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Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Challenger Deep (2015)

by Neal Shusterman

Other authors: Brendan Shusterman (Illustrator)

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    The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer (souloftherose)
    souloftherose: Both books do a great job of helping the reader understand what it's like to experience a mental illness. Whilst neither shy away from the suffering that accompanies this both are ultimately hopeful books.

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Fantastic read! ( )
  mjolorenz | Jun 30, 2017 |
This is a difficult, but deeply moving story about one boy’s struggle with mental illness, It is not, as the author stated, a work of fiction. Shusterman's own son suffered with mental illness as Caden does. It is hard to watch someone you love journey to the deep, and being powerless to stop it. The sketches throughout this book are the author's son's drawings when he was deep inside his mental illness.

The story...
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. And... Caden Bosch is very much lived by his family.

This is the most unusual and brilliantly written novel I have ever read. ( )
  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
What a fantastic book! When Caden's two worlds began to collide, just WOW! Shusterman's treatment of mental illness is deftly done. ( )
  scatlett | Nov 28, 2016 |
This is a gut wrenching story detailing a teen’s decent into the darkest depths of mental illness. Marianas trench depths, where psychosis and delusions overtake his mind and where there is no light. Shusterman tells Caden’s story from that first point where he had a feeling that something was wrong, to being hospitalized for psychosis and paranoid delusions, through to his treatments and release. Because Shusterman has been on this journey with his own son he is uniquely able to portray his character’s journey and the impact on family and friends. Though in the end (Spoiler) Caden finds his piece of blue sky, his glimmer of hope that brings him up from the deep, Shusterman is realistic in acknowledging that sometimes you are not able to steer your ship out of the storm and clear of the beasts. For those times he has included links to mental health supports for his readers. ( )
  Lindsay_W | Oct 16, 2016 |
A challenging and insightful look into the mind of a young man experiencing a psychotic episode. The alternating storylines were hard to follow until I realized one was reality and the other hallucination, and how they linked together. It doesn't sugar coat or glamorize mental illness yet it still ends with a sense of hope. This is YA fiction but it's very realistic and relevant for any age, teens and up. ( )
  wandaly | Jun 30, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061134112, Hardcover)

Challenger Deep is a deeply powerful and personal novel by New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman.

A captivating story about mental illness that lingers long beyond the last page, the novel features haunting interior illustrations by Neal Shusterman's son Brendan.

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."

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