The Darkdeep – A Middle Grade Stranger Things

The Darkdeep – A Middle Grade Stranger Things

Something ancient has awakened... and it knows their wishes and dreams - and their darkest, most terrible secrets.

Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads.

The Darkdeep

Series: The Darkdeep #1
Author: Ally Condie & Brendan Reichs
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Page Count: 272
Format: ARC
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Horror
Cover Artist: -
My Rating: ★★★

The Darkdeep (The Darkdeep, #1)The Darkdeep by Ally Condie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received an ARC of this book in a giveaway. Note that anything quoted may not match the finished publication.


Content Warning: Death, Injury, Fighting, Bullying

The pool was the darkest thing she’d ever seen. And it was deep.

I think the older I get, the more I appreciate the Middle Grade genre. Granted, I’m not old in some people’s opinion. What I feel like I never outgrow are the simplistic lessons many Middle Grade books have to offer–The Darkdeep being one of them. Essentially, The Darkdeep is about a group of kids coming together to overcome their differences, and ultimately, their fear.

He’d never felt so powerless inside the Darkdeep. So small and insignificant.

I don’t know about you, but I will never lose my appreciation for a story that discusses real-life matters that are applicable to any-aged reader. The Darkdeep may be more geared towards the older Middle Grade reader and up, as it does contain some eerie and scary elements, but it is applicable to many. In a world that has so many facets that are larger an individual, teamwork, and coming together, can change the outcome in an instant.

Another point I love about this novel is that it is a story that is enjoyable, easy to read, impactful, and has many of the qualities I look for in a good book. The concept is creative, and kept me wanting to know more about the plot the entire way through. The characters, Nico, Opal, Ella, Tyler, and Logan all have individual personalities, and are relatable to the majority of readers. Each character has something that they struggle with, and ultimately have to overcome those fears in the end in order to defeat the Darkdeep. I think a story like this has a good takeaway, and I’m looking forward to reading more in The Beast.

Vulgarity: None.
Sexual content: None.
Violence: Moderate for this genre, as it does focus on some aspects that may be more dark in comparison to others in this genre.

My Rating: ★★★★

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