The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig
Rating: 2 Stars
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.
Confession time: I am a terrible monster and read this book without reading the first one. BUT it was because I saw this review copy at my bookstore and thought it looked interesting. I figured I’d be fine without reading the first book because for the most part, sequels give a pretty adequate explanation of the first book.
And I was fine. The Ship Beyond Time explained the basic plot of the first book pretty well and I was able to pick up on the rules of time travel and the motives of the characters pretty quickly. Yet I still had absolutely no idea what was going on about 90% of the time. NO IDEA. I literally STILL don’t have a clue and I have thought about it WAY too much over the past few days.
I think it was because this book just could not hold my attention. I mostly skimmed it because I was so bored, and that definitely didn’t help. It wasn’t that the book was too slow; plenty happened very quickly. But the characters felt flat to me, the writing felt bland, and ultimately I just could not get into the book.
For me, one of the most important things in books is the characters. I don’t necessarily need to connect with them on a deep level, but they do need to be interesting and complex. Each character needs to have attributes that set them apart from the others. So one of my main problems with The Ship Beyond Time is that I couldn’t get a sense of any of the characters’ personalities. They all blended together, and half the time I couldn’t even remember their names. Also, the two POVs were very difficult to tell apart.
The writing, while not terrible, is not particularly memorable either. But the premise of this series is incredibly clever and creative! I can also see that it really is a good book; I just couldn’t connect to it well enough to enjoy it. I know most people, especially fans of other light fantasy, will be able to really enjoy it. It just didn’t work for me.
Did you like this book? Did you read The Girl from Everywhere? Which did you like better??
There was some minor swearing, one s word, and some making out.