Friday, January 11, 2019
And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness
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 on a final, vengeful hunt, one that will forever change the worlds of both whales and men.
(Synopsis from Goodreads).
I love Patrick Ness's books. I've read most of the ones that he has released, and there were only one or two that I didn't enjoy. Recently, I found out that he released a new book, And the Ocean was Our Sky. As soon as I saw it was available, I knew I had to read it. Unsurprisingly, I loved it.
And the Ocean was Our Sky might be one of the most original stories I've ever read. The premise was intriguing, unlike anything I had ever heard of before. I listened to the audiobook, which made things confusing at the beginning. It took me a while to realize I was listening to the whale's perspective. After figuring that out though, the audiobook kept me constantly listening without taking a break, which is unusual for me. I wanted to know how things between Bathsheba and the human were going to end.
Patrick Ness did a great job at writing such a thought provoking book. It really made me think about why we treat animals (and people) the way we do, and what we can learn from seeing things in a different perspective. It was also really sad to read at times. A certain scene definitely made me cry, although I think part of that was from hearing the amount of emotion the narrator put into that scene. I also found the ending to be shocking. I did not expect everything to happen with Toby Wick the way it played out. It definitely blindsided me.
Once again, Patrick Ness has written a great book, although that shouldn't be a surprise by now. I really enjoyed And the Ocean Was Our Sky. I listened to it in audiobook, which I definitely recommend. The narrator really brought something special to the story. My only regret in not reading a physical copy is that I didn't get to see any of the illustrations, which I've heard are beautiful. Oh well, that just gives me an excuse to pick a physical copy, and read this wonderful story again.
I give And the Ocean Was Our Sky: 4/5.
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I received this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.