It was the kind of August day that hinted at monsoons, and the year was 1774, though not for very much longer.
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.
I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Girl From Everywhere is about Nix Song who doesn’t know any other home except The Temptation who her father, Slate, is the Captain of. Slate has a special gift of navigation that allows him to travel through time, given the right materials and belief. I say ‘belief’ because as it’s explained in the book, believing is very important in navigation.
I really liked the concept of the book and enjoyed where the author went with it. Slate’s obsession with finding a map that will lead him to 1868, put’s Nix in a difficult spot because she knows that’s the year where her mom was still alive.
The supporting characters in this book were a joy to experience. I liked Bee quite a lot. To me she had that motherly feel. Always looked out for the crew and Nix, since she is the youngest aboard.
I liked that they could travel from place to place, even those that are mythical. It’s almost as if ‘if you believe hard enough, it can come true’.
There were a few parts in this book that I felt could have been left out and I felt that at some places there was action when it was uncalled for and there was a stupid character here and there and made me shake my head.
Those dislikes could easily be ignored because the concept stayed the same and there wasn’t a derailing of the plot. The writing style was great and it’s always nice to read about a time-travelling pirate ship, because who doesn’t want that?
Read: 13 February 2016
Publication Date: 16 February 2016
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Heidi Heilig