The Deep

Rivers Solomon

fiction fantasy lgbtqia+
challenging emotional medium-paced

missing duration info | first published 2019

The water-breathing descendants of African slave women tossed overboard have built their own underwater society--and must reclaim the memories of their past to shape their future in this brilliantly imaginative novella inspired by the Hugo Award nominated song "The Deep" from Daveed Diggs' rap group Clipping.Yetu holds the memories for her people--water-dwelling descendants of pregnant African slave women thrown overboard by slave owners--who live idyllic lives in the deep. Their past, too traumatic to be remembered regularly, is forgotten by everyone, save one--the historian. This demanding role has been bestowed on Yetu. Yetu remembers for everyone, and the memories, painful and wonderful, traumatic and terrible and miraculous, are destroying her. And so, she flees to the surface, escaping the memories, the expectations, and the responsibilities--and discovers a world her people left behind long ago. Yetu will learn more than she ever expected to about her own past--and about the future of her people. If they are all to survive, they'll need to reclaim the memories, reclaim their identity--and own who they really are. Inspired by a song produced by the rap group Clipping for the This American Life episode "We Are In The Future," The Deep is vividly original and uniquely affecting.

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emotional 81%
reflective 68%
dark 59%
challenging 48%
sad 37%
adventurous 24%
hopeful 23%
mysterious 23%
inspiring 16%
tense 16%
informative 6%
lighthearted 0%
relaxing 0%


medium 58%
fast 22%
slow 19%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 65% | A mix: 28% | Plot: 5% | N/A: 1%

Strong character development?

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Loveable characters?

Yes: 49% | It's complicated: 36% | No: 10% | N/A: 3%

Diverse cast of characters?

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Flaws of characters a main focus?

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