"I love this book because it’s incredibly and beautifully written. It tells the story of a young man who is starting to experience a mental health disorder and how his perception of reality changes as he learns how to navigate this new facet of his life that is completely out of his control. It opens a dialogue with the reader about what mental illness is, and gives us a way to understand a little better what so many people go through. 1 in 17 adults in America lives with serious mental illness, but so many times we disregard the sickness that we can’t see. Understanding more about these invisible diseases can make us more supportive and caring individuals. I really appreciate Neal Shusterman and his son Brandon, who created the illustrations for the novel, for their dedication in sharing this soul-striking narrative."— Tomoko
"As Caden's unmoored reality wildly interweaves and collides with delusion, Shusterman's fascinating novel dives into the chaotic world of schizophrenia with empathy, humor, and heart."— Meghan
National Book Award * Golden Kite Award Winner * Six Starred Reviews
A 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."
Neal Shusterman is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author over thirty books, including Challenger Deep, which won the National Book Award; Scythe, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book; Dry, which he co-wrote with his son, Jarrod Shusterman; Unwind, which won more than thirty domestic and international awards; Bruiser, which was on a dozen state lists; The Schwa Was Here, winner of the Boston Globe Horn Book Award. His latest book, Game Changer, debuted as an indie top-five best seller. You can visit him online at www.storyman.com.