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, Fiction, Retellings

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
  • jessica
    '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. 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 sur...
  • 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...
  • 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 writes explores different genres and ideas making each one unique in its own way. And the Ocean was our Sky has...
  • 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 ...
  • Heidi The Reader
    "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." pg 15Patrick Ness weaves a re-telling of Moby-Dick, or, the Whale from the point of view of the whales. It falls some what short of his usual magic.I think the t...
  • 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...
  • Whispering Stories
    Book Reviewed by Nia on www.whisperingstories.comI’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 really putting that much thought into subtext when they write or if they’re just enjoying spinning a good yarn for readers to enjoy at face value (I have no definitive...
  • 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 ...
  • Elizabeth Sagan
    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 rate this less than 5 stars?". Well, I believe you, people. I do believe it was a strange concept. But boy I loved it so much. I feel like it was so much more than ju...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Rana⚡
    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 with moby dick. or B) It had everything to do with mobydick, they could've stuck with the name and everything but the only difference is that it would've been from the whale's p...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Alison
    4.5 STARSI 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 hunting crew trying to find Toby Wick (ha ha). I thought this gave us a great glance into the life of the whales, a nice mixture of fantasy and reality blending. To see h...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Romie
    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 devils in the deep, but worst are the ones we make.’
  • - ̗̀ DANY ̖́- (danyreads)
    . : ☾⋆ — 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, like talking whales. And the Ocean Was Our Sky is a one-of-a-kind book. barely 160 pages long, but manages to portray and convey a powerful and thought-provoking message in a o...
  • Sven
    “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 about subjects that are not often explored in YA literature. And the Ocean Was Our Sky is one of those books. It's a retelling of Moby Dick but to be honest, to me it bec...
  • Julie
    A really interesting and unique take on Moby Dick, from the whale's POV.
  • 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...
  • 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!(: