Review: The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte


Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Title: The Vanishing Deep
Author: Astrid Scholte
Genre: Dystopian/Sci-fi
Audience: Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Length: 11 hours (432 pages)
Publisher: G.p. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers; Listening Library
Release Date: March 3, 2020
Source: Library (Libby)
Content: death of loved ones, drowning


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 era, searching for anything of value to trade for Notes. It isn’t food or clothing that she wants to buy, but her dead sister’s life. For a price, the research facility on the island of Palindromena will revive the dearly departed for twenty-four hours before returning them to death. It isn’t a heartfelt reunion that Tempe is after; she wants answers. Elysea died keeping a terrible secret, one that has ignited an unquenchable fury in Tempe: Her beloved sister was responsible for the death of their parents. Tempe wants to know why.

But once revived, Elysea has other plans. She doesn’t want to spend her last day in a cold room accounting for a crime she insists she didn’t commit. Elysea wants her freedom and one final glimpse at the life that was stolen from her. She persuades Tempe to break her out of the facility, and they embark on a dangerous journey to discover the truth about their parents’ death and mend their broken bond. But they’re pursued every step of the way by two Palindromena employees desperate to find them before Elysea’s time is up–and before the secret behind the revival process and the true cost of restored life is revealed.


This is a perfect book to transition from summer to fall. A YA dystopian with a thrilling adventure set in a future where most of the world is submerged underwater? And a procedure exists to revive the dead for 24 hours? And a girl risks everything for the chance to spend more time with her sister and learn the truth about what happened to her parents? Yes, please.

And let’s not forget about Lor! He narrates half the book even though he’s barely mentioned in the synopsis. He has secrets of his own and would do anything to protect his friends.

While the subject matter was a bit morbid, this book had so many twists and turns and I never knew how I was going to end. The ending was shocking, heartbreaking, and not what I expected. This is a great choice for mild spooky vibes since death plays a central role in the story, but the focus is on the adventure, the mystery, and the relationships.

I haven’t read Four Dead Queens by the same author…but after reading this I’m thinking I need to? Let me know!

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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