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

  • ꧁ ℨαrα ꧂

    ★★★★★★★★★★ (yes I just did that)

    I haven’t read Moby Dick and only have a vague idea of its plot, so I had no true point of reference while reading this book.

    ○ The writing style is so completely unique and one of the biggest highlights for me. Writing from the perspective of a whale allows Patrick Ness to get creative with his prose and styl

    ★★★★★★★★★★ (yes I just did that)

    I haven’t read Moby Dick and only have a vague idea of its plot, so I had no true point of reference while reading this book.

    ○ The writing style is so completely unique and one of the biggest highlights for me. Writing from the perspective of a whale allows Patrick Ness to get creative with his prose and style of storytelling.

    ○ I’m someone who loves symbolism and analysing and interpreting deeper meanings in books. This one has a

    of that, and I was in my element.

    ○ I found dynamic between whales and man truly fascinating. So many parallels can be drawn between these fictitious societies and our world.

    ○ Dark illustrations in a non-middle grade book.

    ○ The interior of this book is

    . My eyes have been blessed by Rovina Cai’s illustrations.

    ○ Seriously, I could stare at them all day. They add a whole new dimension to the reading experience.

    . The final pages after the climax of the book were so amazingly beautifully superbly astonishingly breathtakingly

    brilliant. It is poetry. It’s honestly worth reading the whole book for that.

    ○ IT ENDED TOO QUICKLY (I know that this is a good thing but I need cons to balance this out okay).

    ○ The premise may not be everyone’s cup of tea as it’s quite peculiar.

    ○ The middle didn’t fully capture my attention and I found myself struggling to concentrate.

    (this book is a landmine for quotes)

    ★★★★☆½ and rounding up because THE ENDING.

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    1. Patrick Ness.

    2. Rovina Cai - I ADORE HER ART.

    3. A peculiar premise.

    This is the definition of happiness, so p l e a s e don’t disappoint.

  • Lisa

    Whoever sets out to fight the Devil will eventually find him - inside!

    Monsters are Patrick Ness' expertise. And they come in various shapes, and tell stories from different perspectives. In this novel he lets the whales tell the story of hunting and vengeance that we all know from the unforgettable Captain Ahab. There is a Moby Dick in each society if there are people who believe in his power and are willing to turn into a mirror of him in order to fulfil the prophesy of hatred, fight and exclus

    Whoever sets out to fight the Devil will eventually find him - inside!

    Monsters are Patrick Ness' expertise. And they come in various shapes, and tell stories from different perspectives. In this novel he lets the whales tell the story of hunting and vengeance that we all know from the unforgettable Captain Ahab. There is a Moby Dick in each society if there are people who believe in his power and are willing to turn into a mirror of him in order to fulfil the prophesy of hatred, fight and exclusive honour.

    Patrick Ness shows the self-absorbed hunter for fame, and the absurdly loyal acolyte, and the doubter and thinker in their timeless roles - but in the shape of whales, not humans. They fight and kill in an eternal vicious circle of vendetta for lost lives among their own. A bleak story, but with a sense of hope. The way out of violence is respect for the individual and communication across the enemy's borders. But who can actually do that, trained and drilled in partisanship? Taught to think in demonising patterns? Or alone in doubts?

    Knowing more about the enemy is the key to stop hating and fearing him.

    To enhance the powerful message of the paradigm shifting story, it is illustrated in black and white, emphasised with increasing colour signals in red. The artwork tells as much about the climax of the fight as the warning voice of the huntress herself: if you think this life is admirable, you haven't understood what I am telling you, she says. And that is true for so many people. Heroism looks glorious from far away. In close-up, it is a black ocean striped in red pain.

    Does fear of the devil make him rise? That is the message of this tale:

    "Take my name as the warning of where our fears will lead us, where the devils we make will destroy us all."

    As she hears whispers of a new devil killing whales, Bathsheba tells her tale of peace, against death masked as glory.

    Listen to her!

  • 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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  • 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

  • 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.

  • V (lady⚔️crow)

    *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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