And The Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness

And The Ocean Was Our Sky

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Monster Calls comes a richly illustrated and lyrical tale, one that asks harrowing questions about power, loyalty, obsession, and the monsters we make of others.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...

Details And The Ocean Was Our Sky

TitleAnd The Ocean Was Our Sky
Release DateSep 4th, 2018
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Retellings, Fiction

Reviews And The Ocean Was Our Sky

  • 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 The Knife of Never Letting Go ...
  • Regan
  • Hamad
    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 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 be...
  • 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 ...
  • ℨαrα
    Plot ~ Concept: ★★★★★ ~ Execution: ★★★★☆Pacing: ★★★☆☆Writing style: ★★★★★Characters: ★★★★★World: ★★★★★Enjoyment: ★★★★☆Illustrations: ★★★★★Cover: ★★★★★★★★★★ (yes I just did that)Note: 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. Pros: ○ The writing style is so compl...
  • 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 ...
  • Cassandra {semi-hiatus}
    *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 wonder if there is even a difference."This was a complete whirlwind of a novel. I have no idea where Patrick Ness's book ideas come from, but there was no way his previous n...
  • joey (thoughts and afterthoughts)
    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 with "Release", but damn it all, Ness has brought the good stuff in this Moby Dick re-telling.(Also a non-review but sea otters are still my fave.)thoughts prior to read...
  • Erik Fazekas
    Najťažší okamih v mojej editorskej kariére nastal, keď som si prečítal email, v ktorom stálo: "Patrick (Ness) a jeho agentka Michelle (tá, ktorá je vo venovaniach) by radi vedeli, čo si myslíš o ATOWOS." Zamysleli ste sa niekedy, čo povedať autorovi, ktorého ako jedného z mála obdivujete, o jeho knihe? A napísať to tak, aby to neboli prázdne reči, ktoré sa hádžu na obálku kníh, že to povedal New York Times alebo niekt...
  • 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 de...
  • Luu
    Keď Erik zverejnil svoju recenziu, pýtala som sa, či môžem ešte pred vydaním niečo napísať aj ja. A on že: "Až keď to preložíš."TAK SOM TO PRELOŽILA, OKEJ? A som rada, že som to spravila. Lebo keby som niečo písala bezprostredne po čítaní, vyzeralo by to úplne inak. Mala som totiž nesprávne očakávania: je to krátke, má to obrázky a je to o veľrybách, takže to isto bude metaforický doják ako Sedem minút po poln...
  • Benjamin
    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 whales and devil, created by the same human who wrote “A Monster Calls”?This is a very difficult book to rate. How am I supposed to rate the story of a talking whale, of a w...
  • Rusty Grey
    2.5 starsI'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 a spoiler . There is a lot of symbolism , and I get the message what the author wants to convey . But for the most part this book was dull . Patrick Ness' writing style is ...
  • Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
    T/W- Scenes of Drowning, BloodHaving 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 I thought it would. Patrick's writing style is something I've experienced before and was left unsure whether I was interested in reading another one of his books. The ...
  • Julie
    A really interesting and unique take on Moby Dick, from the whale's POV.
  • Ellen Gail
    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 me making excuses for being super tired and stressed and oh dear lord packing 10,000 boxes of books is this literal worst.Anyway. And the Ocean Was Our Sky was thankfull...
  • Drewthereader19
    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!(:
  • Kaya
    4.5I 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 ThoughtsOkay first of all, let me tell you that the illustrations are gorgeous. And it's not even a finished copy!The world-building is okay, it doesn't feel info-dumpy.I'M A CONFUSED FAIRYBecause the whales call our sky the Abyss, and from their perspective, they swim down to m...
  • Anne ✨
    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 darker aspects peek through. You're impressed with how cleverly it's presented, but you're not quite sure if you're feeling comfortable or not. And that's ok. I think it...
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 4.5*I'm not going to lie to you and say that it isn't a little strange reading from a whale's perspective. It is. But, in a way that only Patrick Ness could, it's turned into a tale that not only made me care about some whales, but provides a pretty honest and raw commentary on humanity. Via whales, and yes, I fully understand and appreci...
  • Azbaqiyah
    Plot - ⭐⭐⭐⭐Character - ⭐⭐⭐World Building - ⭐⭐⭐⭐Writing Style - ⭐⭐⭐⭐Cover - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Art Illustration - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Overall Rating - 4.7🌟 / 5🌟My first Patrick Ness book. To tell the truth, I was attracted by it's cover and I never though that I truly enjoy reading it. Maybe I should check his other books. 😚💞
  • Harley
    4.5 Stars.Oh my goodness, this is so incredibly beautiful. The illustrations, the writing, the story, just beautiful. I'm going to try to form words now, bear with me.I sat down to read this and didn't move a muscle until I finished it. Yes, the point of view is from a whale, how can someone write a book with the point of view from a whale and make it elegant? I don't know but Patrick Ness can. I felt sympathy and appreciation towards Bathsheba a...
  • Eloise
    "Why is Patrick Ness your favourite author?" I hear you ask...Because reading his books is always an experience like no other.It is always filled with emotion and unexpected elements that make each story unique and new in a way that a lot of popular novels I read (and love to read, don't get me wrong), don't.And The Ocean Was Our Sky does exactly that.4.5 ~ I have read no book quite like this one.It was a beautiful experience that is, I'll admit,...
  • Neil (or bleed)
    "For there are devils in the deep, but worst are the ones we make."
  • Zohal
    Patrick Ness has done it again! ☺ This is a beautiful story. It is an allegory about what happens when you let your hatred run free and don't challenge the lies that it sprouts. I loved how unique this story was and the illustrations were beautiful. I felt empathy for our main whale Bathsheba and the writing was lyrical as always. Truly Patrick Ness excels at giving us the stories we never knew we needed. I also loved the discussion on free wil...