Extremely Moving

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The Deep is an extremely moving and incredibly well-written speculative novella. This lyrical masterpiece, which imagines the lives of mermaids evolved from enslaved people thrown overboard from slave ships, is a powerhouse of black power, black love, and found family.

If you love speculative fiction, lyrical prose, and high-concept science fiction, The Deep is perfect for you.

I really loved the main character. She has a certain affliction where she feels things too strongly and has intense, overwhelming feelings. However, she also has this purpose in life to record and keep her people's memories. Her affliction and her purpose in life may seem at odds, but it made the story unique. Her affliction is interesting because it's so similar to a chronic illness in our world. As someone who suffers from a chronic illness, I enjoyed seeing the representation in speculative fiction, my favorite genre.