Challenger Deep

Challenger Deep

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Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman, Brendan Shusterman

National Book Award and Golden Kite Award Winner

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."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061134142
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/26/2016
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,390
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Neal Shusterman is a New York Times bestselling and award-winning author. He is the author of Challenger Deep, a National Book Award winner, Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Honor Book, and recipient of six starred reviews; Bruiser, which was a Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choice, a YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults pick, and on twelve state lists; and the Unwind dystology (includiung Thunder Head and Scythe), among many other books. He lives in California with his family.

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Challenger Deep 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a challenge to read,but in a good way. You experience and see the perspective of someone who is losing his mind. It takes you through the struggle of reality. What is real when you can't trust your mind?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well thought out book, and is touching coming from a father who dealt with similar problems with a loved one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good look in to mental illness.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Great read and accurately written for those that struggle with mental illness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely stellar, I was utterly and totally enveloped with Caden and all of his problems. This truly brought to light what mental illness is actually like, and how you must dive in to the deep to soar higher then before.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book changed me.
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MissPrint More than 1 year ago
In a year when we have books like All These Bright Places with deeply damaging portrayals of mental illness, the literary world needed this honest portrayal of one boy's struggle with schizophrenia. (Although it has to be said that the inclusion of illustrations from Shusterman's own son felt a bit indulgent.) Sadly, because I have a heart of stone, this book left me deeply unaffected. It's one of those where I can tell it's Important but I also can't bring myself to Care on a personal level as a reader. I think Challenger Deep is a great book to recommend to readers; the way in which Shusterman weaves everything together clearly demonstrates his talents as an author. This book definitely and completely deserves the praise its been getting solely for what its done to get more people talking about mental health and mental illness. The one flaw here is having Caden's medications leave him numb. I don't know where to begin with the fact that in his author's note Shusterman says he experienced that effect himself when he accidentally took two pills. That's not how treatment with medication works. At all. Why would his reaction to the pills be at all indicative of how someone who actually needs the pills would react to them? No. Just no. Challenger Deep won the 2015 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. That says a lot about the level of skill in Shusterman's writing while handling a difficult topic and wrestling with some complicated material. The way in which this story weaves together Caden's reality with his hallucinations--seamlessly moving between moments of madness and clarity, as it were--is fascinating and intricate and handled very, very well. An interesting and important addition to the ongoing conversation about mental illness.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) “Count your blessings,” the captain says, “And if you count less than ten, cut off the remaining fingers.” This story was just plain weird, and while I figured out after a while that it was actually about mental illness, it was still pretty weird. “Where does this hallway go?” She looks at me with suspicion. “It doesn’t go anywhere, it stays right here.” Caden was a boy who had obviously got problems, the hallucinations that the was experiencing were so vivid that he actually believed that they were really happening to him, and his delusions about a boy at school who he had never spoken to wanting to kill him, did come across as a symptom of possible schizophrenia. “well, it’s just that… there’s this kid at school.” “Yes?” “Of course I can’t be sure…” “Yes?” “Well… I think he wants to kill me.” The storyline in this was split in two, half of the time we were following Caden as he lived on a ship (which was very strange), and the other half of the time we saw Caden at home with his family, and experienced the strange ideas he came out with, and his admission to a mental health care facility. This was all a bit confusing though, and after a while I started to get a bit sick of the repetativeness of the story. “Cartilage of cow,” he tells, “and spine of black beetle.” “Beetles have no spines,” I point out. “They’re invertebrates.” “Exactly. That’s why it’s so rare.” The ending to this was okay, and I appreciated what the author had tried to do with this story, I just struggled to really enjoy this though. 6 out of 10
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Karen at For What It's Worth and Mary at The Book Swarm occasionally post twitter-style reviews. Karen calls hers Short and Tweet, and I am going to borrow that review style here. Tweet Review: (okay, okay, it would really be two tweets, forgive me?) Intense dive into one young man's battle with mental illness. Through our unreliable narrator we journey on a vessel called Challenger, into the hospital and on his journey to decipher what is reality and what are delusions. Though I was a bit confused at times and skimmed a bit. My question to