There was no doubt in my mind, when I heard that Patrick Ness was releasing a new book, that I would pick it up. Patrick Ness has been one of my favorite authors since I read The Knife of Never Letting Go back in 2012.
And then I heard it was a reimagining of Moby Dick from the perspective of the whale and I was even more intrigued. Though I will admit that even though I have a degree in English Literature, I’ve managed never to read Moby Dick myself. After reading And the Ocean Was Our Sky, though? I might rethink that position.
If I do, I’m skipping all the whaling chapters, because why?
So I’m thinking — can the end of a war really bring about peace? And are people monstrous, or do they just commit monstrous acts? Can we say that the peace-bringer and the warmonger are the same person? So many thoughts. So many questions. Here’s my review.
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#bookaday And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness. #snrtbs This was a 2 1/2 hour listen that, even though the story ended I’m still thinking about. It was a meditation on staring into the abyss, the dangers of prejudice, and the importance of perspective. A number of people found it dry – I did not. But I did find it rather heady. I also think I missed out on the illustrations (I’m waiting on the e-book) – I think they might alleviate some of my confusion. Everyone says they’re stunning. Read this for deep thoughts.