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Challenger Deep

challengerdeep Challenger Deep
by Neal Shusterman

Released: 6th August 2020 (UK)
Keywords: YA, Contemporary, Mental health, Suicide

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 behaviour.
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.

I recieved an eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was pretty confusing for the first part, until you figure out the connections between reality and the “other” world. If you persist past the confusion it’s actually quite fun seeing the connections appear and having those ahha moments where things start to make more sense. That being said, this is a book about serious mental health issues and focuses on a young boys struggle with losing himself and his experience staying in a mental hospital.

I personally thought that this subject matter was dealt with and depicted in a very creative yet accurate way and shows the impact mental health issues has on a whole family aswell as the patient themselves. Really great characters too, an important read.

My rating: 4/5 stars

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