Title: The Ship Beyond Time
Author: Heidi Heilig
Series: The Girl From Everywhere, #2
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Release Date: February 28th 2017
The breath-taking 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 traveller 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 centre 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.
– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com
This review may contain spoilers for previous book(s) in the series.
My Thoughts On…
After leaving Honolulu, their mission there a success and the map they chased after for so long finally in her father’s hands, Nix’s future seems bright. Slate has agreed to put his quest to save her mother, and potentially putting Nix’s life at risk in the process, on hold and there is the whole world just waiting to be explored. Until in crossing the Margins Kashmir falls overboard and Nix finally learns of a dark future foretold for her, one where she loses the one she loves at sea.
From that moment Nix is determined to find a way to save Kash from the fate that has already been foretold, and when she comes across another Navigator who needs her help to change the past she thinks she may have found the opportunity she needs. Taking control of the Temptation she travels with her crew to Ker-Ys, a mythical utopia that fell to the sea so many years ago, and a place the new Navigator claims he has saved from its dark fate.
However when the Temptation arrives in Ker-Ys nothing is what Nix expected; Crowhurst is not waiting to meet her, and the King from all the stories doesn’t seem to exist. It seems like there is less truths to the myths of Ker-Ys than Nix believed, but when she and Blake travel to the castle to explore it’s depths they come across a horrific sight; a body and a beast in the heart of a long since abandoned place.
Until all of a sudden Ker-Ys’s story is changed. Suddenly there is a King and the castle is no longer abandoned, but no one except Nix seems to remember the previous timeline. As Nix, Kash and Blake question whether Crowhurst really can change the past, a question that holds different ramifications for all their fates, they put not only their own lives in danger but the lives of everyone in Ker-Ys as well.
The first book in this duology was a favourite of mine, and a brilliant read as well, so I was incredibly excited to get started on The Ship Beyond Time when it was released. Unfortunately, although the bulk of the story was amazing, the ending really let this book down. I was left with a lot of unanswered questions and the ending felt too open for a conclusion to a series. It left this series feeling unfinished, and things I felt could have used more development were brushed aside to wrap up the story.
Nix has spent her whole life watching her father chase after his dreams of being reunite with her mother. She knows what love and grief can do to a person but when faced with the threat of losing Kash and sharing her father’s fate she becomes obsessed. She is determined to learn how to change the past, to learn how to save Kash knowing she doesn’t want to live without him.
Now that Nix knows how to Navigate she takes her place at the helm of the Temptation, directing the crew to Ker-Ys and navigating the city. Nix is a very stubborn and determined character, someone who craves adventure, and we see these traits in their best and worst light in this book.
Kashmir first boarded the Temptation from a city that was nothing more than a myth in the ‘real world’, and as such in this book he starts to question whether or not he is ‘real’. He doubts himself a lot in this book, doubts who he is and who he would be without Nix, and it was a really interesting direction for this character who was incredibly confident and self assured in the first book.
The relationship between Kashmir and Nix suffers in this book. In trying to save him before she loses him Nix seems to close herself off from Kash, protecting herself in some way from a future hurt. Kash, still trying to reach Nix, is forced to wonder who he would be without her. A hard question to answer when Nix has been such a large part of his life and his journey aboard the Temptation.
There were a lot of interesting side characters in this book. Crowhurst was a man who seemed to walk a fine line between genius and madman, and at the beginning you’re not sure which side of that line he stands on. Slate too became more in The Ship Beyond Time, more than a drug addicted man chasing after a dream. Blake, after everything that happened that led him aboard the Temptation, is reeling. He struggles with everything that happened in Honolulu before he left, and what history shows it means for his country.
One of my favourite parts of the first book was the concept used to travel through time to different countries and even myths. In The Girl From Everywhere I love the idea that, if you had a map you could wholly believe in, you could even travel to places that didn’t exist. This idea was explore in more depth in The Ship Beyond Time and I loved every second of it. Ker-Ys is a utopia, a city on the sea that fell like Atlantis did, and like all myths there were plenty of stories that surrounded its existence. It was interesting seeing hints at the original tale that were influenced by the arrival of Nix and her crew. Another thing that was explored more in this book was the affect Navigators have on the past. It was brushed over in the first book but in this one it was the bulk of the story and the conflict the character face. It was wonderful seeing how everything tied together at the very end, how the smallest and seemingly inconsequential details at the beginning meant everything by the end of Nix’s journey.
Although I didn’t think this book was as good as The Girl From Everywhere it was still a satisfying conclusion to the series. I was a little disappointed with how open the ending was, and as a result how many unanswered questions I still had, but the rest of the story was incredible; fast paced and detailed with an incredible world to explore.
What did you think of The Ship Beyond Time? Was it a favourite of yours or could you just not get into the story? Let me know.