I was so excited to read THE SHIP BEYOND TIME. I enjoyed THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE so much that I gave it 5 stars. The main idea in that was the heist and Nix’s burning question about her existence. In this story the question becomes bigger as they traverse into the future and then the past. Can you change things by traveling back and giving information, or is fate set no matter what you do?
Nix takes the helm in this story. Nix learns that she is destined to loose the one she loves at sea, so when a man, Donald Crowhurst, enters the scene and promises to teach her how to tweak the future Nix jumps at the chance. With this promise, Nix guides the crew to a mythical utopia, Ker-Ys, a mythical city said to have been flooded one night when the devil persuaded the king’s daughter, Dahut, to give the devil the key to gate, which he then opened at high tide. There she finds the devil is Crowhurst, a real person who attempted to appear to complete a circumnavigation the world without actually circling the world. Crowhurst is a villain who also wants to change the future. Can Nix save Dahut and her love or will she have to sacrifice one for the other?
The main plot for Nix is Kashmir’s fate. Nix is trying to save Kashmir from drowning by going to a mythical city that is said to have been flooded. That really made no sense, but Nix is desperate to not loose Kash. At the end of the first book it seemed like Nix was caught in a love triangle, but in this story Blake is cast aside for Kash.
Kash is also from a mythical city so saving Dahut becomes even more important for Nix as she tries to change her future. These time-travelers do change the future by going to the past, but what then happens to their supposed future before the time-traveler? These questions don’t really get answered, but the concepts get explored which left me really thinking about fate.
This story has the crew exploring a mythical city, it’s castle, and memories. The city itself is beautifully described. There are mermaids, monsters, an oubliette, and plenty of places to hide a key.
Dahut keeps a diary of events which she seems to have no memory of. Once again, there is the question of fate because of course knowing something changes the way you move forward. If you can’t remember then that knowledge is lost. The same holds true for Nix knowing now that she is destined to loose her love. If she never knew that she might not have chosen Kash so much and been so desperate to save him.
This story blends a mythical city with real people. Crowhurst becomes king of Ker-Ys and uses Lethe water to take away memories to seduce Dahut, the king’s daughter, to go along with his plan. In real life, evidence found after Crowhurst’s disappeared on his 3rd voyage suggests that this attempt ended in possible insanity and suicide. The question then becomes, does Nix suggest the voyage to him, or was he going to do that anyways? The future is uncertain even here.
This story introduced Kashmir’s POV into the story. Kash is so smitten by Nix. They are obviously destined for each other, or is that what the author wants me to think? This story also explores how much Nix doesn’t want to end up like her father, mourning a lost love and living with depression. I loved that this book left some things open, while answering a lot of questions. There could be more to this story or it could all end right here. Either way I really enjoyed this book.
The Girl From Everywhere books
The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig
Series: The Girl From Everywhere #2
Published by HarperCollins on February 28th 2017
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Action & Adventure, Pirates, Fantasy, General, Historical, United States, 19th Century
Also by this author: The Girl from Everywhere
eARC provided by HarperCollins
The breathtaking sequel to the acclaimed The Girl from Everywhere.
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 future lies bright before her—until she learns that she is destined to lose the one she loves.
Desperate to change her fate, Nix sails 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: best friend, thief, charmer extraordinaire.
Heidi Heilig weaves fantasy, history, and romance together to tackle questions of free will, fate, and what it means to love another person. At the center of this adventure are extraordinary, complicated, and multicultural characters who leap off the page, and an intricate, recognizable world that has no bounds. This sequel—and conclusion—to The Girl from Everywhere includes five black-and-white maps of historical and mythical locations. Fans of Rachel Hartman, Rae Carson, and Outlander will be swept away.