Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman (ARC)

challenger deep

Title: Challenger Deep
Author: Neal Shusterman
Publication Date: April 21st 2015
Rating: ★★★
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Synopsis

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.

I haven’t read anything from Neal Shusterman until this one so I had no idea what to expect from him. This book was confusing as heck. I read the first few chapters with nothing actually getting into my head except that Caden is both on a ship and a student in high school. It’s got potential though, that’s why I kept on reading. Halfway through the book, I learned that Caden has a mental illness. The story was told in alternating POVs. One was Caden as a person, and the other with Caden consumed by the thoughts in his head. Another one was the use of second person POV which made the story confusing and interesting at the same time.

I have to admit that this book dwells on a positive representation of mental illness, which is awesome. It was such a great idea to write a book that firsthandedly describes people with that kind of illness and how important it is to make them feel comfortable and loved. The story really focused on Caden and how he kept on clinging to reality or what he thought reality was. It was fun to read on about his adventures and how he grew up as a character.

“Death is a small sacrifice to become immortal.”

However, I think this book wasn’t really for me. I found it pretty dragging. Although the message it was sending was crystal clear and I loved it. I found it really important and empowering. It was such an honor for me, though, to have a glimpse of how life goes with someone like Caden.

I guess with the hands of the perfect reader, Challenger Deep will be very much appreciated.

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