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Deeplight (2019)

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Publisher Annotation: For centuries the gods of the Undersea ruled the islands of the Myriad through awe and terror: they were very real, and very dangerous. Sacrifices were hurled into the waters to appease them, and every boat was painted with pleading eyes to entreat their mercy. They were served, feared and adored. Then, thirty years ago, the gods rose up in madness and tore each other apart. Now, none remain. The islands have recovered and the people have patched their battered ships and moved on. On one of these islands live Hark and his best friend Jelt. To them, the gods are nothing but a collection of valuable scraps to be scavenged from the ocean and sold. But now something is pulsing beneath the waves, calling to someone brave enough to retrieve it.… (més)
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Deeplight de Frances Hardinge (2019)

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*I received an advance copy of the book from Amulet Books via Media Masters in exchange for an unbiased review. All opinions are my own.*

15-year-old Hark is an orphan who has grown up scrambling and hustling just to get by. A lot of that hustle happens with his “friend” Jelt – it’s a toxic relationship. Jelt coerces Hark into helping him with a scheme; Hark, of course, is caught and sold into indentured service.

However, Hark’s ability to spin a tale saves him from a worse fate. Stories play a big role in this novel. Hark tells stories to earn the trust of one of the elderly priests he cares for; the priest tells stories, and through these stories, we learn of this world’s undersea gods that have long since died.

Hardinge’s world-building in Deeplight is simply incredible. Vivid, sometimes terrifying, harsh, and detailed. She has wonderfully drawn depictions of the islands, their people, their creations from the god-ware, and their boats and submersibles. The descriptions of the ancient gods were each unique, fantastic, and scary.

The characters were well fleshed out, particularly Hark; and the relationships were complicated, particularly as Hark’s character grew. Jelt is emotionally manipulative, and Hark is too loyal. Even when helping Jelt would put Hark’s situation at risk, Jelt goads and mocks him until he relents – and it’s their relationship that drives the story.

“All his life, there had been a current dragging Hark back to Jelt, over and over. He had never been able to fight it. When Jelt needed him, Hark had always, always come running.”

The icing on the cake, though, is the writing. Hardinge’s writing is simply beautiful. The story takes a while to build, but the language is so lovely that I was happy to go along for the ride, and soon enough I couldn’t put it down.

One of the themes of the book is fear – how it controls people, how it drives people, how it feeds off itself, and maybe even how it feeds faith.

“Human fear has a terrible power. It changes everything, distorts everything, maddens everything. Fear is the dark womb where monsters are born and thrive.”

Deeplight is categorized as a YA book, but it is SO fantastic that I think it would appeal to any adult reader who loves fantasy.
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  jenncaffeinated | Jul 4, 2021 |
Another excellent Frances Hardinge, an evocative, dark and creepy fantasy world, full of dark secrets, messed-up relationships, twisted chitinian gods, plots and heroics. ( )
  atreic | Dec 29, 2020 |
Hardinge is amazing at writing for young adults about eldritch horrors and toxic friendships, and in this book sets that all in the depths of ocean around an archipelago. Like Verdigris Deep, everything is wondrously creepy, and here she invents the word frecht which perfectly encapsulates the mode: it's defined as "a twisted beauty that turned your stomach even while it turned your head." Also like Verdigris Deep the Hark's main problem isn't the god-monsters and the politico-military scheming around him, but rather his own "best" - abusive - friend Jelt.

A third main character is Selphin: the author was asked by a reader to include a deaf character, and has integrated deafness as a natural part of the world, where it's seen not as a disability but a mark of pride; though communication isn't always straightforward, this is portrayed as Hark's own less-than-perfect command of sign, while Selphin is strengthened by her ability to turn away and refuse to see his words.

Some authors become repetitive, but even though I recognise the mode and tropes, Hardinge's prose is dense enough, the worlds deep enough, and the characters and their psychologies complex enough that I think it would take a lot of books before repetition could ever be any kind of problem. ( )
1 vota zeborah | Dec 22, 2020 |
The gods are dead. Decades ago, they turned on one another and tore each other apart. When 15-year-old Hark finds the still-beating heart of a terrifying deity, he risks everything to keep it out of the hands of smugglers, military scientists, and a secret fanatical cult so that he can use it to save the life of his best friend, Jelt. But with the heart, Jelt gradually and eerily transforms. How long should Hark stay loyal to his friend when he's becoming a monster and what is Hark willing to sacrifice to save him? ( )
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They say you can sail a thousand miles along the island chain of the Myriad, from the frosty shores of the north, to the lush, sultry islands of the south.
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“I’m glad we’re free, even if we do stupid things with the freedom sometimes. Maybe sometimes there isn’t a right thing to do. Maybe there’s just lots of wrong answers, and you have to pick one you can bear – something that doesn’t break who you are.”
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Publisher Annotation: For centuries the gods of the Undersea ruled the islands of the Myriad through awe and terror: they were very real, and very dangerous. Sacrifices were hurled into the waters to appease them, and every boat was painted with pleading eyes to entreat their mercy. They were served, feared and adored. Then, thirty years ago, the gods rose up in madness and tore each other apart. Now, none remain. The islands have recovered and the people have patched their battered ships and moved on. On one of these islands live Hark and his best friend Jelt. To them, the gods are nothing but a collection of valuable scraps to be scavenged from the ocean and sold. But now something is pulsing beneath the waves, calling to someone brave enough to retrieve it.

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