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 a copy of this book for review from the publisher. This does not influence my thoughts on the book or this review.
Heidi Heilig’s debut novel, The Girl from Everywhere, was one of my favourite reads of last year. I’m happy to report that the sequel is even better, and that you need to pick up this duology.
The Ship Beyond Time continues immediately after the events of book one, Nix caught between her family and what she hopes to be her future. If you haven’t read book 1, Nix and her father are Navigators, people who can sail ships across any mapped region (which includes fictional worlds). In this sequel to The Girl from Everywhere, Nix continues her journey.
I really liked how Nix grew in The Ship Beyond Time. She struggles throughout the series to make sense of her family and exactly who she wants to be, and I think Nix’s journey will be relatable to many teens who are unsure of their futures.
I’ll admit that I’m a sucker for romance in the books I read and I loved the romance in this book. Since book one did give me love triangle vibes, I’m happy to say that this did not continue in book two (although I wouldn’t be surprised if it did).I also liked that Kash, the love interest, got his own POV moments throughout the book which may annoy some readers but I did really like it.
Overall, The Ship Beyond Time was a pretty great sequel that I think ends this duology wonderfully. If you’re looking for a diverse historical fiction novel with an awesome fantasy twist, I highly recommend this series!