The Deep

Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, Jonathan Snipes, William Hutson

fiction fantasy
challenging emotional medium-paced

176 pages | first published 2019

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.

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emotional 80%
reflective 70%
dark 62%
challenging 49%
sad 37%
hopeful 25%
mysterious 25%
adventurous 23%
inspiring 18%
tense 14%
informative 5%
lighthearted 0%
relaxing 0%


medium 59%
fast 21%
slow 19%

Strong character development?

Yes: 84% | It's complicated: 9% | No: 5% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 50% | It's complicated: 35% | No: 10% | N/A: 2%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 89% | It's complicated: 7% | N/A: 1% | No: 1%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 82% | It's complicated: 12% | No: 3% | N/A: 1%

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