the ship beyond time
the girl from everywhere #2
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.
Possible Spoilers For: The Girl From Everywhere
Emotional/Substance Abuse, Suicidal Ideation, Racism
I read this duology back to back, considering the fact that I bought it back to back. I had a few more problems in this one than the first book, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying this book in one sitting.
After the events from the last book, Nix is happy. Her relationship with her dad is improving, she’s on her way to Navigating the ship by herself… things are good. Until she finds out a prophecy saying she is going to end up losing the one she loves and ending up alone and just like her dad.
This whole concept kind of confused me. It was tattoo on his arm, right? And/or a lady prophesied it? Why didn’t the dad mention this in the first book? He mentions that he notices the evolving relationship, yet forgets to mention she could lose him?! But, I digress…
The places her and the crew Navigate to kind of confused me where I couldn’t really visualize where they were. Of course there was New York, but that’s kind of all I remember. The concept of Navigating is still not explained. For example, Daniel ends up on the ship from the last book, is his able to travel with them? Doesn’t he have to believe or have magic or something? Speaking of Daniel, I didn’t like him. There was no point to him being on the ship because he did absolutely nothing at all. We already know who Nix is going to get with, I just… don’t get his purpose. The whole prospect of a love triangle died in the last book.
Nix in this book was still likable. She does get a bit crazy in trying to save Kashmir, who she believes she will lose, but still goes through admirable character development. We also get Kash’s POV here, and I liked it? I didn’t know how much being in his head would endear me to him until it happened. There’s not much of his POV, but when it’s there it’s great. Kash and Nix’s romance was also perfect. It wasn’t too cheesy or too lackluster, it was perfectly weaved into the story without taking away from it. And though this isn’t a pirate book and Nix & Co. aren’t ‘pirates’, there is so much piratry here it’s so nice. I kind of want to get into pirate books now…
The relationship with Nix and her dad still wasn’t as developed as I wanted. It had such potential to be complex and explored, but it wasn’t. The plot twist was a bit obvious, but that’s just me because I was suspicious of a certain character… who didn’t need to miraculously pop up out of nowhere… *side eye*. And the ending… I’m not okay with one aspect of it. But, the actual ending, a lot of people didn’t like that it was open, but I like open endings and this ending was perfect for this story. She’s a traveler, so of course her future is full of unknown adventure. Overall, I wouldn’t mind a spin off in this world.