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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.(again, hints of things to come) - Patrick Ness...

Title : The Wide, Wide Sea
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ISBN : 17926807
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Number of Pages : 39 Pages
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The Wide, Wide Sea Reviews

  • karen
    2018-12-23 05:16

    WELCOME TO DECEMBER PROJECT!last year, i carved out my own short story advent calendar as my project for december, and it was so much fun i decided to do it again this year! so, each day during the month of december, i will be reading a short story and doing the barest minimum of a review because ain't no one got time for that and i'm already so far behind in all the things. however, i will be posting story links in case anyone wants to read the stories themselves and show off how maybe someone could have time for that. here is a link to the first story in last year's project, in turn links to the whole monthlong project, in case you wanna do some free short story reading of your own! links to the stories in this year's advent-ure will be at the end of each review. enjoy, and the happiest of decembers to you all!DECEMBER 5His heart moved when he saw her, that was as far as he could explain it. He could see her heart move when she saw him, too, and if they couldn’t be physical in the way that the whole stupid town seemed to spend far too much time trying to imagine, then there were other ways they could invent. Even better, in their shared Noise, they could be intimate in a way completely different than anything he’d ever known. Enough to stop the has been a long time since i read this trilogy, and at first i was a bit confused about what was going on, but patrick ness writes the kinds of things that are scored on your heart forever, so it didn't take me very long to pick up the thread and remember all of the things. typically beautiful and heartbreaking stuff. you don't even necessarily need to read the trilogy for this one - you won't understand all of the details, sure, but the idea of star-crossed companions doesn't need much context to make the point ache. read it for yourself here: 1DECEMBER 2DECEMBER 3DECEMBER 4DECEMBER 6DECEMBER 7DECEMBER 8DECEMBER 9DECEMBER 10DECEMBER 11DECEMBER 12DECEMBER 13DECEMBER 14DECEMBER 15DECEMBER 16DECEMBER 17DECEMBER 18DECEMBER 19DECEMBER 20DECEMBER 21DECEMBER 22DECEMBER 23DECEMBER 24DECEMBER 25DECEMBER 26DECEMBER 27DECEMBER 28DECEMBER 29DECEMBER 30DECEMBER 31

  • Dannii Elle
    2019-01-13 09:00

    This is a prequel short story to the Chaos Walking trilogy and can be found here.Set thirteen years before the events that take place in the main trilogy, this might add nothing to the main narrative but opens up the world brilliantly. Declan Lowe and the rest of his community are fleeing from their seaside town to live in the larger city of Haven. Fishing is brutal in the new world, where the fish herd and hunt the people rather the other way around, and they are starving. Hunger matters little for Declan, however, when he falls in love with a Spackle native.In usual Ness style, this is heartrendingly poignant and left me wanting to know more about each of the characters involved. I relish any chance to once again immerse myself in this beloved dystopian world, despite the cliffhanger endings and the pervading sadness: reading this reminds me how brutal Ness is to his readers' feelings!

  • Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩
    2019-01-11 04:55

    Attention Chaos Walking fans! You can read this story as well as "The New World" and "Snowscape" by going here!Note: If you haven't read the whole trilogy yet, this story is best read between The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men. “We would do what we must. The world is big. Surely there is a space in it for one like you and one like me.”There are few authors who have the ability to rip my heart out and stomp on it in the span of less than 40 pages.Damn it, Patrick Ness. Just … damn it. I went into these Chaos Walking short stories without really knowing what they were about. This one takes place thirteen years before the rest of the series, or something like that. Some of the characters are the same, but you know … different main character. So at first I'm like, "Yeah okay whatever, la di da."But I shortly came to realize … OMG THIS IS A SPACKLE-HUMAN ROMANCE.WHAAAT. CRAZY.At first, I wasn't sure how to feel about this––I mean, I guess the idea just hadn't really occurred to me before. But of course, Patrick Ness executes it beautifully. After being rather disappointed in his most recent novel, The Crane Wife, my faith in his writing was instantly restored.This is an amazing story––so short but so emotional and powerful. Once I was about halfway through it, I was already practically shaking. Patrick Ness is able to create such a vivid and frightening world––from its physically scary aspects, like the giant man-eating fish, to the more socially/emotionally terrifying aspects, like the humans' prejudices against the Spackle. Even though it's a fictional, imaginary world, the issues are very real––very reminiscent of real-life racism and/or homophobia. Even in such a small space, I really believed in the romance between the two main characters and was rooting for them the whole time. I won't spoil anything, but I'll just say … Patrick Ness puts the reader through quite an emotional rollercoaster.In short, this was incredible. I think the Chaos Walking trilogy is perfect on its own, but these little stories really help to flesh out the world and make the reader think about it from many different angles.

  • Vladimir
    2019-01-08 09:10

    Priča nas vraća trinaest godina unatrag....Declan & Ti <3Veoma emotivno i budi nadu za ono što predstoji...

  • Ashley Daviau
    2018-12-30 04:13

    I found this story a tad confusing at first as it featured characters that had not previously been introduced and we were given no context beforehand. Once I managed to understand what was happening and where the story was going, I did end up enjoying it. I thought the idea was interesting and had actually wondered if anything like that might happen. It was also interesting to see the Spackle from a different perspective. All in all I did enjoy this story but at the same time I feel like we could have done without it and thought it was irrelevant to the story.

  • Sarah
    2019-01-06 09:09

    A really nice short story! I always wondered whether people ever fell in love with Spackle and I'm happy I got to see that it did happen. I loved Declan and Ti's story and now I want to know what happened next! Great writing as per usual by Patrick Ness. I also feel like Patrick Ness is writing these short stories because he genuinely wants to give us different insights into the world he created. Sometimes I think authors just write short stories, other novellas (etc) to make more money or to bleed an idea dry but this really isn't the case with these stories.

  • Stella☢FAYZ☢ Chen
    2018-12-30 02:22

    I knew sort of what I was getting into with Snowscape, which happens after Monsters of Men, but The Wide Wide Sea was a complete surprise. Tears were shed, hearts where torn, and once again I was reminded of how evil (and brilliant) Patrick Ness is.This story was touching, and I really light it shed on certain relationships the readers might not have thought of.Patrick Ness, I declare you The King of Heartaches.I still haven't recovered from what you did to me with the rest of your books and now you throw in this. I might be in therapy for the rest of my life, for all I know.

  • - ̗̀ jennet ̖́-
    2019-01-13 03:53

    I never thought a human and a spackle could fall in love, but here I am. Wow.

  • Tania
    2019-01-05 07:59

    The town had started with optimism, moved into defiance, before slowly, slowly, slowly collapsing into defeat.Another lovely short story in my best-loved dystopian series. Once again Patrick Ness does not disappoint. In this very short installment he manages to paint a beautiful picture of love, give some social commentary and deliver a surprise ending to this sad story.If you have not read Chaos Walking: A Trilogy, it's definitely time to remedy it.

  • Izzy
    2019-01-21 05:02

    I didn't think a 40-page novella would make me cry.This series keeps surprising me.(If you'd like to read this and the other two novellas of the series, they're all available for free on the Chaos Walking website!)

  • Denisse
    2019-01-03 06:15

    Sweet. Patrick Ness knows what he's doing. Short but powerful, a great story and an interesting view of an important character in the Chaos Walking sequels.

  • John Velo
    2018-12-23 06:10

    Yes! This novella was great! It provides its readers with a history of how things were before the big Spackle vs Humans war. Exactly 13 years before The Knife of Never Letting Go. And just wow. Patrick Ness, you're too good!Totally shipping Declan and Ti. I didn't see this kind of relationship coming! Though I can't help but wonder where do they fit in at the present time of this series' story.Loved the backstory of Mistress Nicola Coyle too.

  • Sakina (aforestofbooks)
    2018-12-22 00:54

    I was really mad at first and now I’m like I don’t know how I feel I still hate Mistress Coyle and I hope to God we see Declan again

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    2018-12-29 01:03


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  • Lucy
    2018-12-26 05:14

    I really hope that Declan and Ti will somehow find a way to be in the third book. They could change a lot! ❤️

  • Marjolein
    2018-12-31 00:58

    Full review to come!

  • Jade at Bedtime Bookworm
    2018-12-22 05:16

    This review was originally posted on Bedtime Bookworm** This is a novella in the Chaos Walking series. Even though events in this book take place long before the beginning of the series, it's best to be read between the second and third book. This review may contain spoilers for previous books in this series. ** Amazing! It never ceases to amaze me how Patrick Ness can pull at my heartstrings. I loved this novella SO MUCH!! This novella (mostly) doesn't have anything to do with the characters in the rest of the series. There is really only one character in this novella that is present in the rest of the series. This novella is a love story, centered around two new characters. In just 39 pages, Patrick Ness was able to get me so invested in these new characters that there were tears in my eyes before it was over - which I think is amazing considering the length of this novella. I honestly wish I could know more about what happens to these characters - I need to know what happened to them! I'm really glad I read it before Monsters of Men because it gave me a lot of insight into the Spackle. P.S. This novella is available as a free download from Scrib'd. It also comes included in the newer version of The Ask and The Answer.

  • Siobhan
    2019-01-05 07:10

    This is a beautiful short story. In fact, it is my favourite short story in relation to the series.It’s so nice to be able to see events that take place prior to the events we’re watching unfold in the main books, so nice to see characters from the past. Whilst it was nice to see characters from the main trilogy appear within this story I found myself enjoying the new characters more.In fact, I’d go so far as to say I loved these characters more and would love to find out more about them and what happened. Actually, I’d love an entire spinoff series detailing events (both before and after this short story) as I loved them so much.Without a doubt this is my favourite of the three short stories we’re given.

  • cyborgcinderella
    2019-01-19 02:53

    This was a neat little tidbit after all that happened in The Ask and The Answer. I liked getting a different perspective on the world these people live in and especially what happened with the spackle. I thought this story was really cool and gave neat insight into how the spackle interact with people. I also liked getting a little bit more romance than what we're given in the main story. However this was just as sad as the main stories have been, so I didn't enjoy it as much as I would've liked. The ending was happy but I definitely felt sadder more often than not while reading it. Basically I liked the background this story offered but I didn't like the way it made me feel.

  • Jean Claudia (Bookish Poetess)
    2019-01-02 07:04

    "I'll give you up. If I have to. If it keeps you safe.""But what makes you think I will give you up?"A different kind of love from two different species. It's bittersweet. It's a love story of 'us against the world' kind of feel. A love enough to stop the world. And I've seen the kindness of Mistess Coyle! I feel a little more symphatetic to her.Anyways, I really wanted to know more about Declan and Ti's lovestory. I found myself demanding for more these past few days, huh? Jeez. I can never get enough of Chaos Walking, eh?

  • Kaethe
    2019-01-03 01:59

    July 18, 2014Not too spoilery, but best read in its proper place after The Ask and the AnswerIt's delightful when authors are as good with short as with long forms, and I really, really love that writers are filling in episodes and/or exploring other characters from their own books.

  • Jenn
    2019-01-17 08:03

    Wow, in less than 40 pages Ness managed to capture both the brilliance of falling in love and the heartbreak of losing everything. I think I may have liked this more than the actual books themselves. A forbidden love story of a human and a Spackle - both turned away by their people for their feelings. And wow, that ending. Not at all what I expected!

  • Sebastian
    2019-01-21 00:56

    This novella didn't really add anything important to the overall story but this human/Spackle romance was actually kinda cute and a nice bonus.

  • Anton
    2019-01-10 02:10

    Nothing amazing, but entertaining and thought provoking. I hope these characters show up in Monsters of Men.

  • Erika
    2018-12-31 03:10

    I don't think this adds anything of importance to the trilogy. And I thought it was cheesy.

  • Vicki
    2018-12-31 03:58

    Okay, so I did something very strange. I saw this was very short and had an URL to click on so I was curious and clicked on it. I haven't read anything else in the series so I was a wee bit confused about "showing" and "Noise" but I think I figured it out. So Declan and Ti are from different places, different worlds. Theirs is a Romeo and Juliet type of love in that no one wanted them together due to their lack of being "the same." There was so much intensity in this short read that I was pulled, hatred, monsters, enemies, war, hope. What reading this out of order did for me is make me want to go find The Knife of Never Letting Go and start the series. Mistress Coyle...gotta love that woman!

  • Scarlett
    2018-12-23 09:00

    I really liked this short story about a human boy and a Spackle girl who fall in love despite the ridicule from both of their families. I especially liked this depiction of Spackle as actual individuals with language and feelings just like people. I really hope we get more of this in the third book! It also gives some background information on Mistress Coyle which just confuses my feelings about her even more. Can't wait to read the third.

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    2018-12-27 05:08


  • Dre
    2019-01-09 03:20

    Originally posted @ Sporadic ReadsPatrick 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 name ((may be my future baby's name)).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. Originally posted @ Sporadic Reads