The Vanishing Deep
Bestselling author Astrid Scholte, returns with a thrilling adventure in which the dead can be revived...for a price.Seventeen-year-old Tempe was born into a world of water. When the Great Waves destroyed her planet, its people had to learn to survive living on the water, but the ruins of the cities below still called. Tempe dives daily, scavenging the ruins of a bygone era, searching for anything of value to trade for Notes. It isn't food or clothing that she wants to buy, but her dead sister's life. For a price, the research facility on the island of Palindromena will revive the dearly departed for twenty-four hours before returning them to death. It isn't a heartfelt reunion that Tempe is after; she wants answers. Elysea died keeping a terrible secret, one that has ignited an unquenchable fury in Tempe: Her beloved sister was responsible for the death of their parents. Tempe wants to know why.But once revived, Elysea has other plans. She doesn't want to spend her last day in a cold room accounting for a crime she insists she didn't commit. Elysea wants her freedom and one final glimpse at the life that was stolen from her. She persuades Tempe to break her out of the facility, and they embark on a dangerous journey to discover the truth about their parents' death and mend their broken bond. But they're pursued every step of the way by two Palindromena employees desperate to find them before Elysea's time is up--and before the secret behind the revival process and the true cost of restored life is revealed.

The Vanishing Deep Details

TitleThe Vanishing Deep
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 3rd, 2020
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139780525513957
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction

The Vanishing Deep Review

  • MischaS_
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, this is so strange. Four Dead Queens was everywhere months before the book was published. There was so much hype!And this just somehow sneaked into bookshops without anyone (or was it just me?) noticing.
  • Candace Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    What a unique and interesting world! I loved the whole world drowned by water concept! It had a tinge of Waterworld but a hundred times better!These characters! I especially loved Lor. He had so much guilt going on and he just needed some love! Elysea was seriously a wonderful side character! She was sweet, genuine, and unselfish! Tempe, you couldnt help but feel for her, especially after being alone for the past two years and struggling to survive!I swear, Scholte has the coolest worlds, best What a unique and interesting world! I loved the whole world drowned by water concept! It had a tinge of Waterworld but a hundred times better!These characters! I especially loved Lor. He had so much guilt going on and he just needed some love! Elysea was seriously a wonderful side character! She was sweet, genuine, and unselfish! Tempe, you couldn’t help but feel for her, especially after being alone for the past two years and struggling to survive!I swear, Scholte has the coolest worlds, best twists, and excellent writing! I can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve next!
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  • Astrid Scholte
    January 1, 1970
    Update 24th of March:Thank you for all your support during these trying times. If you're looking for a signed copy of The Vanishing Deep, please try:- Barnes and Noble Union Square, 5th Avenue and Fullerton. - Mysterious Galaxy - Books of Wonder - Half Price Books - The Tattered Cover I hope the book helps take you on a thrilling journey!Stay safe!Update 8th of February:Penguin Teen's preorder campaign is up! If you preorder before the 3/3/20, you can enter your receipt and recieve an exclusive Update 24th of March:Thank you for all your support during these trying times. If you're looking for a signed copy of The Vanishing Deep, please try:- Barnes and Noble Union Square, 5th Avenue and Fullerton. - Mysterious Galaxy - Books of Wonder - Half Price Books - The Tattered Cover I hope the book helps take you on a thrilling journey!Stay safe!Update 8th of February:Penguin Teen's preorder campaign is up! If you preorder before the 3/3/20, you can enter your receipt and recieve an exclusive waterproof phone pouch! (US only)Check out the details here. Update 15th of December:Pre-order campaign with Good Choice Reading is live! You can order a signed US hardcover and receive four character cards painted by me! More info here. The first spark of inspiration for The Vanishing Deep was back in 2015, before I wrote Four Dead Queens, when I was watching an episode of the Real Housewives of NYC and one of the housewives said she wished she could have just one more day with her late husband. The idea stuck in my mind. What if it was possible to have one more day with a deceased loved one?Fast forward to early 2017, when I sold my debut Four Dead Queens to Penguin Random House (USA) and my editor asked if I had any other book ideas. I suggested three and the one my editor picked became The Vanishing Deep!The main character, Tempest Alerin, is a tough, unapologetic girl who would never smile if you asked her to or sensor her thoughts. She's been scavenging the sunken ruins of the Old World for the past two years to fund the revival of her sister, Elysea. But Tempest doesn't want some kind of meaningful final goodbye with her sister, she wants the truth to their parents' deaths and the secret Elysea took to her grave about that fateful night. The Vanishing Deep is a story of sisterhood, love and loss, and the lengths we will go to for the people we care about. It's also a fantasy/sci fi thriller which takes place in a world that's 99% water where the ocean is as deadly as it is beautiful.I hope you enjoy the journey!
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  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    January 1, 1970
    The worldbuilding concept behind this book surely grabs attention: it's not often I see a book based in a sci-fi/futuristic fantasy watery world where sea levels have risen (it doesn't seem far-fetched to say it has real-world parallels) and the heroine is a diver. I wanted a quick, easily-read standalone and THE VANISHING DEEP delivered. It definitely reads and feels like a YA novel (obviously because it is a YA novel), with tight pacing that keeps the narrative flowing. It's not as developed The worldbuilding concept behind this book surely grabs attention: it's not often I see a book based in a sci-fi/futuristic fantasy watery world where sea levels have risen (it doesn't seem far-fetched to say it has real-world parallels) and the heroine is a diver. I wanted a quick, easily-read standalone and THE VANISHING DEEP delivered. It definitely reads and feels like a YA novel (obviously because it is a YA novel), with tight pacing that keeps the narrative flowing. It's not as developed as it could be (centrally in worldbuilding and characterisation), but it works well enough. I liked the cast of characters, and surprisingly I liked the ending, which I thought was rather unconventional - especially for a YA novel where a "happy ending" means romance. The ending was also rather open-ended and future events were open to interpretation. Thinking on it more, although THE VANISHING DEEP is good, I definitely think it had the potential to be excellent if more time was given to building characters and character relationships (Lor and Nessandra, for one), and if it leaned more heavily in the ethics of reviving people. It could probably go pretty deep, if it wanted to. You could also shove some nifty parables about global warming in there . . . but perhaps I'm getting away from myself here. Also kudos for the absolutely unexpected a-spec rep in Elysea; although specific terms are not used, I think the words "she didn't feel that way about him [...] and wouldn't feel that way about anyone" plus context is enough to confirm it. TL;DR: An easy-read YA novel that's sure to capture interest due to its unique watery setting whilst providing a fun few hours of reading.I was provided with a copy by the publishers in exchange for an honest review
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  • The Nerd Daily
    January 1, 1970
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Ellie KingTwenty-four hours with your loved one didnt make it any easier to say goodbye, no matter what Palindromena promised. There was no closure. There never would be.What would you do if you could spend 24 hours with a lost loved one? The Vanishing Deep by bestselling author, Astrid Scholte, asks that question and then takes the reader on a whirlwind adventure as we explore the possibilities. A standalone novel, it is the story of Tempest Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Ellie King“Twenty-four hours with your loved one didn’t make it any easier to say goodbye, no matter what Palindromena promised. There was no closure. There never would be.”What would you do if you could spend 24 hours with a lost loved one? The Vanishing Deep by bestselling author, Astrid Scholte, asks that question and then takes the reader on a whirlwind adventure as we explore the possibilities. A standalone novel, it is the story of Tempest Alerin. Tempest, or Tempe, is a seventeen-year-old girl living alone on a reef known as the Equinox. She spends her days diving the ocean dwelling wrecks of the old world looking for items to sell in an attempt to save enough money to allow her one last chance to speak to her sister Elysea who tragically died two years ago. On the island of Palindromena, there is a research facility that, for a hefty price, will grant you the chance to revive your loved one for 24 hours to allow you to say your final goodbyes. Tempe, however, has something else in mind. She isn’t looking for a family reunion, she wants answers that only Elysea can give her.The Vanishing Deep is set in a scarily prophetic world where society as we know it has been destroyed and consumed by the Great Waves. This has created a dystopian water world where the remaining population lives on islands or strongly regulated reefs. The population on the reefs are monitored closely as life is now a temperamental balancing act. They have to deal with weight limits, overpopulation, and the related health issues of living with so much salt in the air. Tempe and her sister Elysea grew up on Equinox reef with their parents until their tragic death in a boating accident. With no adult care, the girls were forced to dive the sunken wrecks of the old world in an attempt to find a source of income. After her sister’s death, Tempe is left alone to dive the seas in an attempt to survive, but also to search for the answers she desperately needs as Tempe’s sister died with a terrible secret and she needs to know the answer.The old world wrecks are the remnants of our current world as we know it and while Scholte doesn’t explain exactly how the Great Waves came to be, there is an overwhelming hint throughout the plot about the importance of sustainability and the need to care for our environment. The worldbuilding in this story is deep and effortless and the detailed description of the ocean, the wrecks and general life transports the reader into this water world. This is an ocean book like none other before it.After Tempe finds a lucrative treasure, she finally has enough notes to buy her sisters temporary revival. The research facility on the nearby island of Palindromena is one of marvel and mystery. This is a facility with the technology to revive your loved one for 24 hours for a high cost, three thousand notes to be exact. The Vanishing Deep is told from dual point of views, which follows Tempe but are also introduced to Lor, a hermitted “employee” of Palindromena. Lor is an unlikely main character and is drawn into the action somewhat by accident. Lor doesn’t believe in the value of the revival process the facility provides and he knows this because he has experienced it first hand. Filled with grief for the death of his friend and his memory of the revival process, Lor knows how devastating the experience can be. When Tempe arrives on Palindromena ready to interrogate her sister, their paths cross and the adventure begins.The two main characters are wonderfully crafted and compliment each other. Tempe is confident, fierce, and stubborn. She shares her feelings freely and is passionate about her beliefs. Lor on the other hand is the complete opposite. Shy, quiet, and hiding many secrets, Lor is the yin to Tempe’s yang. The addition of the secondary characters Elysea, Tempe’s sister, and Raylan, Lor’s only friend is used to balance the extreme personality traits of the main characters.This adventure takes the characters on a fast-paced chase running against the clock. The 24 hour countdown is a thrilling plot point that keeps the story moving and the characters on their toes. Through this race against the clock, we learn some very important things about the characters: their passions, loves, compassion, and moral compass. Each chapter begins with a countdown clock and this makes the book a race for the reader as well. This book is a total page turner. In true Astrid Scholte fashion, this book is also filled with perfectly timed, multi-layered plot twists that are as gut wrenching as they are clever. The only downside of having a countdown clock built into a story’s plot is that there is the pressure that events must end. The Vanishing Deep races to its conclusion and then ends somewhat abruptly and unexpectedly with a moderately happy ending.The Vanishing Deep is an emotional rollercoaster dealing with death, sacrifice, and love. The theme of love is multifaceted and explored in so many different ways. Scholte’s writing style is beautiful and the story flows easily, taking the reader along for the ride rather than being simply an observer. The environmental theme resonates subtly throughout and the entire premise has left me wondering if I had the opportunity to speak to a lost loved one, would I take it?
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  • Jackie ϟ Bookseller
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 3.5/5 starsRTC closer to publication (March 2019)I liked Four Dead Queens, so I'm pretty excited for this one!
  • CallMeAfterCoffee
    January 1, 1970
    I had a really fun time with this one! I chose it to try and read it in one day, and I did it! I had such a good time with it ☺. Our main characters are great, I love that while there was some angst, it wasn't over the top blown out of proportion drama. The story took some twists and turns and I thought the ending was great! I also loved the commentary on grief, a lot of this book centers around feeling grief and how it can cripple you and keep you from really enjoying life and it was so I had a really fun time with this one! I chose it to try and read it in one day, and I did it! I had such a good time with it ☺️. Our main characters are great, I love that while there was some angst, it wasn't over the top blown out of proportion drama. The story took some twists and turns and I thought the ending was great! I also loved the commentary on grief, a lot of this book centers around feeling grief and how it can cripple you and keep you from really enjoying life and it was so relateable if you've ever gone through something like losing a family member or someone extremely close to you..That being said, the reason for a four star instead of a five was that our two main perspectives had VERY similar voices. If the chapters didn't tell you there was a perspective change it would take a minute to figure out who was speaking, but overall it didn't pull me out of the story, just something I noticed..Definitely recommend!
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  • Sarah Glenn Marsh
    January 1, 1970
    Prepare to be swept away by this thrilling new story from Astrid! This book has it all: a countdown, adventure on the sea, cool creatures, and one of my favorite sister relationships I've ever read. I LOVED it!
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I.... am genuinely at a loss to come up with a constructive review. I would ordinarily couch my criticisms in between some compliments but I cant do that here, mainly because I just dont have much to say that is positive. The concept has potential. The world in which The Vanishing Deep takes place is some kind of dystopia created when a giant continent of ice melted and caused the oceans to rise and cover the land. The people now live on loosely joined man-made floating cities that are located I.... am genuinely at a loss to come up with a constructive review. I would ordinarily couch my criticisms in between some compliments but I can’t do that here, mainly because I just don’t have much to say that is positive. The concept has potential. The world in which “The Vanishing Deep” takes place is some kind of dystopia created when a giant continent of ice melted and caused the oceans to rise and cover the land. The people now live on loosely joined man-made floating “cities” that are located near whatever land still exists. In this world there are few ways to make money, and on the island of Palindromena scientists have discovered a way to bring the dead back to life, but only for 24 hours. It costs an outrageous amount of money, and Tempest spends the two years following her sister’s death saving every note she can just to bring her sister, Elysea, back in the hopes she will learn what happened to their parents years before.And that’s it. That’s the premise. That’s where my (admittedly very weak) compliments end. Because the characters, aside from Tempest, were one-dimensional and had no real motivations. The book relies on the countdown clock to create tension, but it’s hard to stay engaged in a story with no real antagonist or motivation beyond a simple 24 hour timer. There’s a villain, but they’re not introduced until more than halfway through the 420 page book, and even then they don’t stand up to scrutiny. There’s one moment of “danger” and it passes almost instantly. The book relies on the end to satisfy the reader, but there’s no real conflict. I kept reading because I was hoping there would be a twist, even if it was predictable, and when it finally came, I was bored out of my mind.I feel terrible writing this review. I want so badly to have something positive to say. I also seem to be the only person who feels this way, so it’s entirely possible I am an outlier and most other people will find this book exciting, or at the very least, entertaining.
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  • Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
    January 1, 1970
    Hooboy *takes deep breath* This is not going to be pretty. Honestly, I should have just DNFed this book. The only reason I didn't is because the world was intriguing and in the beginning I was really interested. But sadly, the farther I read, the worse it got.I'll start with the positive: The concept was FANTASTIC. In the beginning, I was so onboard! It felt so much like Waterworld, which I love. The idea of a post-apocalyptic world of water is amazing! However, that was where the enjoyment Hooboy *takes deep breath* This is not going to be pretty. Honestly, I should have just DNFed this book. The only reason I didn't is because the world was intriguing and in the beginning I was really interested. But sadly, the farther I read, the worse it got.I'll start with the positive: The concept was FANTASTIC. In the beginning, I was so onboard! It felt so much like Waterworld, which I love. The idea of a post-apocalyptic world of water is amazing! However, that was where the enjoyment ends. The world building was shoddy. There's no nice way to put it. I still don't even know if this was supposed to be a high fantasy or a sci-fi dystopia. It seemed like a futuristic, post-apocalyptic world - basically, the government used technology to melt the ice caps that were encasing a large portion of land because overpopulation was an issue and they needed more space. But they screwed up and melted too much, raising the sea level too high and burying all the land under water. Okay...far-fetched, but okay. I can roll with that. But it's never mentioned if it's actually Earth or not, even though everything seems to go by Earth's rules and there's nothing other-worldly about it to make it a High Fantasy world.Then we have Palindromena, a high-tech island facility that brings loved ones back for 24 hours for an exorbitant price. Also a cool concept, but I don't think the post-apocalyptic water world and the high tech facility really fit together. If they have access to that kind of technology, why is the rest of the world living in the dark ages? It seemed far-fetched to me (I know I keep using that word but it describes the whole book, sorry). Anyway, let's suspend belief that this facility would exist in a world without land that otherwise lacks any technology. The way the tethering process works is also a reach. (view spoiler)[There's a bracelet, called an echolink, that connects a Warden (someone in charge of the revival process) to the dead patient that's being revived via their heartbeat. So the revived patient shares a heartbeat with the Warden for 24 hours, but they can't survive sharing for a second longer than that, so one of them has to be terminated. Okaaaayy. (hide spoiler)] I mean, the concept was cool. If you could have closure - the chance to say goodbye and see your loved ones one last time - would you? Interesting.In addition to the terrible world building, this book also lacked any logic whatsoever. There were SO many things that were completely nonsensical, and the more I read the more they bugged the shit out of me.First - There was a disease called Crystal Lung, which was a byproduct of living on the salt water. Salt coated everything (this part did make sense and was brilliantly done - people had to flip their cups upside down to avoid them getting coated in a layer of salt, which does happen when you live close/on the ocean), and people would literally get a disease from breathing in the salt water so much that it formed crystals in your lungs. Um, what?? People who live on the ocean in real life never have that problem. If this book had been about a different species, it would have been fine. But the subjects are human. According to The Lung Institute, breathing in ocean air actually improves lung function and reduces coughing.Second - It was repeated multiple times that the Sunrise, the vessel the girls owned, only held 3 people. Any more, and it would sink. When I say repeated, it was beaten into your head and used as an excuse any time it would have made more sense for an extra person to join the group. This is not how boats work. A boat would have to be incredibly tiny to sink if a 4th person boarded. According to the Coast Guard, the general formula for maximum occupancy is L x W of the boat divided by 15. Now, for only 3 people, L x W would have to be 45. Assuming the boat is about 5 feet across, that makes it only 9 feet long. However, the way the boat is described makes it sound much larger than that. It even has a cabin below deck. This lack of logic bugged the ever loving shit out of me!! (view spoiler)[The parents had to leave the girls behind because the boat couldn't fit four people. Then, when the girls found their parents alive, they couldn't all leave together - again, because the boat was too small. (hide spoiler)]It was more like an excuse and a plot device than actual logic. Just because you have a pseudo-fantasy world (that feels more like futuristic Earth than any made up planet) doesn't mean you get to break the laws of physics.The whole plot was frankly frustrating. There was a countdown to create tension, but no real action or conflict. Or any kind of real stakes or danger.(view spoiler)[The whole reunion with the girls' parents, along with their parents' explanation as to why they left without the girls and let them think they were dead had me rolling my eyes. Why would they leave the girls behind, knowing the corporation wanted to kill them and that the girls would possibly be in danger as well? Nothing about any of it made any sense whatsoever.I also predicted that Lor would give his life for Elysea as soon as it was revealed that the echolink was actually a tether between them, and only one of them (not necessarily the revived) had to die for the other to survive. SUPER predictable. However, I will say that I did not predict that Lor was actually revived himself, and that he'd actually taken his best friend's place. But I was too frustrated by that point to appreciate the brilliance of the twist.It also really pissed me off that they were going to revive Lor - again - after he took Elysea's place. I'm glad it didn't happen, because it would have cheapened Lor's sacrifice, but the fact that it was even possible was rage inducing. It's stated multiple times that someone CAN'T be revived twice and that it's just not possible. (Something about their heart not being able to take it, blah blah blah.) Yet when Lor dies suddenly we get some bullshit reason that it actually WOULD be possible, if he had a stronger heart. (hide spoiler)] No, no, NO. There's nothing that pisses me off more than when a book breaks its own rules. Don't make the rules in the first place if you're going to change them later on down the road when it's convenient.There was talk throughout the beginning of how dangerous the Untied Sea was to sail through, because the Remoran (aka pirates) dwelled there. When they said they were sailing into the Untied Sea, I got excited - pirates! Swashbuckling! Danger!! However, I was seriously disappointed. There was only one tiny blip and wham bam done they were out of the Untied Sea and I was left thinking, That's it?? (view spoiler)[The Remoran found them, and here's the vicious captain of a group of (rumored) cannibalistic pirates - who has awesome blue hair and teeth literally filed to points - and all they did was talk about stealing their boat's power and leaving them to float stranded out on the ocean. Until Lor conveniently escapes his bonds, hops over to the other ship, and sends it off without a wheel. And it was over. LAME. The Remoran do appear again at the very end, but it was also a brief interaction. (hide spoiler)]In addition the all of that frustration, I also didn't like any of the characters and couldn't connect to them at all, so I felt absolutely nothing while reading. They didn't have any real depth to them, and despite the two main girls' motivation being love, I couldn't find anything worth rooting for in them. In fact, I outright hated Tempest. Literally her only personality trait was being angry and standoffish and overall a horrible person to anyone except her sister (who she was also horrible to sometime). At one point Lor even said "she was angry - but then again, Tempest's default setting was angry." Yeah, because that's her entire personality, bro. Even when her sister was revived she was still angry and horrible.The farther I went and the more I thought about it, the more frustrated this story made me. I seriously should have just DNFed this when I realized I was no longer enjoying it. But because of the strong start, I held out hope that it would get better. Spoiler alert: It didn't. This review was originally posted on Novel Heartbeat. To see a breakdown of my assessment, please visit the full review here.
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  • Danielle (always_read_the_end_first)
    January 1, 1970
    "My mother used to say that change happened. For everyone. People changed, people could enact change. But that was bullshit. Change happened to you. Life, and death, they happened to you. And there was nothing you could do about it. You either held on for the ride or got swept away in the storm. " - Astrid Scholte4.5 STARSSIDENOTE to the publisher and author: PLEASE give this book a map to match this wonderful world building! sort of like Pangea or Atlantis feel! Four Dead Queens had really "My mother used to say that change happened. For everyone. People changed, people could enact change. But that was bullshit. Change happened to you. Life, and death, they happened to you. And there was nothing you could do about it. You either held on for the ride or got swept away in the storm. " - Astrid Scholte4.5 STARSSIDENOTE to the publisher and author: PLEASE give this book a map to match this wonderful world building! sort of like Pangea or Atlantis feel! Four Dead Queens had really great artwork and I expect the same for this book!I really enjoyed this book and it will give you all the feels! family, friendship, and love. The ending was unexpected and felt a little rush but it was better then I expected. Someone obviously has to die! I thought it would end up a happy ending and Astrid Scholte DID NOT disappoint. If you loved Four Dead Queens, I definitely recommend this stand-alone for 2020!
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  • Diana
    January 1, 1970
    Vid review will be available 12 march 2020 here https://youtu.be/sIch5k5a02M
  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    WOW!!! Beautifully written and just simply amazing. Dear Booklovers: 👇Add this book to your TBR Preorder this book.Purchase this book.You are WELCOME 😉🧡🌷 WOW!!! Beautifully written and just simply amazing. Dear Booklovers: 👇🏼Add this book to your TBR Preorder this book.Purchase this book.You are WELCOME 😉🧡🌷
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  • Toya
    January 1, 1970
    Ill be honest, when I read the premise for this one and saw the cover, I couldnt get my hands on this one fast enough. Luckily, I was able to win this one on BookishFirst.Tempest has spent the last two years diving for anything that she can sell for notes. With enough money, Tempest can go to a research facility called Palindromena, which specializes in resurrecting the dead for 24 hours. Tempest plans to resurrect her sister Elysea in order to finally get her sister to confess to the the death I’ll be honest, when I read the premise for this one and saw the cover, I couldn’t get my hands on this one fast enough. Luckily, I was able to win this one on BookishFirst.Tempest has spent the last two years diving for anything that she can sell for notes. With enough money, Tempest can go to a research facility called Palindromena, which specializes in resurrecting the dead for 24 hours. Tempest plans to resurrect her sister Elysea in order to finally get her sister to confess to the the death of their parents.Everything about the resurrection process is wrong. The warden who resurrects Elysea is not exactly who he says he is. Tempest is supposed to convince Elysea that she’s been in a medically induced coma, but of course, Elysea quickly catches on to her untimely surmise. Elysea knows how to get answers surrounding their parents, but it entails the two of them breaking her out of the facility and embarking on a dangerous mission.I admired the depths of sisterhood between Tempest and Elysea. Even though so much pain exists between them, neither one is willing to give up on the other. We alternate POVs between Tempest and Lor (the lying Warden), but I would’ve much preferred alternating POVs between Tempest and Elysea. I am also still on the fence with Lor, but I will let you decide that for yourselves.I am also still very confused about how the whole magic behind the resurrection happens. The research facility developed this technology to resurrect someone for 24 hours without any memory of harm or showing any signs of injury, and their lives are tied to that of the Warden who resurrects them. The big picture behind this sort of makes sense, but the rules behind this magic system are never properly explained or flushed out.I would also classify this book as a book that definitely feels very YA. Since the crux of this story deals with death and resurrection, I was expecting something much darker akin to blood magic, but I felt that this story just skimmed the surface. The author could’ve taken the opportunity to delve into something much darker and complex, but I felt that she was a bit safe in that regard.Thank you to BookishFirst and Penguin Teen for my giveaway win. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Celia McMahon
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for a chance to review this book. First off, kudos to the author for creating a unique setting for THE VANISHING DEEP. I was swept away (pun intended) from the first chapter. It was Astrid's way of giving us these deep, realistic characters that drew me in. She has a way of writing protagonists with such emotion, and I loved that. The world was incredibly different than anything I've ever read. Tempest lives on one of the few reefs that survived after an Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for a chance to review this book. First off, kudos to the author for creating a unique setting for THE VANISHING DEEP. I was swept away (pun intended) from the first chapter. It was Astrid's way of giving us these deep, realistic characters that drew me in. She has a way of writing protagonists with such emotion, and I loved that. The world was incredibly different than anything I've ever read. Tempest lives on one of the few reefs that survived after an ice cap melted and flooded the world. They live off of fishing and foraging the world before with diving expeditions. The life the author gave to this scenario was impeccable from the way they dressed to the small things like how people earn their keep. It was because of all this that the idea of having a place that brings pretty much brings the dead back to life for 24 hours seems very fa fetched. One one side we have these simple people trying to survive after a world catastrophe and then we have an institute where technology is so advanced, I just couldn't wrap my head around it. I loved the idea that Tempest revived her sister so she could find out the real cause of their parent's death and how they had to escape the institute to uncover the secrets that ultimately lead them to a bigger conspiracy. Believe me, and I loved all that. But there were some things that had me scratching my head that I never got answers to, and it felt as though I was being glossed over because there was no explanation, and they all hoped us readers wouldn't notice. All in all, solid ideas, too many unanswered questions, and mild confusion.
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  • Taschima
    January 1, 1970
    "Was it easier for death to strike you down without warning? Or was it better to know when death would strike, so you could use your last hours, months, years, to be with the people you cared about?"I'll take death without warning, thank you very much.One thing I will give Astrid Scholte, she is a really good story teller. The Vanishing Deep reminded me of The Bone Houses; not because of the story itself, but because of how readable it is. You go from page to page without noticing the time "Was it easier for death to strike you down without warning? Or was it better to know when death would strike, so you could use your last hours, months, years, to be with the people you cared about?"I'll take death without warning, thank you very much.One thing I will give Astrid Scholte, she is a really good story teller. The Vanishing Deep reminded me of The Bone Houses; not because of the story itself, but because of how readable it is. You go from page to page without noticing the time passing by, unlike our characters who notice every single second that ticks down. It is exciting reading a story that centers around a count down, specially if you are emotionally invested (which I totally was!)."You have to hold on to every moment. Breathe every breath. For you never know when it will be your last."I also appreciated that what very little romance there was in the book wasn't forced or rushed. It suited the story, specially the thought that each character was in a different head space when it came to the other--he was really into her, she had a passing attraction but was more focused on her sister and solving the overall mystery of her missing parents. Kudos!! Also, if I read correctly (which, please correct me if I am wrong) but there is some asexual representation as well!There is tons of adventure, and an unexpected ending. While I could guess some of the secrets a mile away, the ending itself took me by surprised cause it wasn't a pretty bow tied just so. It is bitter sweet, which is kind of one of my favorite ways to end stand alones?I enjoyed this book so much I am going back for seconds... which by that I mean I am picking up Four Dead Queens as soon as my wallet allows.PS; I am not a fan of the cover--it doesn't really represent the story that well? It looks like every other cover with a pretty girl's face. Pretty, but eh.
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  • Chloe
    January 1, 1970
    *Spoiler free*I enjoyed Four Dead Queens and I've been looking forward to seeing what her other books could hold. And I knew it was going to be an ocean book and despite my dislike of the beach, I always feel drawn to ocean books. Plus, it's a sister book. A sister book where one is trying to revive the other. And breakouts out of facilities while the employees chase them and it's filled with secrets. Trigger warnings: death, vomiting, griefI really loved this world. I'm finding that ocean *Spoiler free*I enjoyed Four Dead Queens and I've been looking forward to seeing what her other books could hold. And I knew it was going to be an ocean book and despite my dislike of the beach, I always feel drawn to ocean books. Plus, it's a sister book. A sister book where one is trying to revive the other. And breakouts out of facilities while the employees chase them and it's filled with secrets. Trigger warnings: death, vomiting, griefI really loved this world. I'm finding that ocean worlds are kind of hit or miss for me, and I found this one fascinating. I feel like it took a really realistic stance on how this world came to be and it considered the nuances of this world really well. Like weight limits. Only so many people can be apart of the certain floating communities to keep them from sinking. Plus, I loved Tempest diving through the depths and going through the ruins of the old world. And there's so much salt that it crusts people's eyes shut when they sleep and there's a disease called crystal lung because of all the salt in the air. The communities are so are oceany and I loved how they lived in their world.Though, I felt like some of it could have been explored more. It felt like there were aspects that I were expecting to be darker and I felt like had more potential. The plot twists relating to world aspects didn't really shock me. But, I think this is because there were other things going on. There was a lot of aspects that had a lot to them, so they all didn't have room to fully breath.I really liked Tempest. She's a fantastic water witch (not really, but that's a nickname haha). She's fierce and she's stubborn and she's dealing with so much. I wasn't expecting to like Elysea so much, but I did. I loved how she and Tempest interacted I loved their relationship. Raylan was more of a minor character, but I still thought he was cool! Lor was interesting. I still don't quite know how I feel about him. I like him, but I'm not sure how I feel about his actions. I feel like his emotional plotline could have been fleshed out more. His feelings were confusing, in a realistic way, but I would have liked to see him try and figure things out more. And it was different where his character went and I would have liked the ending to be longer, but I think I liked it. There was also an aro character!This book is really emotional. It deals with the loss of loved ones. And being able to to see them again for twenty-four hours. I feel like those feelings could have been focused on more, but that's just me!I'm usually not a huge fan of books that take place over such a short period of time. But I felt like this one does it really, really well! It's packed full of emotions and worldbuilding and character development. So much happens, but it doesn't feel rushed. It's done really well.I felt like some of the twists could have been done a bit better. They didn't seem as shocking as I thought and I guess I was expecting something more sometimes. But, the last one was pretty awesome. I definitely wasn't expecting it!Astrid Scholte is such an amazing writer. The writing was beautiful, the world was so expansive and I was so intrigued with all of it. And I loved Tempested and I enjoyed seeing her navigate everything. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what Scholte writes next!
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  • Vee_Bookish
    January 1, 1970
    This book has gone from being barely on my radar to being on every social media page I visitFuck it let's do it
  • Sabrina Ricci
    January 1, 1970
    I could not put this book down. Astrid Scholte's writing is so captivating, and I loved the premise of this story, and all its twists (and there are many, many wonderful twists)!There's more to every character than meets the eye, and Tempest is such a compelling, strong character, who has a deep, complex connection with her sister. Reading this reminded me that I should call my sister more often!I also really liked reading the story from two different perspectives: Tempest's and Lor's, and I could not put this book down. Astrid Scholte's writing is so captivating, and I loved the premise of this story, and all its twists (and there are many, many wonderful twists)!There's more to every character than meets the eye, and Tempest is such a compelling, strong character, who has a deep, complex connection with her sister. Reading this reminded me that I should call my sister more often!I also really liked reading the story from two different perspectives: Tempest's and Lor's, and seeing how differently things that were said or done could be interpreted.I don't want to reveal too much here, but suffice it to say, this is a must read, especially if you liked Astrid's debut novel, Four Dead Queens.*I received an ARC
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  • Sophie_The_Jedi_Knight
    January 1, 1970
    9/3/19:Oh YES!I really liked Four Dead Queens. I have an ARC but I also bought the Barnes and Noble exclusive hardcover when it came out because I wanted to be an official FDQ superfan. I'm so excited to follow Scholte through her writing career.Also, this synopsis sounds AMAZING. Is this the final cover? I actually kinda like it.Crossing my fingers for an ARC. Wish me luck...
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  • Jenny (Bookbookowl)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you so much to Allen & Unwin for providing me with a copy of The Vanishing Deep in exchange for an honest review! The Vanishing Deep was such a unique story! Set in a world almost entirely covered by water, where a special institute can revive those who have drowned, for exactly 24 hours, for a price. Usually paid by family members wanting a second chance to say goodbye to their loved ones, Tempe wants to revive her sister but for a different reason. After being told her sister was Thank you so much to Allen & Unwin for providing me with a copy of The Vanishing Deep in exchange for an honest review! The Vanishing Deep was such a unique story! Set in a world almost entirely covered by water, where a special institute can revive those who have drowned, for exactly 24 hours, for a price. Usually paid by family members wanting a second chance to say goodbye to their loved ones, Tempe wants to revive her sister – but for a different reason. After being told her sister was responsible for her parents death, she wants to confront her to find out the truth of what happened that fateful day.When her sister, Elysea, convinces Tempe to help her escape, they’re pursued by the warden who was supposed to supervise Elysea’s revival, and the employee that did him a favour and filled in for his job. They desperately need to return Elysea to the centre, before she discovers the truth about how the revival’s work.A brilliant sci-fi / fantasy story, that incorporates a mystery and pursuit, The Vanishing Deep is fast paced, with some genuinely great twists. I loved the world building and the characters equally. Told in dual points of view from Tempe and Lor, it managed to give enough background information on the different way of life for Tempe, living off the water, and Lor, living at the research facility, without bogging the story down with an information overload. Tempe is strong and determined, but finding it hard to come to terms with the love and anger waring inside her, over her sister’s actions. Lor was also a brilliant, three dimensional character who never expected to be put in the position he found himself in.The Vanishing Deep was just an all round interesting and enjoyable read I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend!
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    Actual Rating: 4.5 StarsOMG I loved this book. It was really fast paced and so hard to put down, and I was so interested in finding out whatever happened next. I really liked the dual POV and getting to know the characters. There were definitely things that I didn't expect to happen, but it only made the story that much better. That being said, there was a little issue I had with something that happened towards the end (no spoilers, but I felt that it wasn't very well developed) but it wasn't Actual Rating: 4.5 StarsOMG I loved this book. It was really fast paced and so hard to put down, and I was so interested in finding out whatever happened next. I really liked the dual POV and getting to know the characters. There were definitely things that I didn't expect to happen, but it only made the story that much better. That being said, there was a little issue I had with something that happened towards the end (no spoilers, but I felt that it wasn't very well developed) but it wasn't enough to really affect my overall feelings towards this book! I definitely recommend this book!
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  • Elizabeth Mellen
    January 1, 1970
    This was a really interesting premise and kept me reading.I didnt feel super connected to any of the characters, though, so it didnt hit me emotionally the way I might have expected or wanted some of the scenes to. It had some instalove-y vibes, not quite love, maybe, but still. This could totally be a me problem, though. I really liked the idea of the world/technology and kind of wanted more of that, even though its a secret. I thought that it was new and different, not the same premises of This was a really interesting premise and kept me reading.I didn’t feel super connected to any of the characters, though, so it didn’t hit me emotionally the way I might have expected or wanted some of the scenes to. It had some instalove-y vibes, not quite love, maybe, but still. This could totally be a me problem, though. I really liked the idea of the world/technology and kind of wanted more of that, even though it’s a secret. I thought that it was new and different, not the same premises of every YA dystopian/science fiction. I liked this author’s previous release, Four Dead Queens, and this one definitely locked in for me that she’s an author worth picking up whenever she releases something new.
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  • Elizabeth Aguilar
    January 1, 1970
    A solid, fun read. But it does require you suspend your disbelief quite a bit.
  • Elyse
    January 1, 1970
    Won Paperback ARC from BookishFirst.com!I also won Scholte's first book, Four Dead Queens, from BookishFirst.com! I enjoyed that one and also enjoyed this one! Scholte is quickly cementing herself into the fantasy genre. This book was very unique. It gave me Waterworld and The Little Mermaid vibes. I thought the technology she created where someone can bring back a dead person for 24 hours was really interesting. The world-building was so cool! I could easily visualize the depths Tempe scavenged Won Paperback ARC from BookishFirst.com!I also won Scholte's first book, Four Dead Queens, from BookishFirst.com! I enjoyed that one and also enjoyed this one! Scholte is quickly cementing herself into the fantasy genre. This book was very unique. It gave me Waterworld and The Little Mermaid vibes. I thought the technology she created where someone can bring back a dead person for 24 hours was really interesting. The world-building was so cool! I could easily visualize the depths Tempe scavenged in, the metal floating islands created to sustain people, and the terrifying, mysterious island of Palindromena where the dead come back to life. I did not know how to pronounce Elysea's name and I'm not a fan of that. Because my brain stumbles over it at every mention. But I really liked this book and I look forward toe Scholte's next one! Keep 'em coming!
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    This YA Post-Apocalyptic Thriller was AMAZING!!! I couldnt put it down!!! It takes place in a world of almost all water. The old world is under the ocean. The world building in this book is so well done, I could picture everything so clearly in my mind. Tempe (or Tempest) is my FAVORITE character, and she is just sooo much!!! There is so much depth to this 17 (almost 18) year old. She was fearless and determined, but she also had faults and so much anger. She and her sister, Elysea, lost their This YA Post-Apocalyptic Thriller was AMAZING!!! I couldn’t put it down!!! It takes place in a world of almost all water. The old world is under the ocean. The world building in this book is so well done, I could picture everything so clearly in my mind. Tempe (or Tempest) is my FAVORITE character, and she is just sooo much!!! There is so much depth to this 17 (almost 18) year old. She was fearless and determined, but she also had faults and so much anger. She and her sister, Elysea, lost their parents at a young age and then 3 years later Tempe lost Elysea. But she works at diving for notes (or money) for 2 years, so that she can go to Palindromena where the dead could be revived for a price. But only for 24 hrs. This is where she meets Lor. Lor is a favorite character for me too. He has been hiding from the world for two years because he feels at fault for his best friend’s death. He is a complicated character, like Tempe, and he is so kind and caring.The adventure, along with many dangers, that they end up on is life-changing. This is definitely a favorite read for 2020!! I won it on Bookish First and I’m so glad I did. You definitely need to read this book!!! Five glowing coral stars!!
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    First and foremost, I would like to thank PenguinTeen for sending me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review and promotion. This in no way impacts my review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.Astrid Scholte is a new auto buy author for me. I loved Four Dead Queens and I just knew that The Vanishing Deep was going to be just as good if her writing style carried over.This book explores a dystopian world like I have not read before. This being a stand-alone makes me sad because I would First and foremost, I would like to thank PenguinTeen for sending me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review and promotion. This in no way impacts my review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.Astrid Scholte is a new auto buy author for me. I loved Four Dead Queens and I just knew that The Vanishing Deep was going to be just as good if her writing style carried over.This book explores a dystopian world like I have not read before. This being a stand-alone makes me sad because I would love to know more! Tempe has lost her sister but there’s a way to bring her back for 24 hours so she can find out the truth about her sisters biggest secret. I love that this YA fantasy is so focused on the sibling relationship rather than a love story, though I will say that Astrid has a way to break your heart in the best way. I would recommend this book for anyone 13 and older! I also really appreciate the author for normalizing asexuality as I never see that represented in books for teens!TVD arrives on 3/3 and there’s an awesome preorder incentive going on for it as well!
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    "For the first time in my life, I Whispered words of prayer to the Gods below, not knowing if they existed, listened or cared. But wasn't that how everyone prayed? With faith that they weren't alone and no evidence to prove it?"The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte is a riveting YA Sci fi with concepts that can seem outrageous at times. Death, more death, and then deader than dead. (Cue terrifying Dracula music). Plot:Tempest wants to bring her sister back to life. She needs to know what happened "For the first time in my life, I Whispered words of prayer to the Gods below, not knowing if they existed, listened or cared. But wasn't that how everyone prayed? With faith that they weren't alone and no evidence to prove it?"The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte is a riveting YA Sci fi with concepts that can seem outrageous at times. Death, more death, and then deader than dead. (Cue terrifying Dracula music). Plot:Tempest wants to bring her sister back to life. She needs to know what happened to their parents all those years ago and she will do anything to hear from the lips of her sister, even if that sister is dead. Lor, has been hiding out in a facility for 2 years after an accident took the life of his best friend.Their fates collide one night when they least expect it to leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.I really enjoyed the many twists and turns in this. There were a few plot points that I saw coming but there were a couple that really took me by surprise. I think that's why I continued to read it. Those surprising acts by the characters kept me riveted to my seat. I also, enjoyed the fact that there was a morally gray character in this book. I felt conflicted by them and it was perfect, because they were doing their job as a character.There were a few things that I did not care for in this one. I felt like the characters fell flat. Especially, Tempest's story and characteristics. She didn't seem to develop as a character. I typically like growth in my characters but she may have been the flat-est character. I also had a ton of questions pertaining to the 2nd " unquote" bad characters. Like what happens to them and why are there so many unanswered questions? I really think that this book had a ton of potential but needed a little bit more work. I did however enjoy it. It explores complex ideas that a lot of people don't like to think about and had me trying to put that characters shoes on to see where they were coming from. It was crazy. If a book can make you think about death in such a way it probably was a good book
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  • Kylie
    January 1, 1970
    Grief is the hardest on those left behind. The Earth has been overtaken by the sea. Water is now a large majority of the earth, and there are very few landmasses. Tempest Alerin, also known as Tempe, is an orphan. Her parents mysteriously disappeared and her sister drowned. Tempe lives on the Equinox, one of many floating cities. Equinox citizens are required to pay taxes to Palindromena, a corporation who is known for reviving the dead for 24 hours. Tempe makes a shocking discovery of a plant “Grief is the hardest on those left behind.” The Earth has been overtaken by the sea. Water is now a large majority of the earth, and there are very few landmasses. Tempest Alerin, also known as Tempe, is an orphan. Her parents mysteriously disappeared and her sister drowned. Tempe lives on the Equinox, one of many floating cities. Equinox citizens are required to pay taxes to Palindromena, a corporation who is known for reviving the dead for 24 hours. Tempe makes a shocking discovery of a plant growing underneath the water, and turns it in for money. She uses the money to revive her sister Elysea. While Elysea is revived, secrets are revealed and chaos ensues during Elysea’s 24-hour revival. Elysea and Tempe cause their revival warden Lor, and his friend Raylan, on a chase to find them and unearth secrets that have been long since buried. “This was her home - the only home she’d ever known - and I was taking her back only to leave again. And it wasn’t only me she had to leave. It was her entire life. Was it easier for death to strike you down without warning? Or was it better to know when death would strike, so you could use your last hours, months, years, to be with the people you cared about?” From the first page to the last, I was immediately enthralled with this story. It reminded me a bit of the movie Waterworld. Scholte has a way of being so descriptive and creating these elaborate, unpredictable story lines that completely consume all of your attention for the duration of the story. Four Dead Queens was the same, and The Vanishing Deep being her sophomore novel followed suite. Her descriptive writing led me to picture the whole story as if it were happening right in front of me. This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2020, and I am so happy to say that it did not disappoint and I absolutely loved it! “But I knew all too well that grief made you act out of character and in desperation. Grief was like a cloud; it muddied everything. It sank deep into your bones and weighed you down. And you’d do anything to lighten the load.”
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  • Joanna Bennett
    January 1, 1970
    book provided by publisher for review. All opinions are my own.As a fan of this authors first book, I was excited to see she had written another. Unfortunately I liked the idea for this one but the execution just wasnt there for me.Just like with her other book, this book is more plot driven. The characters end up flat and there is nothing really there for me to latch onto and be intrigued by them. Tempest is a bit selfish at times and I guess it is understandable since she is dealing with book provided by publisher for review. All opinions are my own.As a fan of this author’s first book, I was excited to see she had written another. Unfortunately I liked the idea for this one but the execution just wasn’t there for me.Just like with her other book, this book is more plot driven. The characters end up flat and there is nothing really there for me to latch onto and be intrigued by them. Tempest is a bit selfish at times and I guess it is understandable since she is dealing with reviving her sister. Death isn’t an easy subject after all. She really just lets her sister take the lead. Elysea didn’t give me anything besides coming back from the dead. I mean, if it wasn’t for her coming back there wouldn’t be a plot but at the same time she doesn’t do too much.As for the other characters, they don’t bring much to the table. There is one plot twist that involves one of the guys in this book but it wasn’t a surprising one. It felt obvious due to what we find out over the course of the book when it comes to the research facility.The reason I continued this book and rated it a bit higher was because of how unique the setting and plot is. I haven’t read a book like this before even if the world felt a bit underdeveloped. I would have liked more information as to what caused the great wave and how people managed to survive after it. Where they live isn’t described either so it was hard imagining it all. I like to have a clear picture while reading.The ending also felt rushed with one extra plot point added in at the end.Overall, it was a decent book. It was unique but at the same time lacked in various ways.
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