Challenger Deep

Challenger Deep

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015 | Unabridged
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A National Book Award Longlist TitleA 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."
Publisher: New York : HarperAudio, 2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780062368041
Call Number: OverDrive Audiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: Curran-Dorsano, Michael
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IndyPL_SteveB Sep 13, 2019

A brilliant novel about teenage mental illness -- 2015 National Book Award Winner, Young People's Literature

Shusterman is one of the top young adult writers in America, but this might be his best.

Caden Bosch is a crew member with a strange captain on an ocean voyage to the Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench. Caden Bosch is a high school student gradually losing his connection to reality. Caden Bosch is a teenager dealing with mental illness in a mental institution. Shusterman winds these three versions of Caden’s reality into a story that allows us to see his personal journey through schizophrenia from the inside. The author does not give the reader explanations so the book is strange at first, even disturbing, as we as readers also wrestle with determining what is real, what is fantasy, and what is meaningful. The disturbing parts are balanced with adventure, humor, and occasional moments where Caden becomes aware of what is really happening to him. The fantasy plot of the ocean voyage, with battles against sea monsters, a talking parrot mutineer, and a living ship’s figurehead provides the adventure but also helps us see Caden’s inner life.

This book was suggested by the experiences of the author’s son dealing with mental illness, although the author emphasizes that the particulars of the novel are fiction. Deeply moving and impressive. Especially impressive audio reading by Michael Curran-Dorsano.

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