The Night Ship, Jess Kidd

A dark ocean sits above an orange sky with clouds. There is a shadowed ship with several masts floating in the ocean, in front of an orange moon. The sky above is dark and full of stars.

The Night Ship isn’t releasing until October. But this came via a Goodreads giveaway, and anyone that has won there knows they email you to remind you to review the book. Which then had me worried if I didn’t review it promptly, I wouldn’t eventually win future books. I know I can’t be the only one with that problem. So anyway, here’s a super early review.

“The world can think you’re all wrong if there’s one person who thinks you’re just right.”

I haven’t read Kidd before, but if this book is anything like her other books, that is something I will correct immediately. Unfortunately, this is a book I made very few notes in because I was so caught up in the story. Told in alternating timelines and perspectives, this is a unique story that I’m not sure many people would know of.

From the first few chapters, I felt the book fuse to my hands, willing me not to put it down. I loved Gil’s love of life and that his mother encouraged him to, above all, be happy. Alternatively, I adored Mayken. I loved her imagination, curiosity, and her enduring strength. She desired to be a rough and tumble sailor, but took care of others first and foremost.

This book is absolutely stunning. It’s also very haunting, and even knowing how things would turn out, brought me to tears. I felt utterly wrecked. The Night Ship is a beautiful book that will stay with me for a very long time. Thank you, Atria, for sending this absolute gem along.

Book Links (releasing October 4th, seriously, preorder this)


About the Book

Based on a real-life event, an epic historical novel from the award-winning author of Things in Jars that illuminates the lives of two characters: a girl shipwrecked on an island off Western Australia and, three hundred years later, a boy finding a home with his grandfather on the very same island.

1629: A newly orphaned young girl named Mayken is bound for the Dutch East Indies on the Batavia, one of the greatest ships of the Dutch Golden Age. Curious and mischievous, Mayken spends the long journey going on misadventures above and below the deck, searching for a mythical monster. But the true monsters might be closer than she thinks.

1989: A lonely boy named Gil is sent to live off the coast of Western Australia among the seasonal fishing community where his late mother once resided. There, on the tiny reef-shrouded island, he discovers the story of an infamous shipwreck…​

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