The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig

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.

When I read the Girl From Everywhere, I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would, mostly because of the high expectations I had for it. This led to me going into the Ship Beyond Time with much, much smaller expectations, which benefited me in the end. I ended up loving this book. Like, if this book was a food I would want to eat it forever.
Heidi Heilig’s writing is such a fresh new style that blends both the styles of classic and modern writers, which fits her story well. It’s gorgeous and lyrical and sometime I just want to stop reading and paint quotes of it on my walls.
I also loved the character growth within this story. Kashmir, who was one of my least favorite characters in the Girl From Everywhere, climbed up the ladder to become one of my favorites in the Ship Beyond Time.
It was astonishing to see the sheer amount of historical research AND world building that must have gone into these two books. While there are fictional liberties taken, I’m pretty sure it stays historically accurate. HOWEVER; I am no history buff, so probably don’t take my word for it.
Also y’all, the romance in this book is to die for. SO GOOD OMG. Definitely a ship that will last (beyond time) (omg I’m shameless 😛 )
Okay, so, no spoilers but HELLO I cannot not acknowledge that the plot twists in this book are just amazing. The story is so twisty and complicated that I had to stop and breath just to keep going. It’s fast-paced, well-written, and so so good. Heidi Heilig spins such a heartbreaking and compelling story that I can’t help but beg for more. She doesn’t really write cliffhangers but the way she writes her endings makes you immediately want to pick up her next book and devour it.

Sexual – some really good kissing and implied sex
Cussing – no really strong cussing, just variations of d**n
Violence – there are some really descriptive scenes plus tons of fighting
Drinking/drugs – a lot of mentions of opium, someone deals in it. No drunkenness by the main character, but some by major characters


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