The Friday 56: The Ship Beyond Time

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“What’s better than a triple scoop with rainbow sprinkles?”

Now Nix swatted at me, but instead of slipping away, I caught her fingers in mine. “She helped throw me a party for my theft day,” she said. “It’s important.”

I’ve never been a huge fan of time-traveling books, but I’ve really enjoyed Heidi Heilig’s The Girl From Everywhere duology. This final book, The Ship Beyond Time, was such a pleasure to read and I hope if you haven’t picked these books up, you do so soon. You can read my full review here. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “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.

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The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig

Title: The Ship Beyond Time
Author: Heidi Heilig
Series: The Girl From Everywhere, #2
Pages: 464
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Release Date: February 28th 2017

      “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.

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“Bullets zipped in the air like bees; I crouched at my father’s feet as the mist of the Margins swallowed us whole. Then Slate cried out–I blinked up at him in the sudden darkness. His face was pale in the gloom…

Heidi Heilig once again wows with her sequel The Ship Beyond Time, taking readers on a thrilling and fanciful adventure. Nix has seen what love and loss has done to her father and is more determined than ever to not end up like him. But fate has other plans. When a prophecy foretelling the loss of someone she loves, Nix finds herself desperate to change her destiny. A mysterious encounter with a stranger will change everything and Nix will be faced with unimaginable choices. Her former convictions are put to the test when she is given the chance to discover whether it’s truly possible to change the past, to control the destiny of not just yourself, but a whole world of people.

Heilig has a way of weaving together both myth and history, making each feel equally vivid and real. In The Girl From Everywhere, Heilig explored 1884 Oahu, but in this sequel Nix and her crew arrive at the fabled island of Ker-Ys, a utopia destined to fall. New characters like the ambiguous Crowhurst, who carries secrets Nix is desperate to uncover, and the mysterious Dahut, who may be the key to unlocking the truth behind Crowhurst’s reign in Ker-Ys, broaden the possibilities of time-travel in Heilig’s universe. The island itself had a lot of interesting architecture and mythical creatures that I wanted to explore more of. The locals were also a bit of a mystery and learning more about them would have made this mythical island come more to life.

Nix isn’t the only one struggling with philosophical issues. Kashmir, who was such a steady force in The Girl From Everywhere, must contend with his own identity. I was so happy to find a few chapters in this one told from Kash’s perspective. Taken from a land only found in folklore, Kash struggles with his very existence. Is he a real person or only a figment of someone else’s imagination? For other characters, the chance to change history, to right the wrongs of the past is almost too much of a temptation to resist. Nix herself spends so much time fighting against fate that she doesn’t realize that her fear is keeping her from truly living and making the most of what little time she and those she loves may have together.

The Ship Beyond Time is a story of love, loyalty, and sacrifice. With gut-wrenching twists that will steal the breath right from your throat, this conclusion to The Girl From Everywhere duology will have you wishing for a time-traveling ship of your own.

4/5

★★★★

The Friday 56, #104: The Girl from Everywhere

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’re been reading.

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“Bee recommended hard work as a cure for any emotional turmoil. I followed her down to the hold, which still smelled of tigers although the cages had been replaced by a handful of boxes scattered haphazardly.”

Heidi Heilig’s The Girl from Everywhere is one of my favorite debut novels of 2016. It’s imaginative and adventurous. I’m never too certain about books that have to do with time-travel, but this one really makes it work. You can read my full review here. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Goodreads synopsis:

      “Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination.
      As long as her father has a map for it, he can sail to any time, any place, real or imagined: nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights, a mythic version of Africa. Along the way they have found crewmates and friends, and even a disarming thief who could come to mean much more to Nix.
      But the end to it all looms closer every day.
      Her father is obsessed with obtaining the one map, 1868 Honolulu, that could take him back to his lost love, Nix’s mother. Even though getting it—and going there—could erase Nix’s very existence.”

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Title: The Girl from Everywhere
Author: Heidi Heilig
Series: The Girl from Everywhere, #1
Pages: 454
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Release Date: February 16th 2016

       “Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination.
      As long as her father has a map for it, he can sail to any time, any place, real or imagined: nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights, a mythic version of Africa. Along the way they have found crewmates and friends, and even a disarming thief who could come to mean much more to Nix.
      But the end to it all looms closer every day.
      Her father is obsessed with obtaining the one map, 1868 Honolulu, that could take him back to his lost love, Nix’s mother. Even though getting it—and going there—could erase Nix’s very existence.”

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“Mist rose around us like the souls of drowned sailors, and the only sound was the muted hollow music of waves moving along the hull.”

Heidi Heilig’s debut novel, The Girl from Everywhere, is a tale of love and belonging. Nix has only known one kind of life, one lived on her father’s ship the Temptation. With her father at the helm, Nix and the rest of the crew have traversed through time itself, able to travel to lands both real and mythical. But Nix’s father is driven by an obsession, a longing for a time when Nix’s mother was still alive. He’ll do anything to obtain the map that will lead them back to 1868 Honolulu. For Nix, the chance to meet her mother comes with a caveat or two. Will changing Nix’s past irrevocably change her present? With terrifying doubts, Nix is torn between helping her father and protecting herself. Nix’s relationship with her father, Slate, is rocky at best. Slate is taken to bouts of depression, drowning himself in his opium addiction and his inability to let go of the life that slipped through his hands years ago. Slate’s need to see Nix’s mother again, to save her from an early death, is the act of a man very much in love, but for Nix, his lack of concern over the daughter he has now is more of a testament to the kind of man he is.

Nix’s life has always been structured around Slate’s quest to find the map that will lead him to her mother and as their journey takes them closer to achieving this goal, Nix’s desire to find her own place in the world grows. She longs to make her own mark upon the world, to captain a ship of her own, to control her own destiny. Nix never expects any place, save a ship, to feel like home, but the island of Oahu is a mystery and a paradise. It is here that Nix feels a strong connection to the life she could have had. Nix is further pulled into a different direction by the kind artist Blake Hart, who desires nothing more than to show Nix the wonders of Oahu. But her old life holds mysterious of its own, with the ability to Navigate like her father, Nix could choose to go anywhere, and her best friend Kashmir would be more than willing to go with her. Nix must decide where she truly belongs and if anything is truly worth risking everything for.

The Girl from Everywhere is a promising opening to an adventurous series, combining history and mythology into a novel that is sure to delight readers.

Rating: 4/5

★★★★