Book Review: Challenger Deep

Posted July 23, 2015 by Pixie in book review, Pixie / 2 Comments

Book Review: Challenger DeepChallenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
Published by HarperCollins, HarperTeen on April 21st 2015
Genres: contemporary, young adult
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

A captivating novel about mental illness that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman.
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.
Challenger Deep is a deeply powerful and personal novel from one of today's most admired writers for teens. Laurie Halse Anderson, award-winning author of Speak, calls Challenger Deep "a brilliant journey across the dark sea of the mind; frightening, sensitive, and powerful. Simply extraordinary."

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I hadn’t really planned on reviewing this title, tbh, because I didn’t enjoy it. There just wasn’t much to say for the book in any real good or bad sense, so this review will be short and simple. To basically sum it up, I was bored beyond belief while reading the entire time. Which in many ways, disappointed me quite a bit when it came to WHO wrote the book, as well as what I’d expected after reading the synopsis. I’d never read anything by Shusterman, but this author was always highly recommended to me from several of my reader friends.

The hardest part of me disliking this book was knowing what exactly it was about, the underlying message, and how well it was being told through this character and development of the story. It was just not working for me in any way, shape or form by the halfway mark. I kept pushing through until the end, but it was just one of those reads where I felt like I could put it down and not be bothered to pick it back up without a worry.

However: I can certainly see a large following of readers loving this book and the cast of colorful characters the author created though. It’s not a terrible read, but this one didn’t quite hit its mark with me. Just on the ‘meh’ scale.


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2 responses to “Book Review: Challenger Deep

  1. I am not alone! I am so so sad this didn’t work for you but I am so so glad to not be the only one that was bored by it. This sat on my “currently-reading” shelf FOR MONTHS.

    How is this by the same guy as Unwind?! I know you haven’t read that one but trust me when I say that it is NOTHING like this and is INFINITELY better and will make you feel things.
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