Challenger Deep

Neal Schusterman

Walker Books

August 2020

$18.99 AU

336p pb

ISBN: 978-1406396119

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Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman is a mysterious and unique novel which explores the challenges of adolescence and the power of imagination. The novel is told from the perspective of Caden Bosch, a teenager torn between two worlds struggling to belong and find balance in his life. As the plot progresses, we see that both his real and fictional life begin to crumble as he struggles to find his purpose. The novel focuses on topics such as imagination and identity, emphasising the idea that our imagination develops our identity. 

Elements of the novel which I liked included the authorís portrayal of two stories showing different sides of Cadenís identity. I found this element of the novel both original and mysterious, leaving me wondering about the truth and fiction between both sides of Cadenís life. Additionally, as both stories progress, it creates suspense as more is slowly revealed in both plotlines.

The use of language in the novel is fairly simple, however, the plot is slightly challenging to follow. For these reasons, I would recommend this novel to adolescents with the story specifically targeted at teenage audiences.

Ally, Year 10

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