Book Review: Deeplight
People need to know the name Frances Hardinge (pronounced “Harding”; it doesn’t rhyme with “Stonehenge” as I said it for the past year). She is a spectacularly talented writer who creates the most original and downright weird stories that I have ever read. When you’re reading one of her books and the story beats start to point in a certain direction, your brain thinks “there’s no way she’ll actually do this” and then she does, and because she is such a great writer, against all odds, it somehow always works.
Deeplight is my second Hardinge book (after I listened to the audio version of Cuckoo Song last fall) and I was blown away by how great it was. Granted I do already have a fascination with sea monsters, so that added to my experience. It’s hard to say much about the plot because it never goes in the direction you think it will and I don’t want to spoil anything. Just know that, the more you read, the more intriguing the story becomes. The simple premise from the book description is always just the beginning.
I would recommend this to anyone who loves a great, original story about friendship, belonging, self-discovery, and giant ass sea monsters.
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