Heidi R. Kling
# of pages: 336
Age range: 12+
Still haunted by nightmares of her mother’s death, fifteen-year-old Sienna Jones reluctantly travels to Indonesia with her father’s relief team to help tsunami orphans with their post traumatic stress disorder—something Sienna knows a lot about. Since her mother’s plane went missing over the Indian Ocean three years before, Sienna doesn’t do anything if it involves the ocean or planes, so this trip is a big step forward.
But the last thing she expects is to fall for Deni, a brooding Indonesian boy who lives at the orphanage, and just so happens to be HOT. When Deni hears a rumor that his father may be alive, Sienna doesn’t think twice about running away with him to the epicenter of the disaster. Unfortunately, what they find there could break both their hearts.
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Sea from Traveling to Teens Tours, and I wasted no time reading the book from the moment I got it. This book is a tragically real story, one that makes you reconsider the life you have and the things you take for granted yet also yearn for the love that builds this novel.
Sea starts with main character Sienna Jones receiving a plane ticket to Indonesia on her fifteenth birthday. Still affected from her mother's death years ago, Sienna remains closed off and hostile, refusing to go on the plane, mainly for he fear of them. After talking with her father, Sienna eventually agrees to go on the trip, which is turns out to be the best thing that could have ever happened to her. Not only does Sienna find love, she finds herself.
Sienna is probably one of them most developed characters I have read in a long time, by the end of the novel she is practically a different person. She matures so much, and learns to accept the past and embrace the future. The writing was well suited for the novel, and I loved how Heidi ended Sea. There were many themes and symbols in Sea, ones that only made the novel stronger.
Overall, Sea was a refreshing debut with a painstakingly real message and a close look on what it means to love.
If you liked sea be sure to check out:
The Killing Sea: Richard Lewis
The Sky is Everywhere: Jandy Nelson
Before I Fall: Lauren Oliver
Sleepless: Cyn Balog
Check out this awesome trailer of Sea made by Vania at Reverie Book Reviews: