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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
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ebook, 432 pages
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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    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
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    Astrid Scholte
    Oct 29, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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    The first spark of inspiration for The Vanishing Deep was back in 2015, before I wrote Four Dead Queens,
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    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!
    Angela Staudt
    Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I received an ARC from BookishFirst in exchange for an honest review.

    “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” which is our world today sank underwater. The
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    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!
    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
    4.5 STARS
    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
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    Michelle
    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



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    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
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    Jennifer
    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
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    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
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    Chloe
    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
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    Sophie_The_Jedi_Knight
    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...
    Jenni
    Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Amazing book! If you could bring a loved one back from the dead for 24 hours, would you do it? In Palendromena, if you have enough money, you can. However, a person can only be revived once. Seventeen-year-old Tempest really misses her sister Elysea, who has been gone for two years. And after reviving her, how will she let Elysea go again? A fast-paced adventure.
    ClaireEva
    Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    4.5 but maybe even 4.75 loved this. ...more
    Morgan
    4.75/5 Stars

    *I received a free ARC of this book from BookishFirst and the publisher, G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Random House. All thoughts and opinions expressed are completely my own.*

    The Vanishing Deep tells the story of seventeen-year-old Tempest “Tempe” Alerin who lives in a world overruled by water as a result of the Great Waves that destroyed the planet five hundred years ago, forcing everyone to survive on the water while the remains of the “Old World” lurk below. Tempe dives daily to
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    Meigan
    I absolutely loved Four Dead Queens when I read it last year, and I’ve been not-so-patiently waiting for whatever else Scholte decided to grace us with. I had zero clue what The Vanishing Deep was about when I saw the cover for it many months ago, I just saw the name and knew I had to read it. When I finally read the synopsis I knew that Scholte was giving us yet another incredibly unique story, and one that was bound to have as many twists as Queens did.

    The Vanishing Deep takes place quite a
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    Kylie Westaway
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    Sarah Cook
    Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    What a unique and intriguing world this was!!! I definitely loved and adored the "world drowned by water" idea! Very clever, and added a different aspect to the story. Because of that, I felt it had a smidge of Waterworld, but a ton better!

    Holy cow these characters! I for sure loved Lor. He had way too much guilt going on, he really just needed some love! Elysea was an amazing side character! She was sweet and genuine but was never selfish, which we see too often in female characters. Tempe..I
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    Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads)
    *I was able to claim an ARC of this book from BookishFirst. But all thoughts and opinions are my own*
    My first 5 stars of the new year! I knew from the first chapter that this book was something special. I was immediately drawn into the story how Tempest, a grief hardened girl, tries to revive her sister and learn the truth about her parents. What follows is a truly wonderful story about family, your true feelings and learning to either let loved ones go or keep fighting for them. This has
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    Cat
    Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Masterfully created who done it mysteries set in beautiful, lush words seems to be Scholte's forte, and so far, even just with two books, she has completely proven her worth. I've never much cared for murder mysteries, but the way that she bumps you along, your eyes searching wildly for other options, for clues, it all adds up to an incredible pay off that I just can't resist. Because in the end, it's not who did it that matters, its the journey and the love and friendship along the way that ...more
    Teddi Coleman
    I previously read Four Dead Queens, which was my first stand alone novel in a few years. But with news of this book being released I am hopeful. Upon reading the first chapter, you got into the mind of Tempe and a glance of what is to come. Tempe appears to be curious and wanting to do right by her family and her sister's memory. The first chapter leaves you wanting more information, like you are wanting more explanation of what is to come. The details that the author gives allows you to ...more
    Lauren
    Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
    Aubrey Warnick
    This is going to be a very different review for me. I have very strong mixed feelings about this book, and I don’t know how to pinpoint it exactly. The book has extremely odd pacing. I want to call it action packed, but it wasn’t exactly action packed. The first like 90 pages are world building and background story, which is fine, but in a stand alone, with this much world building, it felt like a lot. And there were a lot of details we got in odd moments. Let’s dive into it

    Wins:

    -it was very
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    Raji
    Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: completed-arcs
    Find this review and more on my blog at Worlds Unlike Our Own .

    A huge thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!

    The Vanishing Deep is set in a future where nearly all land has been submerged due to the Great Waves. One of many now surviving in floating cities built on reefs, Tempe is a diver who searches the ruins of the sunken cities for things she can sell, and ever since her sister Elysea died, she has been saving up
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    Alisha
    Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    The Great Wave destroyed the planet five hundred years ago and since then, the surface has been covered in water. Tempest was born into a world of water. Tempest’s sister Elysea drowned holding the secret to their parents’ death and Tempest wants answers. A research facility on the island of Palindromena can revive the dead for 24 hours and Tempest saved every Note she possibly could for two years to do so.

    The reunion isn’t what Tempest thought it would be and instead, Elysea insists she’s
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    Elise Bellin
    In a post-apocalyptic aquatic world in which the world's icecaps have melted and there exists a way to bring back the dead for twenty-four hours, one girl must bring back her sister to find the answers to her parents' death, a question that has left her seething with anger and resentment since she discovered that her sister "was" responsible.

    The catch... her sister claims innocence and in their subsequent search for the truth, the secret of the terrible price it takes to revive the dead might
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    Sarah
    Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Palindromena, the only island around, in a world that was devoured in the "great wave," is also the only place to go, to bring back the dead... but only for 24 hours. Tempe, has been spending all of her spare time diving, so she can bring back her sister who died 2 years ago, as she died with the secret of her parents death, who died 5 years ago. She told her friend that it was her fault that they were dead, and Tempe needed to know why and how.

    Once Tempe's sister, Elsea, realizes that she was
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    Ally (book__ventures)
    @penguinteen #partner | Oh Astrid.... you've stolen my heart again. My first experience with Astrid was when I originally read Four Dead Queens. She had created a completely fresh plot with interesting characters and The Vanishing Deep is no different.
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    If you're a fan of new dystopian novels and ideas, I highly suggest picking this one up. It takes place on a world in which the polar caps melt and the world is submerged in water, leaving only a little land left in the world. People are left to
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    Audrey  Adamson Stars in Her Eye
    The Vanishing Deep is a post-apocalyptic world covered by water. This adds new dimensions to typical dystopian fiction that I was intrigued with.
    Tempest lives in the world after the Great Waves where actual land is scarce and people struggle to survive .Tempest makes her Notes by diving, finding any last treasure of the old world. She saves each Note because she wants to revive her sister. That's the magic of this world; the dead can be brought to life for 24 hours. But Tempest didn't imagine
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    Chrystal Lee Stevens
    I loved it. I couldn't put it down. I read it in 2 days. The story had all of the elements I loved in other stories I've read lately like Caraval, The Cruel Prince, The Wicked Deep, and Crown of Coral and Pearl.

    There were different sections of people living in different places with there own ways of living.

    The two main characters are Tempest and Lor. Tempest, Tempe to her family, lives in a place called the Equinox. It is a floating island made of metal from the Old World, our current world
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    Raised on a diet of Spielberg, Lucas and Disney, Astrid knew she wanted to be surrounded by all things fantastical from a young age. She’s spent the last 10 years working in film, animation and television as both an artist and manager. Career highlights include working on James Cameron's AVATAR, Steven Spielberg's THE ADVENTURES OF TIN TIN and HAPPY FEET 2 by George Miller. She lives in Melbourne, ...more