Review: The Ship Beyond Time

Posted March 9, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments

Review: The Ship Beyond TimeThe Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig
Series: The Girl from Everywhere #2
Published by Greenwillow Books on February 28th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, romance
Pages: 464
Format: Paperback
Source: the publisher
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The breathtaking sequel to the acclaimed The Girl from Everywhere. Nix has escaped her past, but when the person she loves most is at risk, even the daughter of a time traveler may not be able to outrun her fate—no matter where she goes. Fans of Rae Carson, Alexandra Bracken, and Outlander will fall hard for Heidi Heilig’s sweeping fantasy.
Nix has spent her whole life journeying to places both real and imagined aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. And now it’s finally time for her to take the helm. Her father has given up his obsession to save her mother—and possibly erase Nix’s existence—and Nix’s future lies bright before her. Until she learns that she is destined to lose the one she loves. But her relationship with Kash—best friend, thief, charmer extraordinaire—is only just beginning. How can she bear to lose him? How can she bear to become as adrift and alone as her father?
Desperate to change her fate, Nix takes her crew to a mythical utopia to meet another Navigator who promises to teach her how to manipulate time. But everything in this utopia is constantly changing, and nothing is what it seems—not even her relationship with Kash. Nix must grapple with whether anyone can escape her destiny, her history, her choices. Heidi Heilig weaves fantasy, history, and romance together to tackle questions of free will, fate, and what it means to love another person. But at the center of this adventure are the extraordinary, multifaceted, and multicultural characters that leap off the page, and an intricate, recognizable world that has no bounds. The sequel—and conclusion—to the indie darling The Girl from Everywhere will be devoured by fans of Rachel Hartman and Maggie Stiefvater. Includes black-and-white maps.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

After months of lackluster and disappointing sequels, leave it to Heidi Heilig to blow my mind. I’m not sure why I was even a little concerned. I was loved The Girl From Everywhere last year and The Ship Beyond Time is no different.

This book is everything I’ve ever wanted in a Time Traveling Pirate book. In The Girl from Everywhere, Heidi set up the rules for the universe. It’s possible to Navigate through time and even to mythical lands as long as a Navigator has a Map of where they are trying to go. You can go there, but you can’t change the past or what your future fate is. Except is that true? The Ship Beyond Time calls everything you know into question. 

If The Girl From Everywhere was about family, The Ship Beyond time is about destiny. Are we all controlled by divine decree or do we have control over our own fates? I loved this exploration. Is destiny real and we are all bound to our inevitable future or is time malleable and with careful planning you can escape the future? Slade spent much of The Girl from Everywhere focused on getting back to Nix’s mom in Hawaii. In The Ship Beyond Time, it’s Nix who is trying to change her fate. Joss has said she would lose her love. Now that she has recognized that love in Kashmir, she’s not willing to take the chance of ending up like her father.

This book has all the mind bending time travel and Navigation you are looking for. It’s a race through time to save a mythological princess. It’s got all the twists and turns that you want with that incredibly satisfying final realization when everything comes together. If you liked the first, one, you will love the sequel.





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