The Ship Beyond Time

The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary: “Some things should not be stolen.

After what seems like a lifetime of following her father across the globe and through the centuries, Nix has finally taken the helm of their time-traveling ship. Her future—and the horizon—is bright.

Until she learns she is destined to lose the one she loves. To end up like her father: alone, heartbroken.

Unable to face losing Kashmir—best friend, thief, charmer extraordinaire—Nix sails her crew to a mythical utopia to meet a man who promises he can teach her how to manipulate time, to change history. But no place is perfect, not even paradise. And everything is constantly changing on this utopian island, including reality itself.

If Nix can read the ever-shifting tides, perhaps she will finally harness her abilities. Perhaps she can control her destiny, too.

Or perhaps her time will finally run out” (Goodreads).

It’s been a hot second since I read The Ship Beyond Time or its predecessor The Girl From Everywhere, but I’m going to try to make a comprehensible review. We’ll see if I succeed.

I actually ended up liking TSBT more than TGFE, probably because the magic system felt more explained and I was less confused about character motives. Hence, I ended up giving this one five stars while TGFE was four stars (although still amazing). While I am sad this one focussed less on Hawaiian history, the introduction of a complex fantasy world explored what I wanted to see in the first book: more of what the maps can do! The whole concept of map time travel fascinated me because of the way Heidi Heilig designed it. The place doesn’t have to exist; as long as its drawn on a map, you can go there. So essentially, you can go to made-up lands or those from fairytales. Awesome, right?

Another positive is that the dumb as heck love triangle from book one deteriorated. We also saw more of Nix’s relationship with Kashmir (!!!) and their progression from friends to boyfriend-girlfriend. As well, the most lovely part was the introduction of Nix’s mom and her relationship with her daughter. The focus on family, especially when tested, is strong in this duology. I feel like YA doesn’t often touch upon the good parts of family and while Heilig does play with the negatives, we sure see a lot of positives—enough that it makes the family feel real.

I can’t say I remember a ton about this book, just that I enjoyed it so much. The ending was absolutely epic with soooo much action. I was so sad when the book ended because I totally thought there’d be more. It was a bittersweet ending, with hope for more, but a sense of sadness, too. Just how I like ’em.

I wish I had gotten around to writing this earlier; it’d be a lot longer, but this is what we’re getting right now.

-Book Hugger

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