Book Review: The Deep by Rivers Solomon

The Deep

Yetu, the historian holding all of the memories of her people (a race of mermaids), must find a way to survive the pain of the rememberings while supporting her people and her own sense of identity.


  • The names and dialog create a rich picture of culture.
  • The main character and her feelings about her own experiences fit the new adult genre well even though it wasn’t marketed as such.
  • The concept is moving and reminds me a bit of The Giver and The Lost Voices.
  • It approaches feelings of isolation, suicide, and the importance of history even with its pain with grace.
  • Overall,it is beautifully written, emotional, and thought-provoking.

Least Favorites:

  • I would have liked more description of the setting.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐