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 With harpoons strapped to their backs, the proud whales of Bathsheba's pod live for the hunt, fighting in the ongoing...

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Title:And the Ocean Was Our Sky
Author:Patrick Ness
ISBN:And the Ocean Was Our Sky
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  • And The Ocean Was Our Sky
  • And the Ocean Was Our Sky
  • And The Ocean Was Our Sky
  • Og havet var vores himmel
  • E l'oceano era il nostro cielo
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:160 pages pages

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  • Emily May
    Apr 16, 2018
    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 ...
  • Julie
    Sep 08, 2018
    A really interesting and unique take on Moby Dick, from the whale's POV. ...
  • Heidi The Reader
    Jan 08, 2019
    "But now, here, once and for all, I set down my tale. I am not who I was then. I said I was ignorant, and I am not wrong, though by that point I had learned that men lived upside down from us, that for them the ocean was below, the Abyss above, our gravities only meeting at the surface...
  • jessica
    Nov 11, 2018
    'for there are devils in the deep, but worst are the ones we make.' 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. t...
  • C.G. Drews
    Jan 11, 2018
    This is an extremely beautiful book and the illustrations were just !! Which is how you write a super good review, kids, by saying your opinion is "!!!" ahem. Anyway. This isn't really like any of the other Patrick Ness books I've read. I thought, since it had illustrations, it was goi...
  • Anne ✨
    Nov 04, 2018
    I am a big fan of Patrick Ness! I admire that he's not afraid to probe the darker side of human nature, and that his books really make you think. On the surface, you might think you're reading a simple fable with beautiful accompanying illustrations. But you soon start to see the darke...
  • Alison
    Dec 28, 2018
    4.5 STARS I thoroughly enjoyed this and thought it was such a unique retelling of Moby Dick (also grateful for the SMALL version of the story). This is from the point of view of a whale (not going to lie, it took me an embarrassing amount of time to realize this) who is part of a hu...
  • Whispering Stories
    Jan 02, 2019
    Book Reviewed by Nia on I?m not going to analyse this book too hard in search deeper meanings beyond a vague ?enemies aren?t always who/what you expect? and ?war sucks? because it?ll only give me a headache and I always wonder if authors are r...
  • Cassandra {semi-hiatus}
    May 16, 2018
    *Thank you to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!* "Will the world end in darkness because it is foretold? Or becasue there will be those who believe is so strongly they will make it so? In the fear that I always try to hide in my heart, I wonde...
  • joey (thoughts and afterthoughts)
    Mar 19, 2018
    Holy fuck, whale feels are real feels. This is like a second coming of A Monster Calls, except not. The art, the themes, the collision of everything at the end to give us Ness' usual one-two punch of truth. My goodness are the visuals in this book is stunning. I may have been iffy w...
  • Ellen Gail
    Jul 09, 2018
    Moving day is finally almost here (this Thursday!) which is why I am 15 books behind schedule and haven't read anything in ages. Sometimes I'm still awake at 3am and I decide to try to read after packing for hours and it doesn't work. This is not relevant to this book at all, just m...
  • Lisa
    Oct 16, 2018
    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 ...
  • Benjamin
    Aug 05, 2018
    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Full Review Posted ? This book is a mixture of Finding Nemo and Moby Dick with blood, philosophy and talking whales as protagonists. Will there be a time when a man is prepared enough to review a philosophical book about w...
  • Romie
    Dec 25, 2018
    this book isn't just about whales and men fighting each other. it's about a whale realising that nothing is completely written, that you can always rewrite the story, even a few pages before its end. it's about peace, it's about devils, and how we make them. (4.5) ?For there are d...
  • Kai
    Dec 06, 2017
    'scuse me all I wanna say is OH MY GOD THIS COVER OH MY GOD thanks for your attention. ...
  • Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
    Oct 12, 2018
    T/W- Scenes of Drowning, Blood Having read and hated the original Moby Dick novel a few months ago, I went into this with somewhat high expectations. This is a re-imagine from the POV of a whale. I like reading stories with animal POVs, however, this story didn't grasp me as much as...
  • ~vatana~
    Dec 06, 2017
    *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. ...
  • - ̗̀ DANY  ̖́- (danyreads)
    Dec 18, 2018
    . : ?? ? 5 ? READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!! ?For who needs devils when you have men?? I truly think Patrick Ness assumes his ultimate form as a writer when he writes short books like this one. also when he writes about weird stuff. you know...
  • Rana⚡
    Jan 09, 2019
    It was Okay, but seriously?? This is not a retelling of moby dick. The only similarity is.... you guessed it, WHALES.And whatever that creature called toby wick that i wont even talk about cause its name is way too extra. It could've been better if A) It had nothing to do w...
  • Sven
    Jan 11, 2019
    ?The great trick of the devil is to make you want to see him. But it is only when you see him that you fear him. And by then, it is too late.? Patrick Ness is an author who likes to take risks. He dares to tackle some less obvious subjects. Even in YA books Patrick Ness talks ab...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Mar 19, 2018
    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...
  • Elizabeth Sagan
    Feb 17, 2019
    Books are so weird. Art in general is like that. I loved this one to pieces. And, as I sometimes do, after I finished it I went straight on Goodreads to read both the positive and the negative reviews. Especially the negative ones. The 1 stars. Because, of course, "how could someone ra...
  • Hamad
    Sep 15, 2018
    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription ? 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 yo...
  • ℨαrα
    Sep 30, 2018
    Plot ~ Concept: ????? ~ Execution: ????? Pacing: ????? Writing style: ????? Characters: ????? World: ????? Enjoyment: ????? Illustrations: ????? Cover: ?????????? (yes I just di...
  • Leore
    Oct 23, 2018
    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...
  • Kaya
    Jul 12, 2018
    4.5 I know this was short but I literally just read that in one sitting. Patrick Ness can somehow turn a whale story into something deep and thought-provoking. Dang. My Thoughts Okay first of all, let me tell you that the illustrations aregorgeous.And it's not even a finishe...
  • Rusty Grey
    Apr 05, 2018
    2.5 stars I'm gonna keep it short . I didn't like this very much . But the beautiful illustrations were exceptional . And I've given half stars for the illustrations alone . And the Ocean Was Our Sky is Moby Dick's retelling . If I say anything more than this , then it would be ...
  • Renee Godding
    Jul 06, 2019
    ??For there are devils in the deep But the worst are the ones we make?? 3.5/5 stars As with most of Patrick Ness' books, I'm not sure if this premise spawned from the mind of a genius, a mad-man, or perhaps a little bit of both... And the Ocean Was Our Sky is a sort ...
  • Darce
    Jul 11, 2019
    "For who needs devils when you have men?" holy shit. i really need to make a 'goddamn intense' shelf on goodreads, because this book didn't fit into any others. i haven't read the original moby dick, so i don't know how similar this was, but let me tell you that it was definite...
  • Drewthereader19
    Oct 10, 2018
    This was my 6th book I read this month and it sadly is my least favorite book of the month. I'm sad to say that because I was highly anticpating this novel. But it didn't live up to my hype!(: ...