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The Beast

(The Darkdeep #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  244 ratings  ·  63 reviews

From bestselling authors Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs comes The Beast, the second book in the darkly suspenseful middle-grade Darkdeep series.

Nico, Opal, Tyler, Emma, and Logan survived their worst fears come to life and saved their town from a monstrous figment invasion. Now they want to keep their heads down, enjoy Halloween, and explore the secrets of their myster

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Published October 31st 2019 by Macmillan Children's Books (first published September 24th 2019)
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Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The Darkdeep, a group of kids saved their town by holding back monsters formed from their own imaginations. The Figments were formed from their thoughts by the Darkdeep, which they now hold at bay as Torchbearers. Well, they are supposed to hold it at bay anyway.... As the kids try to learn what they have to do to keep control of the Darkdeep and stop the formation of Figments, things start to spiral out of control. Figments begin to form on their own, a creature stored in a jar on the boat m ...more
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I can't decide if this is as good or better than the first book. Certainly more action packed and a richer world.

I was trying to pick out why I like this series so much and I think I've pegged it. In nearly all middle-grade or YA books, the protagonists won't ask adults for help and this is either dealt with through ignorant adults or isn't dealt with and frustrates the reader. The Darkdeep series is set up in such a way that it makes complete sense as to why the main group don't try to get hel
Sarah B
I found this sequel to be very exciting and better than the original novel, which I think is kind of rare. The plotline has lots of twists and turns, unexpected events and it's just downright fun! The group of main characters do lots of sneaking around, they solve mysteries, talk themselves out of problems with various adults and face some scary creatures. The book is good enough that I read the entire thing in one about roughly four hours. I think it was a wonderful way to spend Th ...more
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This takes place at Halloween. The story is about a film crew, a hunt for a monster, an alien, and a secret society. This picks up shortly after the previous book ends. The story is interesting and has plenty of action and mystery. It takes some surprising turns. I didn't think it would end the way it did. ...more
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Figments are just the beginning. There is a whole lot more hidden beneath the Dark Deep.
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, met-author
Thank you to NetGalley, Bloomsbury, and authors Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

I wasn't quite as invested in this book as the first one, but it was still fun. Part of the reason is that there was not a Kindle version offered on NetGalley this time, only an Adobe Digital PDF, which means I had to sit and read off my computer screen. If a Kindle version were offered, like the first book, I would have read much faster and probab
Dena (Batch of Books)
What an awesome series! I've read both books with my daughter and we've both enjoyed them a ton.

In this book, the whole crew is back, with the addition of Logan. They discover that the darkdeep is spontaneously producing figments on its own. To make matters more complicated, a cheesy internet show has rolled into town, hoping to catch a legendary beast on camera.

This series is so much fun. It's spooky, but not so scary that my daughter gets nightmares from it. So far, we've totally enjoyed every
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
The Beast was just as much fun as The Darkdeep!  

Nico, Opal, Emma, Tyler, and Logan are back again.  They are trying to follow clues to explain the Torchbearers and find that there is a lot of history in the town.  Something Opal hears has been giving them hints on where to go.  The voice in her head is Thing, the gooey thing in the jar that they thought was dead.  He starts telling him that there is a rift and they need to take care of that and The Darkdeep as Torchbearers.

A weird sulfur smell
Dec 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was definitely better the the first in the series. I will no doubt have to read the next installment when it arrives. I am amazed at how clueless all the adults are. The five kids are out and about all the time without any parental unit seeming to know or worse care. Nico's father seems remarkably absent. ...more
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second book in this trilogy wasn't quite as good as the first, but was still VERY enjoyable. ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, j-fiction
I received an ARC from Book Expo.

I really enjoyed this second book in the DarkDeep series. It's fast paced and middle schoolers will really enjoy it.

Melanie Dulaney
Readers of series like Spiderwick Chronicles, Fablehaven, Simon Thorn and other monster centered fantasy books will appreciate Condie and Reichs Darkdeep series. Reading them in order is likely preferred, but I started with this second installment and found that the authors did a good job of filling in how this group of teens joined forces to fight the creatures that emerge from from the jet black pool hidden under a creepy houseboat. The Beast provides much action as our heroes chase down (or a ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
The Beast (Darkdeep #2) by Ally Condie and Brenden Reichs, 325 pages. Bloomsbury, 2019. $17.

Content: G (mild fighting)



Even though they survived their first challenge and have committed themselves and Torchbearers, Nick, Opal and the others are flailing a bit as they try to figure out what being a Torchbearer actually means. And Opal hears a voice in her head — could it be Thing? She’s reluctant to let the others know, but the lice does seem
Choice book 2 Quarter 3

The Beast by Ally Condie is a fantasy book.

The Beast takes place in a small town on the coast called Timbers.

The main characters are Nico and Opal.
Nico is stressed about the radish festival that went so wrong, and is tired from the constant job of the Darkdeep, an inky pool that is a tear in reality. But he and his friends took an oath to guard the Darkdeep, so they're stuck at the boat house where it is contained for most of the day. He is a nice person that wants to b
Ms. Yingling
ARC provided by the publisher

Timbers is safe because of the efforts of Nico, Opal, Tyler, Emma, and Logan in The Darkdeep, and now the friends just want to get back to normal. That's not easy to do when creatures keep appearing even when the kids are not going into the pool at Still Cove. As Torchbearers, they all know they need to keep the various creatures at bay, because no one else in town seems to understand how serious the threat is. This is apparent when Colton Bridger of the Freakshow sh
Pop Bop
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Well, It Certainly Zips Along

If you read a lot of middle grade and YA fantasy action/adventure your favorite books probably involve interesting and surprising characters, clever plot twists, possibly some youthful issues, and careful attention being paid to creating as authentic a fantasy feel as possible. If you read adult airport thrillers you're probably used to flat and predictable characters recently retired from a special forces unit, non-stop action, and wildly and almost intentionally im
Mark Buxton
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My name is Opal, and my friends and I are tasked with secretly guarding any figments that might emerge from the Darkdeep. We're called Torchbearers, but we don't have any instructions about what we're supposed to do. We stop creatures that escape from the dark waters, but we don't really know where they come from. I'm afraid to tell the others about the voice in my head, but it's been giving me useful clues. They'll probably think I'm crazy; I wonder about that myself. The whole town is excited ...more
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After Nico, Opal, Tyler, Emma, and new friend Logan, banded together to save their town of Timbers from the mysterious Darkdeep and its scary figments, they’re ready to take on their roles as new Torchbearers and keep the Darkdeep safe. But soon the five kids discover that their new responsibilities are anything but simple and they aren’t sure who or where to turn. Toss in a mind-talking goo creature, a pesky Youtube show invading Timbers, strange behaving figments, and a maybe all too real Beas ...more
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars, rounded up

Y'all. If you thought The Darkdeep was craaazay (aka "good crazy") then get ready for The Beast! This book takes everything literally to a whole new level. Like I was fully not expecting to go all the places this story went. I was sitting there reading it and just when I thought things couldn't get any more insane -- they totally did!

There was so much going on here, what with the Beast, the figments, Freakshow, and the gang trying to solve another mystery. It all ended up co
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay wow, this book felt so much better than the first one. Let me explain.

Topic 1: Characters

The characters here all get somewhat equal amount of book time without it getting too overboard. Thing is, you don't get to learn any more about them. In the last book, you got to learn about how his dad was able to save a bunch of owls, but here, there is little to no mention about that, and there is no new information about the kids' families. So while the characters were introduced more, they didn't
Trisha Perry
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This picks up with our friends shortly after the first book The Darkdeep ends. Nico, Opal, Tyler, Logan, and Emma just want a calm fun Halloween, without and special responsibilities, if you know what I mean. But since the problem during the festival the town has gone Beast crazy and so has it tourism. So now is not the greatest time for the real Beast to show up and with a camera crew in town and all, but the real question is how are the torchbearers going to keep it a secret with everything th ...more
Like the first book, The Beast has that air mystery, and it keeps it all the way through even when some information is revel about the Torchbearers. I like the characters and them having their own personality. There is little character development but, that not a problem. Not every book in a series needs to have character development. The writing has also mildly improved. That all the things I like about this book.

When the Darkdeep was revel to be a portal to another dimension that was cool. Th
Opal keeps hearing a voice in her head, is she going crazy or is that green thing in the jar talking to her? As the torchbearers try to move on from the horrors of Halloween night, Opal continues to hear a voice in her head that leads her to a torchbearer crypt, and something called the Rift which is somehow connected to the Darkdeep.

Whole following the clues that the voice gives them to set them on a path to the Rift. The torchbearers encounter more and more figments that they aren’t r
Katie Reilley
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Bloomsbury for sharing an ARC with our #bookexpedition group.

Nico, Logan, Emma, Tyler and Opal are back in this sequel to The Darkdeep. Just like the first book in the series, The Beast is told from multiple perspectives to give readers a sense of each character.

The book begins with the group battling a new figment. Though no one has gone back into the Darkdeep, figments have returned, terrorizing the new Torchbearers. And that’s not the only thing terrorizing the island. There’s the
Morgan (youarethelibrarian)
This was a great continuation of the Darkdeep series. The problems got bigger, and we saw the group of unlikely friends working together, sticking to the oath they made to each other. I love this group of kids and their unwavering loyalty to each other.

Nico and Opal are the only two characters with POVs, although I think it would be fun to have POVs from Emma, Tyler, and Logan, too. But on the other hand, Nico and Opal’s voices sound very much the same, so maybe adding more POVs wouldn’t really
Jennifer Hill
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nico, Opal, Emma, Tyler and Logan are back. The DarkDeep keeps spitting out figments even though no one is going through it anymore. They don't know where they are coming from, but they are able to dispel them. It is getting close to Halloween, the "Beast" has become popular and is bringing in tourists, and now a You-tuber shows up from Freakshow to document what he can find. As the kids try to figure out what is going on with the DarkDeep, the green blob starts to communicate with them, the fig ...more
James Phoenix
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bottom line, this is an adventure novel that is just as fun and fast-paced as it's predecessor!

I'd pitch this as 'The Goonies' meets 'Goosebumps': a bunch of kids coming together to protect their home town from a creepy entity known as The Darkdeep that projects people's thoughts (and fears) into the real world.

The characters are lively and they keep the plot moving along at a steady pace to keep readers (especially younger ones) hooked until the last page. Where it's a shame that some of the p
Neal DenHartog
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the unfolding mystery in this one, and the expansion of the world built in the first book. The authors found a way to ratchet up the stakes even further, while exploring the history behind the torchbearers club. This would be a five star read if they spent a little more developing their characters. This has an ensemble cast of five kids, so giving them each proper time is hard. Two books in, and I can't tell the three boys apart, which led to some very confusing parts of the story, tryin ...more
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not usually a fan of scary stories but I can't get enough of the adventures of these kids and the Darkdeep!

I loved the first book in the series and was very excited for the second one. And just like Reichs's "Nemesis" series, this book is even more strange and bizarre than the first one. While being an action-packed horror story, it is also a mystery that leads the kids through historical areas of the town they all thought that they knew so well. Add to that a green, glowing blob and a succe
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anarece
I really loved this cover. I thought it worked well for the story. This one opened really quickly. It really pulled me in and I read this one really fast. I didn't want to put this one down at all. The Beast was very easy to read and I didn't have any issues knowing the words. This story was well paced I thought it was on the slower side but that really worked. Nico and Opal were my favorite characters. I really hope that I get the chance to read the next title. ...more
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Ally Condie is a former high school English teacher who lives with her husband, three sons and one daughter outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, running, eating, and listening to her husband play guitar.

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