Review: Challenger Deep

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Goodreads Summary:

Caden Bosch is on a ship that’s headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench.

Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior.

Caden Bosch is designated the ship’s artist in residence, to document the journey with images.

Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head.

Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny.

Caden Bosch is torn.

A captivating and powerful novel that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by one of today’s most admired writers for teens.

This book was nothing that I expected. I added this to my TBR list when I saw it was by Shusterman, not looking at the synopsis or anything, and then it was part of the 365DaysofYA challenge so I preordered it without another thought.

And look at that synopsis, it doesn’t give you much to go on does it? Well I was really confused for about the first 40 pages or so, but was so amazed by the writing that I didn’t even care. And then things clicked, I was watching a kid sink deeper and deeper into his own mind, which was playing tricks on him and making him believe things that were untrue.

It was an incredible journey to watch Caden’s sinking, falling, surrender, and healing. Shusterman was able to create a beautiful while terrifying map of what it’s like to be the person going through all of this. To know there is something wrong but being unable to mark it or change it, to be put on a medical cocktail and live in a psych ward, all during one of the most challenging times in a persons life anyway.

It was beautiful and touching and you need to read it.

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