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Title:
And the ocean was our sky
ISBN:
9780062860729

9780062877444
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]

©2018
Physical Description:
158 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Summary:
Presents a twist on themes from Moby Dick in the story of a proud warrior whale pod that attacks a ship before pursuing a near-mythical adversary on a vengeful hunt that risks the worlds of both whales and humans.
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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. 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.



With the lush, atmospheric art of Rovina Cai woven in throughout, this remarkable work by Patrick Ness turns the familiar tale of Moby Dick upside down and tells a story all its own with epic triumph and devastating fate.


Author Notes

Patrick Ness was born on October 17, 1971 near Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He studied English Literature and is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He was a corporate writer before moving to London in 1999. He taught creative writing at Oxford University and is a literary critic and reviewer for the Guardian and other major newspapers. He is the author of eight novels including The Rest of Us Just Live Here and a short story collection entitled Topics About Which I Know Nothing. His young adult novels include the Chaos Walking trilogy, More Than This, and Monsters of Men, which won the Carnegie Medal. A Monster Calls won the Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration, the Carnegie Medal, and was made into a movie and released in October 2016.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-As a young whale, Bathsheba was all too eager to join Captain Alexandra's crew hunting men for vengeance and the raw materials used in everyday whale life. But after years spent working her way up to Third Apprentice on the fiercest crew in the sea and sailing down toward the air-filled Abyss to hunt men, Bathsheba has begun to question the raw hatred that drives hunters in their constant war. Bathsheba's weary narrative is heavy with foreshadowing and circumspection as she relates the events that set her crew on a fateful hunt for the man Toby Wick-the devil known to whale and man for his terrible deeds and his fierce white ship. Ness channels Melville's original language well and uses the structure of Moby-Dick as a framework for this fast-paced and streamlined retelling filled with philosophical meditations and cautions against the violence of war and the power of prophecy-especially self-fulfilling ones. Cai's accompanying illustrations interspersed throughout bring the depths of the ocean to life with jarring, full-color artwork that calls back to the haunting setting and anguished tone of the narrative. VERDICT An excellent, stirring counterpoint to the original text, rife with questions about the inexorable nature of belief and violence.-Emma Carbone, Brooklyn Public Library © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

Like Melville's Moby Dick, on which it is based, Ness's profound tale is one of obsession and prophecy, with a twist-it's told from the whale's perspective. The narrative introduces readers to a flipped world in which a technologically advanced Cetacean society dominates the oceans. "Call me Bathsheba," the whale narrator intones, recounting her pod's ill-fated hunt for the mythical human killer of whales, Toby Wick ("Our devil. Our monster. Our myth"). Led by Captain Alexandra-the most storied of the captains, a harpoon buried in her head-Third Apprentice Bathsheba and the Alexandra's other apprentices happen upon the wreck of a human ship. They find a single man alive, his hand protruding from the hull and clutching a disk (a message? a map?). Realizing they are on the trail of Toby Wick, the whales take the human hostage, then take to the hunt. In expansive illustrations by Cai (Tintinnula), rendered in inky washes and linework that mimics the ocean's currents, the whales fly through the water, rendered above, not below, the air-filled "abyss" that humans inhabit. The whale epic, particularly Bathsheba's discussions with the human hostage, mounts an exploration of inherited prejudices, violence justified, and the far-reaching consequences of war. Ages 13-up. Author's agent: Michelle Kass, Michelle Kass Assoc. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

*Starred Review* In his latest, the critically acclaimed and wildly divergent Ness (Release, 2017), never one for convention, takes the story of Moby-Dick, pares it down to its basic parts, and quite literally inverts it. In Bathsheba's world, whales and men are at war. Bathsheba, a whale, destined for the hunt since birth, swims with a fierce pod of warriors, harpoons strapped to their back. Behind them, they tow their ship, filled with supplies; above them is the fathomless ocean; and below is the Abyss, where mankind sails. Bathsheba is an apprentice to the legendary Captain Alexandra, and the captain has a singular goal: to find and destroy whalekind's near-mythical enemy, a man named Toby Wick. But when the whales take a human hostage and Bathsheba becomes his keeper, she begins to question everything she knows about this never-ending war, the price of vengeance, the monsters she can fight, and the ones she may have made. Ness' writing spare, thought-provoking, and already dramatic is utterly enhanced by Cai's breathtaking artwork. Its ghostly palette of silvery-gray, occasionally touched by wisps of red blood or traces of orange fire, adds a haunting, ethereal element to an already gripping tale. This is message-driven, but it's a needed message, especially now; its surrealist elements pull it away from didacticism and unforgettably toward fable. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Cross-genre dabbling has gained Ness hordes of fans a number that's only going to grow with the release of the Chaos Walking film next year and they'll be eager to see what he does next.--Maggie Reagan Copyright 2018 Booklist