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Seventeen-year-old Ishmael has volunteered for a dangerous assignment – a vaguely outlined stint on Cretacea, where he will work with other adventurers in an untamed environment, harvesting resources bound for Earth. Only the dismal outlook on Earth makes this option seem appealing. Stripped of its natural resources, covered in a perpetual shroud, and dangerously low on breathable air, Earth holds few attractions for Ishmael. His foster family is his only concern, but his foster brother is now h
For Ishmael and his onboard companions, adventures abound in this cleverly crafted homage to Moby Dick. References to Moby Dick (for those familiar with them) are plentiful; however, The Beast of Cretacea is a sci-fi book for the modern age, despite its similarities to Melville’s classic. The Beast of Cretacea confronts modern issues of environmental degradation, resource depletion, wealth and privilege, scientific possibility, and of course, the transcendent coming-of-age issue. Breathtaking excitement is measured with thought-provoking ideas, a rich plotline, and occasional flashbacks. At least one great twist awaits.
For ponderers, sci-fi enthusiasts, and adventure fans seeking a little something extra. Best for ages 12 and up.
I received two copies of this book. One from LibraryThing Early Reviewers and another from the author, at my request. My thanks for both copies, which will go to my book club members.
really liked it
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