Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Book Review: The Ship Beyond Time [The Girl from Everywhere #2] by Heidi Heilig

Title: The Ship Beyond Time
Author: Heidi Heilig
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Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Series: The Girl from Everywhere #2
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Publication Date: 9th March 2017
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
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.
My Thoughts
Its no secret that I struggled with the start of this series, but soon found myself hooked. Knowing that The Ship Beyond Time was being published did make me excited to see how this story for Nix ends. I wanted to read this one earlier than intended, but life got in the way and pushed back all of my books, including this one.

The Ship Beyond Time picks up with the crew escaping from Royal Hawaiian Guard, with Nix having to take them somewhere else fast. Their fast escape takes them to New York, where they meet a mysterious stranger who has a map and a letter for Nix, as well as how to retrieve thier stolen map.
The new map takes them to Ker-Ys, a mythical city that was eventually flooded by the sea when the walls meant to protect them we opened. The letter promises that by going to this mythical city, Nix will learn how she can change the past, and her future. The story Nix knows for this mythical city however, is not the story she is told when she gets the letter and map. But she sees this as proof of being able to change the past, or the future, and is determined to follow this lead to save her father, herself, and Kash.

The Ship Beyond Time takes us on an amazing adventure with Nix and the crew as she heads out to find the truth. But this journey also brings her someone who is dearly missed, and thier arrival certainly leaves a lot of questions for Nix to ask. Their trip to Ker-Ys however isn't as easy as they imagined, with changes to the story that only Nix can see, discoveries over past navigators, and the chance to see if the story is true or not comes with a lot of dangers.

I liked the addition of a new story and new people to this book. I've never heard of Ker-Ys before so I did have to have a quick look to find out more about this story. With a new island comes new people and ways of life, and I have to admire Nix for stubbornly refusing to follow like a sheep, and make her own judgements about the situation. The problem of losing one she loves certainly puts a damper on things as she is determined that no-one goes into a dangerous situation where she is likely to lose them. I enjoyed the mystery of the story itself, and the ever present doubt over whether it was possible for Nix to change the past or not.  The addition of other possibilities was an interesting addition, and made you question what would happen between not so friendly crew members when they had to make tough choices.

Final Verdict
The ending of The Ship Beyond Time wasn't one I expected, and I did shed quite a few tears over it all. I'm hoping that we get to see a possible future, a small book to show us how it all ends, I know for a fact I'd snap it up in seconds.

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