The Beast of Cretacea

Todd Strasser
Star Rating
Reviewer's Rating
Apr 10, 2018

When Ishmael wakes up from stasis aboard the Pequod, he is amazed at how different this faraway planet is from the dying Earth he left behind. He is here to work, risking his life to hunt down enormous ocean-dwelling creatures to harvest and send back to the resource depleted Earth so he can save enough money to get his foster parents off Earth before it is too late. But time and again the chase boats are ordered to leave easy prey behind so they can pursue a dangerous and elusive monster, few people who have seen it have lived to tell the tale. One who has is Captain Ahab, who lost his leg to the beast and has been consumed by revenge ever since. But is there more to his obsession with the beast than a desire for vengeance?

Master storyteller Todd Strasser breathes new life into a great American classic—and takes readers on an epic adventure they won’t soon forget.

The world is intriguing, the characters fun, especially confrontations with shipmates and others. I can't help but feel the ending was a little rushed although I still enjoyed it.

Better than Moby Dick, as this story moves along. Could be read by anyone 7th grade and up.

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Olivia from Leawood Pioneer Library YAAC

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