The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig
Published by Greenwillow Books on February 28, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction, Historical, Fantasy
Pages: 464 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased
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.
A return to the seas was just what my reading needed and Heidi Heilig’s The Ship Beyond Time was an absolute delight. Having fallen in love with Nix, Kash, and the rest of the Temptation crew in the first book I was nervous for what was to come. Thankfully this second romp through seas, myths, and history was just as excellent if not even better than first but with even more heart.
Where do you go after paradise? For Nix and the Temptation crew, that’s hard to pin down. I’m glad this foray led more into myth and legend taking advantage of Navigation to explore more obscure lands. This time around it’s the mythical island of Ker-Ys and the history lover in me squeals excitedly to explore new things. Heilig does an excellent job of making it her own while keeping enough details for authenticity.
Driving the narrative is whether or not fate can be changed and how to possibly go about doing it. What are the risks? What else would be changed? Is one person worth all of that? How would you know it worked? It’s a pretty popular plot device when it comes to time travel but Heilig delivers emotional substance to the story. Especially when it comes to questioning what is and isn’t real.
As far as characters are concerned I loved all of the development that took place. Nix is growing into her role as Navigator and coming to terms with her relationships both with Slate and Kash. Plus this time around we get Kash’s POV which really gives insight to his motivations and feelings. It made me fall in love with him even more. Blake even had his own struggles in dealing with Navigation and the choices they make.
Overall The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig was a worthy sequel with a story worth telling. Once again I felt the tug of the sea and my love for these characters continues to grow. Taking on the quandary of changing fate added to the heart and soul of this narrative and Heilig handles it with aplomb. I highly recommend this one as well as The Girl from Everywhere and hope everyone will take to the sea aboard the Temptation.
So have you dived into Heidi Heilig’s stories yet? Excited for The Ship Beyond Time? Reveling in the glory that is Kash? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!