And The Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness, ILLUSTRATED BY ROVINA CAI
Genre: Retelling, Magical Realism, Graphic Novel
Publisher: Walker Books
Rating: 3.61 stars (Goodreads)
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.
The story of a whale and her pod, trying to find the horrible monster killing so many of them, a monstrous man everyone thinks it’s a legend, but is he? With prophecies, humans against whales and a weird friend ship this is by far one of the strangest and interesting books i read in a while.
“Call me Batsheba” is the way this book starts. I never read Moby Dick, but i’m guessing this is a retelling of that story, but from the whale’s point of view. Another clue was the fact that the monstrous man was called Toby Wick, which just can’t be a coincidence.
The book tells the story of how whales decided to give hunt to humans as they give hunt to them. It gives them a place, a name, a personality and you can’t help but feel the sorrow for their loss.
The book is magnetic, an increible ode to animals and the way they live. Not to mention the illustrations on this book are amazingly beautiful.
Other than that, i don’t know what to say, i don’t wanna spoil much of the book since it’s a short one. But i totally recommend it to anyone looking for a special retelling of Moby Dick or a moving book about animals and the way they feel. Although there isn’t much talking about feelings.
I don’t know, the book moved me a lot. Especially knowing the way whales are hunted every day. Obviously they aren’t the only animals, but sometimes we forget some of them, because they live far away from us.
I gave this book 4 stars, and I hope you give it a chance.
Have you read the book? If so, what did you think about it? Should i read Moby Dick? Don’t forget to leave your comment down below!
Happy Readings ♥