Review: Challenger Deep

Challenger DeepChallenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

2.5/5 stars.

MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE BOOK:
I listened to this book via audiobook. The narrator was fantastic, I loved his dynamics; from pirate to parrot to sea monster beneath the gallows– it was great!

CHARACTERS/DYNAMICS:
Every character is super symbolic and I highly recommend this as a thoughtful high school reading!

PLOT:
Completely nonsensical. I can barely stand Alice in Wonderland, so imagine my disdain. But if you’re up for some nonsense magic vs. mental illness, then this might be suited for you!

STRUCTURE:
There are 161 freaking chapters in this book. They’re a little too short. It’s choppy and adds to my dislike of nonsensical fiction. But it served its purpose for the genre, granted.

THEMES:
God help me. I can’t fathom the symbols behind this book. This would be great as a book club read, to discuss who represented what. Overall, the main theme is mental illness vs magic.

THE ENDING:
Wishy washy, inconclusive. The tip of the iceberg when it comes to this novel.

IMPACT:
If I knew what this book’s metaphorical meaning was, I’m sure it’d impact me further. I’m going to have to ask around and research in order to discuss further about it’s relevance to the YA audience.

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