Fantasy Novellas

‘The Deep’ Review: A Groundbreaking Alternate History

The Deep is one of the most meaningful reads I’ve experienced.

The central concept is fascinating and heartbreaking, imagining an alternative past for the African slave women who drowned in the Atlantic. It’s filled with beautiful imagery juxtaposed against the deep pain that permeates throughout their descendants. I was especially interested in the concept of emotional and memory transfer by a full society to a single person. In this instance, it’s a single individual sacrificing her mind to encapsulate the pain of her people’s past. That kind of sacrifice is both beautiful and terrifying to witness, and it nearly drives her mad. This is definitely an abstract style of writing, especially in the dialogue presentation. Expect to find vivid imagery and character introspection.

The Deep
By Rivers Solomon
with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, and Jonathan Snipes
Published by Saga Press

If you haven’t experienced the inspiration for the novella, I urge you to check it out. It’s one of the most original fantasy creations, period. Click here to listen on YouTube.

NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

Photo by Cristian Palmer on Unsplash

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