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And the Ocean Was Our Sky

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,141 Ratings  ·  386 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Walker Books
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Emily May
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
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 is still one of my all time favourites.

That being
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
C.G. Drews
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 going to be like A Monster Calls, but eh? Not really. It's extremely metaphorical and basically a fable that talks about war turning people into monsters, and how sometimes you make monsters by forever pursuing violen ...more
Dec 06, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: to-buy
'scuse me all I wanna say is OH MY GOD THIS COVER OH MY GOD thanks for your attention.
Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it
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 because it is all about the symbolism. The story is confusi
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
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.
꧁ ℨαrα ꧂
Plot ~ Concept: ★★★★★
~ Execution: ★★★★☆
Pacing: ★★★☆☆
Writing style: ★★★★★
Characters: ★★★★★
World: ★★★★★
Enjoyment: ★★★★☆
Illustrations: ★★★★★
★★★★★★★★★★ (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.

○ 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
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 novel, Release, could have prepared me for this one
joey (thoughts and afterthoughts)
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-review
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 reading:
yes, i hope the whales win. humans suck.

- Full
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 niekto podobne anonymní?

Zavrel som dvere, oči aj uši pred svetom a napísal som to,
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 polnoci. CHYBA.

Každá. Jedna. Nessova. Kniha. Je. Úplne. Iná.

Táto je o húfe veľrýb, ktorý
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, 2018, kindle-books
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 world where whales hunt humans the same way humans hunt th
Rusty Grey
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 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 captivating . And the atmosphere created is fantas
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
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 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 saving grace for me was the beautiful illustration
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 thankfully brief enough for me to have a second to read it.
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gorgeous-covers

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 are gorgeous. And it's not even a finished copy!
The world-building is okay, it doesn't feel info-dumpy.
Because the whales call our sky the Abyss, and from their perspective, they swim down to meet the surface?
It's so interesting but SO WEIRD
It's a
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


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 appreciate the irony.

It's a short book, so I am not going

Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. 😚💞
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 and although I was immensly excited going into this
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"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, quite hard to talk about. I would only urge you t
Dec 10, 2017 marked it as to-read
Neil (or bleed)
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"For there are devils in the deep, but worst are the ones we make."
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-releases
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 will and our ability to make choices and the entire dyn
Shorouk Abd Elhamed
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful story . I couldn't give it less than 5 stars.
The characters here are whales and a human. I liked how the author made them female whales and they were going to save their whole race.I loved the conversations between the whale and the man . I loved how the ending came peacefully (view spoiler).The author hadn't tried to make story so complex or long . The author just made you think and that was enough.

The great trick of the dev
Joey Rambles
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Personal Ranking of All the Patrick Ness Novels

So, since there are far too many Patrick Ness novels and I haven't done a review for any of them, I've decided to do this list instead. (And all of this is spoiler-free, so don't worry.)

Here, in my not-so-humble opinion, is a ranking of all the Patrick Ness novels including this one:

9. The Crane Wife

It only makes sense that the book starting off this list isn't terrible. This is Patrick Ness we're talking about, of course.

But also... this is Pa
Review to come.

In the meantime...

This is gorgeously illustrated, and an interesting take on Moby Dick (something I must admit to not having read), in which the story is told from the point of view of a whale who hunts men as vengeance for the harm they do to whales...

The whales talk of and follow the trail of a legendary human who kills many whales with only a single ship... and his name is Toby Wick.

There are some things that sit weirdly, like the fact that they somehow manufacture and control
Līga Sproģe
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2018
Oh, Patrick...


Ar Patrika Nesa dīvainībām ir jārēķinās, un man tās patīk.
Bet šis. :/
Sākotnējais paziņojums par vaļiem un viņu pasauli likās tik superīgs. Tad pēdējā brīdī izrādījās, ka grāmata būs par Mobiju Diku apgrieztās lomās. Vaļi medīs nenoķeramo cilvēku mednieku.

Okay.Vēl nepārsteidzos ar secinājumiem. Arī sākot lasīt, kad agresija un asinis, un filozofija plūda ļoti bagātīgi. Grāmatām ir jāraisa emocijas, arī tumšās un ne tik komfortablās. Būtu atturējusies vispār no vērtējuma zvaigžņu v
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
This is a relatively short book, around 100 pages with illustrations, so I read it in one sitting and yet I'll probably be thinking about it for days.

I'll be honest with you:  I haven't read Moby Dick.  I know that it's a classic and there's all this symbolism but ... I don't care enough to sit down and read it.  I feel like it would be a chore.

From what I do know about the classic tale of Moby Dick, it would appear Patrick Ness has taken the basic plot and flipped it.  We're reading And the Oce
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Patrick Ness, an award-winning novelist, has written for England’s Radio 4 and Sunday Telegraph and is a literary critic for The Guardian. He has written many books, including the Chaos Walking Trilogy, The Crash of Hennington, Topics About Which I Know Nothing, and A Monster Calls.

He has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Co
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