Title: The Girl from Everywhere
Author: Heidi Heilig
Upcoming Release Date: February 16, 2016
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Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Nix Song is a time-traveller. She, her father and their crew of time refugees travel the world aboard The Temptation, a glorious pirate ship stuffed with treasures both typical and mythical. Old maps allow Nix and her father to navigate not just to distant lands, but distant times - although a map will only take you somewhere once. And Nix's father is only interested in one time, and one place: Honolulu 1868. A time before Nix was born, and her mother was alive. Something that puts Nix's existence rather dangerously in question...
Nix has grown used to her father's obsession, but only because she's convinced it can't work. But then a map falls into her father's lap that changes everything. And when Nix refuses to help, her father threatens to maroon Kashmir, her only friend (and perhaps, only love) in a time where Nix will never be able to find him. And if Nix has learned one thing, it's that losing the person you love is a torment that no one can withstand. Nix must work out what she wants, who she is, and where she really belongs before time runs out on her forever.
Review: A pirate ship that travels through time. YES! This book is such a fun read. The concept itself is amazing. The characters are all so interesting. The settings are beautiful and exotic. Everything about it is simply fantastic.
Nix's father, Slate, can travel to different times using handcrafted maps. These maps have certain requirements and can be hard to find. He is originally from the modern day, but has had adventures throughout time. His crew is diverse and they each bring an interesting set of skills to the table. The ship is also unique, having to pass in all different time periods. It has modern luxuries like medicine, but the look of an old pirate's vessel. There are so many treasures hidden on board, many of which are magical. The maps take on the beliefs of their creators. This means all the myths of all the civilizations throughout time are true, to a certain degree.
The time travel in this story is dealt with in a way that I like. The characters within the story aren't quite sure how it works. A lot is left ambiguous. I enjoyed how paradoxes were addressed. The mythology and magic fits right along with it.
The relationships between the characters in this book are all quite complex. Nix and her father have far from a typical parent-child bond. I loved Bee's backstory!
This book takes an interesting look at addiction and obsession. It shows how it effects everyone.
Maps are a huge part of this book. Unfortunately, the arc I read did not have the maps included. I can't wait to see the maps in the final version of the book!
There is a wonderful Author's Note at the end that explains the true history represented within the book. I loved this. I'm not a huge history buff so I sometimes am unsure about the accuracy of big events in historical fiction. This note showed how much research was put into this book.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND The Girl from Everywhere. I give it a 5/5. Go buy it! It's magical. It's unique. It's fun. It's smart.