Review: The Ship Beyond Time (The Girl from Everywhere #2) by Heidi Heilig

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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.

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Nix, her father and crew end up back in New York present time.  They barely escaped Hawaii with their new passenger.  Slate is torn still about finding his love but he is not ready to sacrifice Nix in the process.  He tells Nix of the other part of the prophesy that involves her.  She will lose the one she loves.  The one she loves is Kashmir.  She has never told him of course, and now she can’t.  She saved him from the water before New York, but she refuses to put him in danger and her love is a curse.
She decides to sail to the mystical place Ker-Ys to find a way to change the past.  She is determined to stop the prophesy that she will lose Kash.  Kash is not happy to be going.  He questions her feelings and why she won’t take the leap of faith.
Once there Nix is confronted by a strange man as he rants about the monster in the castle and the man in the pit.  She knows she has stumbled across the missing king.  When Crowhurst arrives everything changes.  The old king is found dead but no one remembers but Nix.  Crowhurst has changed history and crowned himself king.  Nix has to trust in Navigation and what she knows to save those she loves.
Unfortunately there is betrayal that she doesn’t see coming and surprises Crowhurst throws into mix.  These two things shock Nix and turn her world upside down.  She has to trust in herself and take that leap of faith.
This is the second book that continues Nix’s story.  The first was about Hawaii’s downfall.  This one leads the group to New York and then to the Mythical place of Ker-Ys.  The same crew is along for the ride and it is great to see them again.  They have added one, Blake from Hawaii as they set sail.  The idea of changing fate proves too tempting to Nix.  She refuses to lose Kash.  The decision to Navigate to Ker-Ys causes some tensions to develop.  Kash is not happy about the idea.  Slate doesn’t seem thrilled as he spirals downward.
The actual story line at times is unclear as the author presents discussions of memories, dreams, and alternate realities.  As the character contemplate theses concepts the story gets a little confusing.  This caused moments when I was unsure what was really going on.  The ideas were extremely abstract and sometimes bogged down the story.  The author seemed to really add another layer of intellectual debates as this book held more of a philosophical battle than takeover like the last book.  Crowhurst was definitely crazy and, in my opinion, drunk on power.  He stooped pretty low to get what he wanted.  The ultimate villain which Nix had a hard time proving.  He rewrote everyone’s reality so no one remembered what already had happened.

I like the idea of the series.  However this book has more confusing concepts than I was expecting.  I give it a 3.5 out of 5.

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