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~READ KINDLE ♸ The Beast of Cretacea ♳ Formerly titled The Peril Below, this is my first sciencefiction adventure novel In it, teens are sent to other planets to harvest resources and bring them back to the environmentally ravaged Earth It centers on Ishmael, who discovers the truth about his illfated expedition, and the obsessions of the mysterious captain of his ship, Ahab
From School Library Journal: A riveting tale that harkens back to the highseas adventures of old, full of pirate encounters and other harrowing nautical perils Strasser’s pacing is flawless, and his characters well drawn While Ishmael’s true past is unveiled slowly, readers will find themselves drawn to his obvious bravery and loyalty from the very first page Additionally, Strasser weaves futuristic technology into an oldfashioned maritime expedition seamlessly, resulting in a setting that feels timeless Readers need not be familiar with Melville’s MobyDick to enjoy Strasser’s take on it, although those who are should be pleased with the faithful homages VERDICT A mustread maritime adventure story for a new generation. 4.5 STARS When 17 year old Ishmael awakens from stasis, he finds himself on board the Pequod along with 3 other nippers – Pip, Gwen, and Queequeg – learning to fish for terrafin They have signed on to this ship on a distant planet to earn money to rescue their families back on Earth, a planet dying from an ecological disaster Their trip will take a frightening turn when the Captain decides to pursue the legendary Great Terrafin that destroyed his previous ship.If this all sounds familiar, it should Yes, this is Moby Dick in space! It’s a future world where the earth has been virtually destroyed, the ultrawealthy “Gilded” live a very different life from everyone else, and time travel exists Strasser’s storytelling is quick and exciting, his characters believable and even though the basic story is wellknown, it sounds new The big climax isn’t really a surprise, but it doesn’t matter This is a great addition to the scifi/dystopian genre. Creative, engaging, not overly preachy I don't know much about Melville's original book, but I did appreciate the nods to several of his works. I loved this book! Action packed with great twists and turns Good lessons in morality, sustainability, and environmentalism Better than Moby Dick, as this story moves along Could be read by anyone 7th grade and up. This book was incredible! I have to admit that even though the description intrigued me, I was somewhat leery about reading it! First of all, the 414 page size was a little intimidating, even for an avid reader like myself Also, the references to Herman Melville’s Moby Dick kind of worried me I tried to read that classic when I was in high school and only made it about 30 pages into the book because it was so incredibly dry and boring That was definitely NOT the case with this book! Strasser just dumps you right into the middle of the story and then draws you along as things progress And progress they do! It seems there is just one adventure after another for the main characters Even in the down times of the storyline, when not much is happening to progress the plot, there is generally a lot of character building stuff going on anyway, not to mention vivid worldbuilding descriptions And the author’s writing style is so good that the narrative just flows along, making the journey enjoyable even when nothing much is happening I really appreciated most of the characters, although some were definitelyfleshed out than others, and some were just plain odd I especially liked the friendship that developed between Ishmael and his original core group of workmates: Billy, Queequeg, Pip, and Gwen That they are all strangers to begin with seems impossible by the end when they have become like family to one another The integrity and honor that they show, despite the dire circumstances they often find themselves in, is a real credit to Ishmael and the leadership qualities he possesses, even though he initially seems totally unaware if his own positive attributes In fact, it is watching each of the characters grow and come into their own that is especially satisfying about the story I was rather surprised that Ishmael didn’t takeheed once on Cretacea of the final request Old Ben made of him while still on Earth As it turns out, learning what you do later, I don’t see how he could have done anything differently But it seemed like he could and should at least have tried I was quite intrigued by a couple of rather unexpected plot twists toward the end, which in hindsight should have beenapparent Strasser does an excellent job of weaving just enough detail into the story to make it all come together in the end, without giving too much away up front (Without offering any spoilers myself, I was very happy, in a melancholy sort of way, to discover in the end what became of Ishmael’s foster brother Archie!)Even though I rather enjoyed the (apparent) ending, I did think that it felt very rushed The story progresses slowly over about 400 pages – and then seems to wrap everything in about the last 14 pages! I felt like there could have been a lotexplained andtime taken to make it better understood Overall though, it was a very clever story, with an interesting take on a classic, an entertaining read and overall a very good book I received this book free from The Reading Room in exchange for an honest review. Strasser, apparently using the patented William Goldman good bits formula, offers up a scifi teen rewrite of Moby Dick, which I'm fairly had all our unspoken votes for Classic Novel Least Likely To Get Rebooted as YA Smartly, Strasser's version only hews to the plot points people who've never read Moby Dick will know ship, whale(like thing), Ishmael, Ahab tossing out the random chapters on cetology and how to render oil from blubber in favor of a backstory about an environmental collapse on Earth forcing its lowerclass youth to work offworld in the hopes of making a better life We still get Ishmael and Queequeg's buddy origin story, but instead of the patented Melville filler on the nature of whiteness between whalesightings, Strasser offers up pirates and lifeextending serums and a tribe full of islanders that are part Robinson Crusoe and part Lost Boys It may not be the stuff 19th century American classics are made of, but it's certainly muchreadable.In the midst of all the action, Strasser has crafted a plot that's also (unsurprisingly, given his other work) a sharp societal critique He pointedly calls out the wealthgap, using the phrase Gilded for the novel's 1%, evoking the late 19th century's era of Rockefellers, Astors, and Carnegies and the economic pattern we seem to be repeating today From these societal ills he draws a direct line to environmental collapse, making no bones about just who will wind up the victims of the 6th extinction It's pretty heavy stuff, and occasionally a bit heavyhanded, but then scifi has always been a conduit for commentary If I have any beef, it's that I'm not sure I see how Strasser's themes mesh with Melville's, which makes the choice of Moby Dick as a vehicle for this message feelrandom than it probably seemed to the author Strasser takes the most iconic bits of Melville and adapts them into a distinctly 21st century story full as full of passionate beliefs as of action and adventure It's totally worth boarding the Pequod oncein pursuit of this new Beast. For starters such a good book I thought it was beautifully done It lost a star because it got really preachy at the end, but it's forgivable I am kind of a shell of the man I was earlier This book played with me so much Also I want to slap a rich person *looks around quickly* where is Donald trump? Having not read Moby Dick, I cannot comment on this as an adaptation, but in and of itself, this was a great book about the corruption of greed Would have been better had he named some animals but all in all I am a fan. Ishmael, an orphan from a devestated, future earth is given a chance at a new start when he joins as crew heading to alien worlds But the ship's future is threatened by the obbsession of the captain, Ahab.Oh my god this book was so boring.I don't know why I thought I'd like this book I'm not a fan of boating novels, of Moby Dick or anything else this book had to offer But still I thought I'd like it Maybe because in 6th grade I enjoyed the author's previous work, The Wave But I don't even know where to begin with this one.The characters, ugh they were as flat as a pancake No, not even a pancake A piece of tape that gets stuck on your shoe, maybe Even the one character who seemed like she could be interesting, Gwen, turn out to be as boring as the rest Honestly, I have nothing good to say about any of the characters, who were all suppose to have sad and mysterious backgrounds but just came across as boring and blown up The author's writing, in ability, was not bad at all But he wrote about such boring things I never want to read about boating (space boating? Like I don't even know.) again As a wee 3rd grader, I was told that because of my high reading level, I could only read certain books Most of these were things like Jule Vern's novels and the Swiss Family Robinson There is a lot of boattalk in these books, creating a deep hatred for boating in novels It's also annoying how this is made out to be a scifi, space adventure type novel, but it's not; they just stay on a planet similar to earth Honestly, I don't even know what else to say I'm grateful for the chance to work with this book, but wish I was reading something else the whole time.