The Deep

Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, Jonathan Snipes, William Hutson

fiction fantasy lgbtqia+
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 82%
reflective 70%
dark 62%
challenging 48%
sad 38%
hopeful 25%
mysterious 24%
adventurous 23%
inspiring 17%
tense 15%
informative 5%
lighthearted 0%
relaxing 0%


medium 58%
fast 23%
slow 18%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 65% | A mix: 27% | Plot: 5% | N/A: 1%

Strong character development?

Yes: 83% | It's complicated: 10% | No: 4% | N/A: 0%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 51% | It's complicated: 35% | No: 10% | N/A: 2%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 89% | It's complicated: 7% | N/A: 2% | No: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

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