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New York Times #1 best-selling author Rick Riordan pays homage to Jules Verne in his exciting modern take on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Ana Dakkar is a freshman at Harding-Pencroft Academy, a five-year high school that graduates the best marine scientists, naval warriors, navigators, and underwater explorers in the world. Ana's parents died while on a scientific expediti New York Times #1 best-selling author Rick Riordan pays homage to Jules Verne in his exciting modern take on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Ana Dakkar is a freshman at Harding-Pencroft Academy, a five-year high school that graduates the best marine scientists, naval warriors, navigators, and underwater explorers in the world. Ana's parents died while on a scientific expedition two years ago, and the only family's she's got left is her older brother, Dev, also a student at HP. Ana's freshman year culminates with the class's weekend trial at sea, the details of which have been kept secret. She only hopes she has what it'll take to succeed. All her worries are blown out of the water when, on the bus ride to the ship, Ana and her schoolmates witness a terrible tragedy that will change the trajectory of their lives. But wait, there's more. The professor accompanying them informs Ana that their rival school, Land Institute, and Harding-Pencroft have been fighting a cold war for a hundred and fifty years. Now that cold war has been turned up to a full broil, and the freshman are in danger of becoming fish food. In a race against deadly enemies, Ana will make amazing friends and astounding discoveries about her heritage as she puts her leadership skills to the test for the first time.


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New York Times #1 best-selling author Rick Riordan pays homage to Jules Verne in his exciting modern take on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Ana Dakkar is a freshman at Harding-Pencroft Academy, a five-year high school that graduates the best marine scientists, naval warriors, navigators, and underwater explorers in the world. Ana's parents died while on a scientific expediti New York Times #1 best-selling author Rick Riordan pays homage to Jules Verne in his exciting modern take on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Ana Dakkar is a freshman at Harding-Pencroft Academy, a five-year high school that graduates the best marine scientists, naval warriors, navigators, and underwater explorers in the world. Ana's parents died while on a scientific expedition two years ago, and the only family's she's got left is her older brother, Dev, also a student at HP. Ana's freshman year culminates with the class's weekend trial at sea, the details of which have been kept secret. She only hopes she has what it'll take to succeed. All her worries are blown out of the water when, on the bus ride to the ship, Ana and her schoolmates witness a terrible tragedy that will change the trajectory of their lives. But wait, there's more. The professor accompanying them informs Ana that their rival school, Land Institute, and Harding-Pencroft have been fighting a cold war for a hundred and fifty years. Now that cold war has been turned up to a full broil, and the freshman are in danger of becoming fish food. In a race against deadly enemies, Ana will make amazing friends and astounding discoveries about her heritage as she puts her leadership skills to the test for the first time.

30 review for Daughter of the Deep

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sofia

    Just when you thought he was done writing books, Rick strikes again.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alex (The Scribe Owl)

    EVERYBODY LISTEN UP THERE IS A NEW UNCLE RICK BOOK AJYHBFYKHJFAWFNJFB

  3. 5 out of 5

    ale ♡︎

    *inserts vine "anything for you, beyoncé"* update wAIT, THERE IS A COVER NOW *inserts vine "anything for you, beyoncé"* update wAIT, THERE IS A COVER NOW

  4. 5 out of 5

    Era ➶

    GUESS WHAT CAME OUT TODAY WE HAVE A COVER I REPEAT WE HAVE A COVER it looks like the Magnus Chase covers though I will assume that this is the book that Rick mentioned in his blog: As for me, that secret project novel I’ve been working on the last seven months has been accepted by my editor at Disney Publishing, so if all goes well, it looks like you may have a new Riordan novel coming out this October. I really wasn’t expecting to be able to release a new book so soon, but I’m very excited! When I GUESS WHAT CAME OUT TODAY WE HAVE A COVER I REPEAT WE HAVE A COVER it looks like the Magnus Chase covers though I will assume that this is the book that Rick mentioned in his blog: As for me, that secret project novel I’ve been working on the last seven months has been accepted by my editor at Disney Publishing, so if all goes well, it looks like you may have a new Riordan novel coming out this October. I really wasn’t expecting to be able to release a new book so soon, but I’m very excited! When I can share more details about the book, I will. This is something completely new for me, though it’s an idea that has been percolating since 2008. It is a stand-alone book, not mythology-based, but is otherwise my usual brand of fast-paced adventure with humor, a wide cast of characters, and maybe even a bit of stealth learning! Want a hint? Here’s the author photo I plan on using: (Photo credit: Percy Jackson) Evidence: 1. this comes out in October 2. "stealth learning" --> the main character attends a marine biology school 3. this is a retelling of 20000 Leagues Under The Sea and that's basically where Rick is in that photo This might be nothing like Percy Jackson but if this has anything in common with Rick's books then you can bet twenty bucks and a box of Froot Loops that this will be on my bookshelf before 2022. Also I'm hoping there's a Seaweed Brain cameo because MARINE BIOLOGY and there's this:

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mariah

    So you're telling me Ana isn't a Daughter of Poseidon? Seems fake. . I'm so beyond ready for this. So you're telling me Ana isn't a Daughter of Poseidon? Seems fake. . I'm so beyond ready for this.

  6. 5 out of 5

    :)

    2/25/21: this synopsis makes no sense to me, but all my brain can hear is “new uncle rick book”.

  7. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Thank you for the audio copy, Disney Audio! I am so excited to dive into this modern reimagining! Original: Rick Riordan is blessing us with a modern reimagining of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea? I can't even and this cover!! I'm really hoping to get to this one this month! Thank you for the audio copy, Disney Audio! I am so excited to dive into this modern reimagining! Original: Rick Riordan is blessing us with a modern reimagining of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea? I can't even and this cover!! I'm really hoping to get to this one this month!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Tonks

    WE ARE GETTING A NEW UNCLE RICK BOOK *screams* I DON'T EVEN NEED TO KNOW WHAT THIS IS ABOUT but i'm adding it to my tbr regardless. WE ARE GETTING A NEW UNCLE RICK BOOK *screams* I DON'T EVEN NEED TO KNOW WHAT THIS IS ABOUT but i'm adding it to my tbr regardless.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Charmel

    update 6-4: OMG Y'ALL WE HAVE A COVER!! 🤩 it's giving me the cover of PJO: the lightning thief vibes! aaaaaahhhh — you see, i'm a simple human being. i see a new book by uncle rick, i automatically add it to my to-read and anticipated lists. can't wait for this aaaaahh!!! update 6-4: OMG Y'ALL WE HAVE A COVER!! 🤩 it's giving me the cover of PJO: the lightning thief vibes! aaaaaahhhh — you see, i'm a simple human being. i see a new book by uncle rick, i automatically add it to my to-read and anticipated lists. can't wait for this aaaaahh!!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms

    2.5 Silver Stars I guess Riordan really loves ocean. (no sarcasm, just if you wonder. cause it's really beautiful.) I haven't read Twenty thousands leagues under the sea yet, but I know pretty much the story (& the characters). plus, there's some explanation about important stuff in here too. so I guess I'm good. it had a great beginning. Beautiful & fun. then it was a let down (it's all according to my opinion), until the excitements rose again. (& near the end...) though, I really wished we had mo 2.5 Silver Stars I guess Riordan really loves ocean. (no sarcasm, just if you wonder. cause it's really beautiful.) I haven't read Twenty thousands leagues under the sea yet, but I know pretty much the story (& the characters). plus, there's some explanation about important stuff in here too. so I guess I'm good. it had a great beginning. Beautiful & fun. then it was a let down (it's all according to my opinion), until the excitements rose again. (& near the end...) though, I really wished we had more story around Harding-Pencroft Academy. it seemed like such a cool place. their classes. About Dev. I understand why he didn't choose that path for this story, but I still want it. the Characters were good, maybe a little too many to be introduced at once. I liked Dev, Gem & Ester. Ana was good too, but not my typical fav heroin. it had fun moments. Well, it's Riordan, but too much equipment & engineering & technology talking, that really made it boring at some points, because I couldn't follow. I guess I'm not a fan of this kind of sci-fi. I liked it, half & half. Sadly, I didn’t feel for this one the way I wanted, or expected. it was not a disappointment (well, according to how much hyped I was, it could be, I guess. a little?), but not everything can be Percy Jackson books. *sigh* near the end, even though I know something like this would happen, but I didn't expect like THIS! (view spoiler)[I actually enjoy betraying arcs plot twists, but not when it's my most favourite character! (who is one of the few I actually cared about!) (hide spoiler)] not going to accept it. nope. nuh- uh. anyway, I think it was not exactly a retelling. For me it felt more like a sequel, if you know what I mean. I probably won't re-read this book again. I prefer that my first emotions stay intact. - pre-read: (I was so happy...) AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! We have a new Uncle Rick's book this year too! I was so sad Camp halfblood is over & we didn't have another book this year, but here We are! thank you! so excited! Cover Reveal: June 3rd- beautiful!

  11. 5 out of 5

    BLOBBIE

    Updated October 5th HAPPYY RELEASE DAYYYYYYYYYY! ---------------------------- Updated October 3rd 3 DAYSS UNTIL THIS OUTTTTTT YASSSSSSSS ———————————————- ooooooh!, the cover's out!, It's pretty! It's ocean-ish (kinda sound have expected it from the title) And the people on the cover seem cool! Also the plot sound awesome, can't wait to read it! :)) Yay! This is one of my most anticipated read, for this year! ahhhhhh!, I really need to read this soon! Updated October 5th HAPPYY RELEASE DAYYYYYYYYYY! ---------------------------- Updated October 3rd 3 DAYSS UNTIL THIS OUTTTTTT YASSSSSSSS ———————————————- ooooooh!, the cover's out!, It's pretty! It's ocean-ish (kinda sound have expected it from the title) And the people on the cover seem cool! Also the plot sound awesome, can't wait to read it! :)) Yay! This is one of my most anticipated read, for this year! ahhhhhh!, I really need to read this soon!

  12. 5 out of 5

    dezzy

    i'm a simple girl: i see "rick riordan," i click "want to read." i'm a simple girl: i see "rick riordan," i click "want to read."

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rose Liz

    Now that — that is a cover 02/25/21 - WhatWHAT?!?! I HAVE NEVER ADDED ANYTHING TO MY TBR SO FAST

  14. 4 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    okay so i was intensely curious to read a Riordan book that isn't part of the PJO universe. This is a Jules Verne/A Thousand Leagues Under the Sea retelling and continuation of the original. It nicely in that lower-YA space, with a 14-year-old protagonist named Ana Dakkar who just found out she's descended from Captain Nemo. It basically is like: what if the story was REAL and all the old scifi tech still existed. (Although, like I don't know the original classics and I doubt any middle-schooler okay so i was intensely curious to read a Riordan book that isn't part of the PJO universe. This is a Jules Verne/A Thousand Leagues Under the Sea retelling and continuation of the original. It nicely in that lower-YA space, with a 14-year-old protagonist named Ana Dakkar who just found out she's descended from Captain Nemo. It basically is like: what if the story was REAL and all the old scifi tech still existed. (Although, like I don't know the original classics and I doubt any middle-schoolers would either?) When the story takes off Ana is attending a prestigious and exclusive sea-based school called Harding-Pencroft Academy. Basically it trains kids up in marine sciences and to join the navy, etc. But they have this secret rivalry with a land-based school -- only Ana thinks it's just schools disliking each other. But oh no. Ha. No...they try to kill the HP school. When Ana leaves for a training mission/exams out at sea, the whole school is destroyed. Now it's war. Ana then also discovers her DNA makes her extremely important to unlocking secrets about the infamous Captain Nemo's submarine. So it becomes a race to get to the sub before they're caught/controlled by the enemy school. There's a lot of weapon tech here, and just good ol' sci-fi impossible inventions. Iit had the "ancient technology" vibes that are really visually appealing to read about too. Ana Dakker is a fearless heroine, loyal and loving and wise. I also liked the crew dynamics, especially Gemini, Ester and Nelinha! Ester is autistic and was very pleasantly surprised at the fair rep. Gemini was like a body-guard/gun-slinger boy, very forthright and protective. Also tons of diverse rep: with Muslim and Black and Brazilian characters. Ana is Indian-American. A few things though: (1) the characters all felt very one-dimensional, like Ana was so perfect she felt flat. (2) I never really understood the schools' extreme rivalry, but like suddenly all these 14-year-olds are combat ready. I think being a standalone made the world building thin. (3) Right up front the school is destroyed, so all the kids are suffering extreme grief from that...and it made the jokes and fun moments throughout the book feel off. I didn't feel the pizzaz and fast-paced excitement I'd hoped for.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sylvie

    I've always heard good things about Rick Riordan's books, especially about 'Percy Jackson' series. But since I watched PJ movies first (and didn't like them very much, mostly the second) that made me not want to read the books, although I lowkey wanted to read at least one book by him. The fact this book is his most recent and that it's a stand-alone is the perfect opportunity for me to give it a try. I've always heard good things about Rick Riordan's books, especially about 'Percy Jackson' series. But since I watched PJ movies first (and didn't like them very much, mostly the second) that made me not want to read the books, although I lowkey wanted to read at least one book by him. The fact this book is his most recent and that it's a stand-alone is the perfect opportunity for me to give it a try.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rae

    As if the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea retelling isn't enough, it just has to have like the most aesthetically-pleasing cover basically begging me to take it home, huh. As if the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea retelling isn't enough, it just has to have like the most aesthetically-pleasing cover basically begging me to take it home, huh.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Rick Riordan: *writes a book* Me, 0.1 seconds later: *smashes 'Want to read' button* Rick Riordan: *writes a book* Me, 0.1 seconds later: *smashes 'Want to read' button*

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cat Carstairs

    NO ONE TOLD ME THAT RICK WAS WRITING ANOTHER BOOK?!?! GOODREADS YOU HAVE BETRAYED ME

  19. 5 out of 5

    Luna

    Am I really interested in the plot of this book? No. Will I still read it because of all the research Rick Riordan did to write it? Yes.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Brinkman

    Excuse me?! How was I not aware of this?!

  21. 5 out of 5

    lu

    holy SHIT HOLY FUCK WHAAAAT 20000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA MARKED MY CHILDHOOD CAPTAIN NEMO MARKED MY CHILDHOOD JULES VERNE MARKED MY CHILDHOOD AND RICK RIORDAN TOO AND NOW YOU'RE TELLING ME MY FAVORITE CHILDHOOD AUTHOR IS MAKING A REIMAGINATION OF ONE OF MY FAVORITE CHILDHOOD BOOKS??!!! IS THIS HOW BEING IN HEAVEN FEELS LIKE?!!! jun-03-2021 COVER UPDATE :O i expected the cover to be way more epic but MAN holy SHIT HOLY FUCK WHAAAAT 20000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA MARKED MY CHILDHOOD CAPTAIN NEMO MARKED MY CHILDHOOD JULES VERNE MARKED MY CHILDHOOD AND RICK RIORDAN TOO AND NOW YOU'RE TELLING ME MY FAVORITE CHILDHOOD AUTHOR IS MAKING A REIMAGINATION OF ONE OF MY FAVORITE CHILDHOOD BOOKS??!!! IS THIS HOW BEING IN HEAVEN FEELS LIKE?!!! jun-03-2021 COVER UPDATE :O i expected the cover to be way more epic but MAN

  22. 4 out of 5

    liz˳✧༚

    *aggressively smashes tbr button* Will this dude ever stop

  23. 5 out of 5

    oscar wilde’s bitch

    2.5 i feel like i had a too high expectations for this … i’ve never given a rick riordan book such a low rating and it hurts my soul a little bit to do so

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    An epic deep sea adventure, reimagining 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, from the author of the Percy Jackson series. This was brim full of diversity representation, from autistic crew mates to an Indian lead protagonist. It was nice to see, and have it be an important part of Ana, but first and foremost she's a Dolphin, crew member and school mate. It also doesn't shy away from mentioning periods and, you know, normal uterus functions. Again, uncommon in books, but always appreciated. The whole ca An epic deep sea adventure, reimagining 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, from the author of the Percy Jackson series. This was brim full of diversity representation, from autistic crew mates to an Indian lead protagonist. It was nice to see, and have it be an important part of Ana, but first and foremost she's a Dolphin, crew member and school mate. It also doesn't shy away from mentioning periods and, you know, normal uterus functions. Again, uncommon in books, but always appreciated. The whole cast of characters are wonderfully different and well developed, and I appreciated the extra care and attention that had clearly been given in making them all as authentic and genuine as possible. The plot is also really fast paced. From 20 pages in we go from one disaster to another with Ana and the crew and that speed doesn't let up until the very last page. Because of this it feels incredibly engaging and exciting to read, with sea monsters and a sentient AI submarine that feels like a lot of the old adventure stories. However, this is also its main flaw. At around the 20 page mark our lead protagonist Ana witnesses a cataclysmic event which changes and shapes the whole book. However, because we don't yet know these characters and haven't developed any kind of attachment it looses the shock factor it's probably going for, and I found I didn't really care. It was only towards the last third of the book, once this emotional bond had formed between reader and characters, that I started to find myself invested, but largely it felt a little too late. I'd love to see this series continue, as there's so much scope for adventures and exploration of the deep seas. Also, now that I know these characters better I think I'd be more attached to what happens.

  25. 4 out of 5

    roseinkedpages

    it’s Rick Riordan, of course I’m going to read it. what else did you expect?

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ayla Greenbriar-Carstairs

    *frantic screaming* The cover The synopsis The title EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL

  27. 4 out of 5

    Fanna

    11.06.2021 i mean, who would say no to something rick riordan writes.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ritz

    It's a Rick Riordon book? And the main character is a brown girl?? Count me in. It's a Rick Riordon book? And the main character is a brown girl?? Count me in.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nadine

    Daughter of the Deep is Riordan’s latest and greatest as he brings readers on an action packed adventure steeped in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. Riordan has proven time and time again that he understands the need for diverse characters in fiction, so it’s unsurprising that Daughter of the Deep succeeds with its representation. Some of the most impactful representation is through the Indian protagonist, Ana. There are also themes of colonialism throughout the novel. If you’re unaw Daughter of the Deep is Riordan’s latest and greatest as he brings readers on an action packed adventure steeped in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. Riordan has proven time and time again that he understands the need for diverse characters in fiction, so it’s unsurprising that Daughter of the Deep succeeds with its representation. Some of the most impactful representation is through the Indian protagonist, Ana. There are also themes of colonialism throughout the novel. If you’re unaware of the history behind 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, make sure to read the forward as it has a lot of information. As mentioned previously 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is at the core of Daughter of the Deep. Though it’s steeped in Verne’s lore, I never left like I was missing out for not having read it. There’s enough context that I never felt lost nor was there an abundance of information that I felt like I was drowning in it. Daughter of the Deep is a classic Riordan adventure story. It was action packed, funny, and taught readers something along the way. The characters in the story also face a significant amount of trauma. Though, this may not have been addressed as much as I would have liked. The pacing of the story didn’t allow for the characters to sit with the trauma and process it in any significant way. Perhaps Riordan will address this in another book, but kids/young adults are a lot more resilient than we think. Side note: since Ana is coming of age she experiences periods and Riordan specifically mentions it. However, it’s not a passing mention, Riordan spent a little time addressing it and the associated pain. Overall, Daughter of the Deep may not be as well loved as Percy Jackson, but it offers readers a story rich with lore, mystery, and adventure with a diverse cast of characters.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hailey

    I loved it! So much! Surprise level 0, it’s Uncle Rick. But still! Loved it!

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