Thursday, November 12, 2015
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
This book has been short-listed for the National Book Award. I am a huge fan of Shusterman however I struggled with this book. It is very good and undoubtedly an accurate portrayal of schizophrenia since Shusterman's son is the co-author and inspiration for the book. It is this very accuracy that made it so difficult for me to read, particular the chapters on the Challenger Deep which are extremely difficult to decipher. As the book progressed I began to see the real life events reflected on the ship which might've actually made it more difficult for me because then I was trying to reconcile the two worlds. Considering how difficult it was for me to make sense of things while reading, I can only imagine how difficult it is to actually be living that life. Which is probably the point of the book and what makes it an important, excellent story.