30.4.15

Book Blurb Breakdown: Challenger Deep by Neil Shusterman

book blurb breakdown

Book Blurb Breakdown is a Sarcasm & Lemons feature where your anal English degree-holding author (gently) rips apart jacket blurbs to pin down what makes her want to pick up the book instantly--and what makes her want to throw it at the wall.  See the original post for more detail.  

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today's blurb


Status:  Unread


the blurb: as is 
from Goodreads


Caden Bosch is on a ship that's headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench.

Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior.

Caden Bosch is designated the ship's artist in residence, to document the journey with images.

Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head.

Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny.

Caden Bosch is torn.

A captivating and powerful novel that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by one of today's most admired writers for teens. 


the blurb:  shredded 


Caden Bosch is on a ship that's headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench. (I did not know this was a thing. Is it a thing? I'm intrigued.  I'm also wondering who Caden is and why he's headed there.  I've been grabbed.)  

Caden Bosch is (Still deciding whether I like this "Caden is" thing.) a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior.  (Interesting.  Is this magical odd behavior?  Psychological odd behavior?  Is this related to his submersible trip?  I like the concision here.)  

Caden Bosch is designated the ship's artist in residence, to document the journey with images. (No cameras here?  This is cool, very old school.  How did a high schooler get such a gig?)  

Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head.  (This should definitely go with the brilliant student thing.  The pieces are all mixed up, so it's unclear: is this book about him joining the track team or going into the trench?)  

Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny.  (Oooh, fascinating.  Where is this mutiny coming from, though?  I feel like I need one more hint.)  

Caden Bosch is torn.  (I like this ending.  It's very cheeky.)

A captivating and powerful novel that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force (Gag me with a spoon, please.) by one of today's most admired writers for teens.  (Not terribly informative (cue the cliches) but at least it's not being compared to 50 other books.)  


the verdict 
4/5 stars

would i read it?:  yes, for sure

I have a few issues with this blurb.  Foremost, it's oddly arranged.  We go from trench to high school to trench to high school.  Then to trench.  It feels piecemeal and doesn't give a clear picture of how the pieces are related.  If I had my way, it'd go track team - odd behavior - Challenger Deep - artist in residence - mutiny.  I don't mind narratives that jump time (I did just read Invisible Monsters, after all) but I don't necessarily want my blurbs to.  Other than that, I really like it.  The consistent line starter gives it a choppy, odd feel, which tells me something about the kind of person Caden is.  It gives hints of plot without giving anything important away.  Just enough to suck you in and make you want to read.  It also doesn't mention a mysterious girl who enters his life and turns it upsidedown, which is a major plus for me.  Also, the last line is kind of cheeky, which tells me that perhaps Shusterman's style is tongue-in-cheek.  I'm sold.  


your thoughts

Does this blurb grab you?  
Do you agree with my thoughts?  If not, how so?  
Do you have any recommendations for blurbs I should shred?  






4 comments:

  1. I read and absolutely LOVED this book so you should definitely read it! Everything I read by Shusterman, actually, I love. Reading it also gave me a better understanding of why the blurb is that way, and so choppy. If I hadn't already read books by Shusterman and utterly trusted him as an author I'm not sure I would have been as eager for it as I ended up being!

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    1. Yay! I'm very excited for it. Hopefully it comes in at the library. I've never read Shusterman, but I'm keen to after everything I've heard. I'm excited to see how the blurb matches up.

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  2. I agree, this blurb is very oddly arranged. It doesn't make sense. Still I want to read this one as it is getting rave reviews!

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  3. I think I'd be less drawn to it if I hadn't read that it was about schizophrenia--so some of the oddness started to make sense. Plus, like you, I've heard such good things!

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