And the Ocean Was Our Sky

And the Ocean Was Our Sky

With harpoons strapped to their backs, the proud whales of Bathsheba's pod live for the hunt, fighting in the ongoing war against the world of men. When they attack a ship bobbing on the surface of the Abyss, they expect to find easy prey. Instead, they find the trail of a myth, a monster, perhaps the devil himself...As their relentless Captain leads the chase, they embark...

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Title:And the Ocean Was Our Sky
Author:Patrick Ness
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And the Ocean Was Our Sky Reviews

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    This is a lovely illustrated graphic novel about the need to analyze war beyond simple prophecy. Patrick Ness really shines when given a basic thematic core to live off of; even a simple story like this feels super engrossing in the context of the gorgeous art.

    So what I like about this story is the commentary on war and prejudice. Within this story, the primary dynamic is between the whale world and the human world - the human world resents the whales as killers, and the whale world resents the

    This is a lovely illustrated graphic novel about the need to analyze war beyond simple prophecy. Patrick Ness really shines when given a basic thematic core to live off of; even a simple story like this feels super engrossing in the context of the gorgeous art.

    So what I like about this story is the commentary on war and prejudice. Within this story, the primary dynamic is between the whale world and the human world - the human world resents the whales as killers, and the whale world resents the humans as killers. And the world of whales lives in fear of a monstrous creature known as Toby Wick. The main theme here is the idea that a side of a war is not a monolith. Every person of a certain population is not the same, do not think the same. And villainizing one side, blaming a monolith for the sins of one, will not end well.

    The writing is a bit dry, and I'm sure it won't work for everyone, but I adored slipping into this mythic world, and I

    looking at the art. And the art wasn't even finished in my arc. I want so much more of Rovina Cai's art.

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  • Leore

    3.5/5 stars!

    This was my ninth Patrick Ness read and I sure wasn’t disappointed. Usually his books are a hit or miss for me but that still keeps him as one of my favourite authors of all time. I also got my copy personally signed by the author as I was very lucky he toured near me and I got to meet him!

    I love how each and every book he writing explores different genres and ideas making each one unique in its own way. The Ocean is our Sky has definitely done just that.

    This was a retelling of Moby

    3.5/5 stars!

    This was my ninth Patrick Ness read and I sure wasn’t disappointed. Usually his books are a hit or miss for me but that still keeps him as one of my favourite authors of all time. I also got my copy personally signed by the author as I was very lucky he toured near me and I got to meet him!

    I love how each and every book he writing explores different genres and ideas making each one unique in its own way. The Ocean is our Sky has definitely done just that.

    This was a retelling of Moby Dick (which I haven’t read but I went to the author’s promo tour of this book and during his speech answering audience questions he did say you didn’t need to have read it to read this one) which sounds interesting enough, but creatively, it’s from the perspective of a whale, Bathsheba.

    The writing was gorgeous and I find that with all of PN’s books, he’s just a good writer who knows how to captivate his readers. It was filled with beautiful phrases that just make you think and feel for the characters.

    The plot was probably the thing that brought down the rating for me. While I liked it I kept getting confused about what was going on and I felt there were scenes included in that weren’t really needed. Also the ending was kind of predictable sadly.

    The illustrations were perfect. I don’t know whether I would’ve understood the story as much without them and they were just so pretty to look at!

    I wouldn’t recommend this one if you haven’t read any other Patrick Ness books before (I’d recommend More Than This or Release) but it’s definitely a stunningly beautiful book to try out later on.

    ‘’For there are devils in the deep

    But the worst are the ones

    We make’’

  • Hamad

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found

    🌟 This is a short story by Patrick Ness, in under 160 pages, we have a kind of “Moby Dick” re-telling. It also has great illustrations which helped understanding the quirkiness of this story. If you are already familiar with Patrick, then you know that he has the strangest ideas and I am always rooting for creative authors! I like that this was from Whales POV because it is all about the symbolism. The story is confusi

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found

    🌟 This is a short story by Patrick Ness, in under 160 pages, we have a kind of “Moby Dick” re-telling. It also has great illustrations which helped understanding the quirkiness of this story. If you are already familiar with Patrick, then you know that he has the strangest ideas and I am always rooting for creative authors! I like that this was from Whales POV because it is all about the symbolism. The story is confusing at first but then we quickly understand everything and there is that “Ahaaa” moment where everything clicks in and it makes sense.

    🌟 This is not supposed to be a children or a MG story just because it is illustrated, this is a story that can be read fast if you have an hour or a bit more to spare and it shows how Rumors affect us and how we turn ourselves into monsters while claiming to fight monsters. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars!

  • Regan

    3.75

  • jessica

    there is no doubt that patrick ness is gifted when it comes to writing. every word he puts to paper is a thing of beauty, if not poetry. the way he tells stories is unparalleled and this book was no exception.

    this was a uniquely told reverse retelling of moby dick, where the whales hunt humans. and even though i admire the creativity that went into creating this story, im not sure the content matter was for me. if i had prior ex

    there is no doubt that patrick ness is gifted when it comes to writing. every word he puts to paper is a thing of beauty, if not poetry. the way he tells stories is unparalleled and this book was no exception.

    this was a uniquely told reverse retelling of moby dick, where the whales hunt humans. and even though i admire the creativity that went into creating this story, im not sure the content matter was for me. if i had prior experience with the story of moby dick, then i may have enjoyed it more. but honestly, i just wasnt in love with it.

    but thats not to say it wasnt a good story. its a short and quick read, with qualities reminiscent of a bedtime tale. and the illustrations are stunning. this is perfect for any fans of ness!

  • Emily May

    An interesting message but, unfortunately, it seems no amount of interesting messages can make a story about a pod of whales not boring. Sorry.

    I've definitely said this before but I'd like to stress it again: I love that Patrick Ness gets creative. He thinks outside of the box. He doesn't care for tropes or trends; he simply looks to tell an interesting and unique story. That's why I will keep reading his books. And

    is still one of my all time favourites.

    That being

    An interesting message but, unfortunately, it seems no amount of interesting messages can make a story about a pod of whales not boring. Sorry.

    I've definitely said this before but I'd like to stress it again: I love that Patrick Ness gets creative. He thinks outside of the box. He doesn't care for tropes or trends; he simply looks to tell an interesting and unique story. That's why I will keep reading his books. And

    is still one of my all time favourites.

    That being said,

    . In

    , I really enjoyed the emotional chapters about a teenage boy coming to terms with his sexuality in a deeply religious family, but the weird magical realism chapters did nothing for me. Here, I appreciated the messages that emerged at the very end, but the story of the whales hunting Toby Wick (yes, it's a retelling of

    from the perspective of a whale) almost put me to sleep.

    The book is ultimately about the power and danger of rumour; how believing in whispered half-truths or lies can create the devils you fear. Fascinating concept, but I think this message is only realized in the final few pages of the book. In Ness's accompanying note, he says that the message was not the original intention and, in fact, grew out of a different kind of story-- I think this is obvious in the reading. It feels tagged on like an afterthought.

    The story itself was very dry. We follow a pod of whales who hunt humans and, particularly, the infamous "Toby Wick" who allegedly terrorizes the seas. No one has actually seen Toby Wick but he is known to be a monster. It's only a short book, but it is not compelling. As much as I tried, I just could not care that much about these whales. They were not anthropomorphized, and the limited emotions they showed throughout made me feel no emotion towards them.

    The piles of "liked" and "didn't like" of Patrick Ness's books are pretty even at this point. Sadly,

    was one more added to the latter.

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  • Kai

    'scuse me all I wanna say is OH MY GOD THIS COVER OH MY GOD thanks for your attention.

  • ~vatana~

    *whisper* patrick ness is writing a new book.

    *jump on a table* Patrick Ness is writing a new book.

    *bang pots and pans* PATRICK NESS IS WRITING A NEW BOOK.

  • C.G. Drews

    Which is how you write a super good review, kids, by saying your opinion is "!!!" ahem.

    . This isn't really like any of the other Patrick Ness books I've read. I thought, since it had illustrations, it was going to be like

    , but eh? Not really. It's extremely metaphorical and basically a fable that talks about war turning people into monsters, and how sometimes you

    monsters by forever pursuing violen

    Which is how you write a super good review, kids, by saying your opinion is "!!!" ahem.

    . This isn't really like any of the other Patrick Ness books I've read. I thought, since it had illustrations, it was going to be like

    , but eh? Not really. It's extremely metaphorical and basically a fable that talks about war turning people into monsters, and how sometimes you

    monsters by forever pursuing violence instead of choosing peace.

    So good stuff. I like.

    I have nOT read Moby Dick and all I know is that there's a whale, ok. I'm...I can't even with me either. (I'm legit going to go wikipedia the synopsis after this ha ha.) I don't think you need to know the original to appreciate this one! But basically

    Which is...weird. But cool! I was onboard with that (LOL LOL SHIP PUN). Although the whales also had ships and that was confusing. I also still have 0% of an idea who/what Toby Wick was. I am

    .

    I, personally, am more of a black-and-white-reader, so

    It's a very fable and old/fashion style, which I had to really

    focus on to stay engaged. But the illustrations were GORGEOUS. And they got sUPER dark (so um, yes, this is not middle-grade ok). And I also want to raise my hand and just say: "THANK YOU. ADULTS DESERVE ILLUSTRATIONS TOO." 10/10 would like all books to have more illustrations.

    All there were several times when I was pretty confused, haha. (A whale narrated?! A wHALE HAD A HARPOON.)

    (Love this quite because it comes up a lot in

    go series a LOT and I am here for Patrick Ness continually pointing at men and saying, "YOU'RE RUINING EVERYTHING." Mood.)

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