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REVIEW TIME: The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig

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Release Date: 9th March 2017
Publisher: Hot Key Books
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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.


Here was my initial review on Goodreads:

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First, let me talk about the crew on board the Temptation. We have Slate (Captain), Bee, Rotgut, Kashmir, Nix and new addition Blake.

Bee is a lovely maternal figure character to Nix and really takes on the role of as mother along with her dead wife Ayen, yeah creepy I know. Rotgut is the cook who we don’t hear enough from I think but when he does crop up you take notice of his wise words. Even if they are hard to follow! Blake is a gentleman who I was not keen on in Book 1 and have always felt slightly suspicious of. In this book, he is getting used to all the new sights of the future and exploring different places. Slate, the Captain and Nix’s father is an unusual man who I can’t quite work out. His nature is so up and down and you definitely feel his dysphoria within the story, due to his drug misuse.

Kashmir, Kashmir, Kashmir. Where to start? He has a cheeky sense of confidence and is romantic at heart. The lock is such a cute symbol in this book!!! Anyway, so Kashmir is like the bad boy that Nix wants but doesn’t want to ruin their friendship.

Now Nix is a really interesting character who seems to always know what to do. She is wise considering her age and it was kind of like unbelievable when she figures out the ‘resolution’ in this book. However, with that said I love that she is not the damsel in distress character because it is refreshing! A female who doesn’t rely on a male to save her! SHOCK HORROR! Nix’s independence is such a good thing to read about because the amount of times she is mopping up after male characters is unbelievable. She is so refreshing to read about because of this, I’m fed up of female heroes being saved by the male lead. WE CAN DO THIS BITCHEZZZZ.

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Next, I want to talk about Fate and how much of a big deal it is in this world. I’m sure it’s called the butterfly effect where one small change can make a totally different outcome. Don’t quote me on that. So basically, one change can create a different past, present, and future. I love this idea and it raises the question: If you had the chance to change your fate, would you? *Ahem* Shameless brave quote.

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Talking about Brave, the mythical stories involved in this book are so interesting. You can tell Heidi did a shit-ton of research for both books in this series. She must have found out about thousands of different myths and taken what she wanted from them to bring this series to life. I thought that the myths were really well crafted and understandable but I was still really confused with the time travel loopholes. I may need to go back and work out how it all works!

Overall, I really enjoyed this dip into time travel and would continue to read about more of Nix’s adventures! They are intriguing and I love the time traveling pirates idea.


I love Nix’s adventures!




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