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The Vanishing Deep

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  440 ratings  ·  199 reviews
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
ebook, 432 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Rebecca This book could easily be read by 7th or 8th grade students without worry of so-called unacceptable subject matter. However, I'm an adult, and I found…moreThis book could easily be read by 7th or 8th grade students without worry of so-called unacceptable subject matter. However, I'm an adult, and I found the story compelling so I am not implying that the book is for immature audiences.(less)

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Mar 09, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Astrid Scholte
Oct 29, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Vanishing Deep is a truly awesome book with great characters, and an incredibly action-packed plot with numerous twists and turns that constantly left me feeling genuinely surprised when it came to trying to predict what was going to happen! I definitely recommend reading this book! :)

My rating/score: 5 out of 5 Stars on the Goodreads rating system, and 10 out of 10 on my own personal scoring system.
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
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 Nerd Daily
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Ellie King

Twenty-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
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
Feb 16, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-star

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
Jackie ϟ Bookseller
I received an ARC of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

3.5/5 stars

RTC closer to publication (March 2019)

I liked Four Dead Queens, so I'm pretty excited for this one!
Sarah Glenn Marsh
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!
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Danielle (always_read_the_end_first)
"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 Scholte
SIDENOTE 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
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vid review will be available 12 march 2020 here
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!! Beautifully written and just simply amazing.

Dear Booklovers: 👇

Add this book to your TBR
Preorder this book.
Purchase this book.

You are WELCOME 😉🧡🌷

Mar 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Celia McMahon
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
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*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, grief

I really loved this world. I'm finding that ocean
This book has gone from being barely on my radar to being on every social media page I visit

Fuck it let's do it
Sabrina Ricci
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 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...
Jenny (Bookbookowl)
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
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

OMG 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
Elizabeth Mellen
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Elizabeth Aguilar
A solid, fun read. But it does require you suspend your disbelief quite a bit.
Won Paperback ARC from!

I also won Scholte's first book, Four Dead Queens, from! 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
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2020
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
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, dystopian
"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

Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
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
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