The Wide, Wide Sea is set in the past, at a time before the Spackle War, and we get a first look at the fishing village on the sea where some very important things happen at the end of Monsters of Men.
Best read after The Ask and the Answer but before Monsters.
Mini Review :
Patrick Ness has this ability to lure you in even in a few short pages. The story took place years before, when Mistress Coyle still lived beside the vast ocean. The main character of the book is different, his name is Declan. I love that name1.
This short story, believe it or not, is a Spackle-Human romance story. I never could imagine how that will work, because the Spackles were described as, well I found one from Deviant Art by SgtMilenko, and I think this is the best representation of them. Declan was in love with Ti, a Spackle.
This was an astonishing prequel to The Ask and the Answer. For me, it was like having an interracial relationship. Some people look down on people who are in one, and I think that was what Patrick Ness was trying to convey in this amazing, yet powerful short story. I am not going into details, but really, Ness practically had me frightened of how humans can be in certain situations that don’t sit well with society. He made me a believer of Declan and Ti’s relationship. I rooted for them until the very end.
You can read it online by going here.
Read on August 17, 2013
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