Caden is a 15 year old boy whose high school friends notice starts to act strange. Caden is the artist aboard a ship bound for the Marianas Trench. Caden lies about joining the track team. Caden is torn between loyalty to the captain and mutiny.
I upped this books rating from a 4 to a 4.5 after I learned the story behind this book and saw the art that is in the physical book (I listened to this on audio, like I do most things). I really wish that when you are listening to an audiobook there was a way to get any of the art, images, ect. that are in the physical book, or at least a note that those things exist so know to go looking for them.
This was a surprising book to me. I listened to it and honestly had no idea what was going on at first, I felt like I was going crazy listening to this kids story. I got the anxiety and nervous feelings listening to it and while it was clear that the things he was thinking and feeling where really off base, Shusterman did a really good job of writing it.
Once I sorted what was going on I was really interested to see where this was going to go. Somethings that didn't totally work for me had to deal with the narration (there were a few clunky/messy narration sections) and there was a "love interest" that didn't really work smoothly for me.
So the story behind the story I guess could be spoilery for the plot line of the book so if that's something that you don't want to know then I'd skip the rest of this but I don't think it is because I think it's more about the journey with this book than the plot line but at any rate I'll throw it behind a spoiler tag just in case. Obviously I'd recommend this book and was very impressed with it.(show spoiler)