A Librarian Reads…

And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness

Bathsheba never wanted to be a hunter. But her grandmother prophesies it, and whales never ignore a prophecy. So she trains. But when her mother is killed by men, she is determined to join with the greatest captain there is—Captain Alexandria—so that she can exact her revenge. Her wish is granted, and she joins in the captain’s hunt for Toby Wick, the man who has slaughtered more whales than anyone. And when they find a human, the sole survivor on his ship, who has a message from Toby Wick himself, it seems the captain’s hunt might finally come to an end. But as Bathsheba, assigned as translator, gets to know the human, she starts to question the hatred that has grown between men and whales, and to doubt the need for so much killing.

This retelling of Moby Dick from the whales’ point-of-view is compelling and thought-provoking. You don’t have to have read the original (I haven’t) to understand and enjoy the tale. Recommended for mature readers in high school and up.

* Listened to on Audio CD

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