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.
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Expected publication: April 21st 2015 by HarperCollins
**I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher HarperCollins via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is April 21st 2015**
I have never in all my life read a book that pitted my objective side so far at odds with my emotional side. My emotional side will tell you that I did not like this book at all however my objective side will rave about the genius of capturing the topic at hand, mental illness, within its pages.
Let me address my emotional view. While I really get what Shusterman was trying to achieve with the plot, and acknowledge its brilliance, it did not capture my imagination. I literally had to stop myself from skipping ahead during all passages about the ship and the captain. Maybe my imagination is lacking or maybe my thinking is so linear that I couldn't embrace what was being done with the story. Regardless this made the story very dull for me
On the other hand, the parallel between "real life" and Caden's mind were very intelligent. It described how one can slip in to mental illness and how reality can be distorted. In my case I appreciated this more after the fact than while reading. As a very relevant issue within our society I feel it is important to shed awareness on all types of mental illness. This story highlighted it from an insiders perspective.
To summarize I am no less conflicted than when I first started typing this review. The actual plot was difficult for me to get in to and I found the story much longer than the 320 pages it claims to be. On the flip side the fact that it was a difficult read for me would suggest that it accomplished what it set out. Wouldn't it? This is one of those stories that I suggest people form their own opinion as opposed to taking the word of others.
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