Book Talk : The Deep by Rivers Solomon

  • Title :  The Deep 
  • Author : Rivers Solomon with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes
  • Genre :  Fantasy , Science Fiction
  • Pages :  176 
  • Own/Borrowed/ARC :  eARC provided through NetGalley
  • Expected publication : November 5, 2019
  • GoodReads Link /Synopsis :

Yetu holds the memories for her people—water-dwelling descendants of pregnant African slave women thrown overboard by slave owners—who live idyllic lives in the deep. Their past, too traumatic to be remembered regularly, is forgotten by everyone, save one—the historian. This demanding role has been bestowed on Yetu.

Yetu remembers for everyone, and the memories, painful and wonderful, traumatic and terrible and miraculous, are destroying her. And so, she flees to the surface, escaping the memories, the expectations, and the responsibilities—and discovers a world her people left behind long ago.

Yetu will learn more than she ever expected to about her own past—and about the future of her people. If they are all to survive, they’ll need to reclaim the memories, reclaim their identity—and own who they really are. 

Everything. I can not stress enough how this book not only delivered what the summary said but gave more. I loved learning about these descendents, their way of life and their history. I loved following Yetu’s inner turmoil and journey of inner and outer discovery, I empathized with her. I  felt her pain, I felt her joy, I felt her confusion, doubts and realizations. The way that the world and the memories in Yetu would blend and overwhelm her was done in a way that was understandable and heartbreaking. The fact that they would let you experience the memories for yourself to get a better grip on why it hurt so much was wonderfully done. 

There were times I was confused about what perspective it was coming from but after I re-read the sentences I realized which it was. I just read this book in such a fury of awe that I didn’t slow down. It was a totally me thing, not a writing thing. 

I can not wait to get my hands on a real physical copy of this novel and just annotate and highlight and talk about it with others. I highly recommend this book, not only if  you are a fan of mermaids/merfolk and fantasy but to everyone. I want everyone to read this.

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