Book Review: Down With This Ship

review-cover-down with this shipTitle: Down With This Ship

Author: Katie Kingman

Genre: Contemporary Young Adult

Rating: 3 Stars



Kole Miller does one thing really well: write fanfiction for the show The Space Game. Everything else is a struggle: like managing her anxiety, frequent crushes, and plans after high school. But when her blog, Spacer, wins a major fanfiction contest, her traffic soars.

With massive readership comes criticism Kole isn’t prepared for, including getting stuck in the heated ship wars surrounding the show. And then an invitation to speak at The Space Game’s official convention arrives in her inbox.

When the most competitive kids in her Creative Writing class discover Kole’s writing Spacer, her blog is taken hostage and she risks them hitting ctrl+A+del on Spacer. To win it back, Kole must face both her inner demons and the ones at Crystal Lake High before they make the drama not just about The Space Game, but about Kole herself.


I’m very tentatively giving Down With This Ship by Katie Kingman 3-stars. Here’s the thing… there’s a very specific audience for this book, and if you aren’t part of that target audience (like I’m not), you most likely aren’t going to enjoy this book. The story leans heavily into the fan-fiction culture and has a very contemporary teen feel to it… and that isn’t going to be for everyone.

If you are a teen, and you enjoy fan fiction – you’ll actually probably love this book. You’ll be able to relate to it, and you’ll get a kick out of the hijinks. If you’re an adult though… I’d pass this one up.

Personally, the writing wasn’t great. There wasn’t a lot of atmosphere or description. The main character was somewhat of a cynical brat and had very shallow relationships with those around her. As I said, if you’re a teenager, you’ll probably love every minute of drama-filled angst, but I wanted more. The teens in this book talked like they were in middle school. Despite being from a school that focuses on academics, none of the children seemed very smart or mature, and the parents were down-right awful. It was very cliché and tropey in some ways.

By the time I got to about 30% into the book, I was over it. Maybe part of that is because I don’t understand or appreciate the fan-fiction culture. Maybe not. For a teen, I’d rate this 4 stars, because I do think there’s a specific

group of people that are going to love this book to bits, although I don’t fall into that category… for the rest of us, maybe pass this one up.