Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

There’s honestly no way I can summarize this book and everything that it’s about. This was such a mind fuck in one of the most realistic ways possible. I cannot recommend this book enough. The way Caden struggles with what the demons in his mind say are real was terrifying and amazing.

There were times in this book that Caden’s life on the ship felt more real than his everyday life. There were times I could relate to the need to walk for hours to nowhere, in fact I’ve been doing that for about 2 weeks at this point. And the incessant need to do something, but not knowing what that thing is.

I enjoyed all of the other characters in this book. It was so hard to trust the other people on the ship, but I also loved hearing their stories. I really liked that Caden had a good role model in Carlyle. I also loved that Shusterman never treated mental illness like something to be “cured”. Therapy and medication can give us tools to live with mental illness, but it’s constantly an uphill struggle. And Shusterman never degrades this conflict inside Caden’s head nor does he make this journey seem like smooth sailing.

All in all, I don’t have the worlds to accurately describe the feelings and thoughts I had while reading this. But regardless, READ IT!

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