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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,365 ratings  ·  451 reviews
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 ...more
ebook, 432 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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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 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
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.
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
Monica (crazy_4_books)
"The Vanishing Deep" is a fast paced action packed YA dystopian sci-fi thriller. Even though I enjoyed more Scholte's debut novel "Four Dead Queens" which I gave 5 stars, I really enjoyed this one too and would read future books from this author. The difference in rating may be just of personal taste. I felt "The Vanishing Deep" main plot execution was not as intriguing as in "Four Dead Queens" and it had some more common tropes found
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 a
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 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
Angela Staudt
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so Goodreads just freaked out, crashed, and deleted half of my review. So here is my review from January:

“Twenty-four hours with your loved one didn’t make it any easier to say goodbye, no mater what Palindromena promised. There was no closure. There never would be.”

The Vanishing Deep has to be one of the most unique worlds I have ever read. Scholte really knows how to have spectacular world building and such an amazing plot. The book takes place literally on the ocean, the “Old World” whi
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Tempe has spent the last 2 years diving and saving money to resurrect her sister, Elysea. After her sister's death, Tempe learned that her sister withheld secrets about her role in their parents death. So Tempe is determine to spend their last 24 hours together learning the truth. But when Elysea tells Tempe what she knows, they must escape the facility and start down a dangerous journey to learn the truth and possible save their family.

➸ POV: 1st Person from Tempe's & Lor's P
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!
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 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 loc


The more I think about this book, the more I like it, honestly. I feel like a major part of the ending was messily done, but it was compelling and went out with a bang. It was enjoyable.

I am so excited for Astrid Scholte's third book, too!

This one gets 3.5/5 stars.

original review:

This wasn't bad, it was just okay. I didn't love it as much as I'd hoped to. Also, wow, that ending. That felt kind of like I was cheated. (view spoiler)
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! ...more
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 relate ...more
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"She spun her hands above her head before shifting her shoulders, rolling her limbs as though she were submerged in water. Was it my imagination, or did she appear more fluid than before? Had the ocean become a part of her when it had taken her final breath?"

Tempest Alerin spends her days diving to earn enough Notes to revive her sister from the dead for 24 hours at the Palindroma research facility. But what she wants isn't a tear-stained happy reunion - she wants answers for why
Toya (the reading chemist)
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 deat
Actual Rating: 2.5 stars

Set in a dystopian future where water has overtaken nearly all land and technology allows the wealthy to bring back their loved ones for 24 hours to say goodbye, The Vanishing Deep is a sci-fi suspense blend with a fascinating premise and a mixed execution. Interestingly, my feelings on this were quite similar to my feelings on this author's debut. I love the concept, world, and setup but felt the middle and end were underdeveloped with some plot holes, and the romance pe
This book messed with my head.

Tempest was born into a world of water. When the Great Waves destroyed the planet, people had to learn to survive on water. Tempe spends her days diving into the deep in order to scavenge anything worth Notes. She needs as many Notes as possible so she can revive her sister from death. The research facility, Palindromena, has perfected the art of reanimating people from death but only for 24 hours. When Tempe and Elysea finally reunite, Tempe is determined to final
⇢ 4.25 ✰STARS✰


There were a lot of things that could have been done with this incredible world that the author has created...and we only got a glimpse of what it could embody. With a Water World-Esque-ness that is less rapey, and more techy or techier as Grammarly wants me to call it. You know, sometimes Grammarly, I just want to make up my own wo
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 grea
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!! Beautifully written and just simply amazing.

Dear Booklovers: 👇🏼

Add this book to your TBR
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Purchase this book.

You are WELCOME 😉🧡🌷

Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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 passi
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
Feb 23, 2020 marked it as want-to-read-new  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
This book was a bit of a disappointment. The idea behind the story was fascinating and oh how I wanted to know more about the world in this novel. I would have accepted the lack of world development if the story itself hadn't seemed psychologically shallow and trite. A shame really as this could have been such a good story. ...more
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 seein
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 world
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 respo
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Raised on a diet of Spielberg, Lucas and Disney, Astrid Scholte knew she wanted to be surrounded by all things fantastical from a young age and has spent the past fourteen years working in film, animation and VFX production. Career highlights include working on James Cameron’s Avatar, Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin and George Miller’s Happy Feet Two.

Despite Astrid's sunny demeanor, sh

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