Monday, September 3, 2018

My Thoughts: And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness
And the Ocean Was Our Sky
by Patrick Ness
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Publication Date: September 4th 2018
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9780062860729
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Edelweiss

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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. (Goodreads)

I have had quite a few of Patrick Ness’s books on my to-read list for quite a while now, and have only had the pleasure of reading one so far, A Monster Calls. So when I discovered this new book, And the Ocean Was Our Sky, I was instantly curious, and I couldn’t wait to check the book out!

Let me first start by saying that this book was not at all what I was expecting. I guess I didn’t read the summary for the book well enough, and I probably should have re-read it before starting the book. *blush* It took me a minute to catch on to the fact that the narrator of the story was, in fact, a whale. And not just any whale, but an apprentice whale who, along with the rest of her whale pod, fights an ongoing war against the world of men.

Yep, you totally read that right.

So, what can I say about this book?? The storyline was definitely interesting once I figured out what was going on and really got into the story. It was interesting to read the story from the viewpoint of a whale, especially what happens to them at the hands of men. The story took a bit of a twist near the end, and that’s when things started getting a little bit confusing for me, but I flew through the story anyways just to see what was going to happen next. This book was a really quick read for me, coming in at just 160 pages, and some of those were illustrations. (I read a review copy of this book so I didn’t get to see the final illustrations, but I am definitely curious to check it out.)

Overall; While it took me a while to catch on to the story, And The Ocean Was Our Sky was a definitely a quick, interesting read. Reading the book has made me want to check out more books by Patrick Ness, and since I have so many of his books on my to-read list already, I am excited to finally check some of them out, hopefully soon!

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