Author: Heidi Heilig
Publication: Greenwillow Books (February 16, 2016)
Description: Heidi Heilig's debut teen fantasy sweeps from modern-day New York City, to nineteenth-century Hawaii, to places of myth and legend. Sixteen-year-old Nix has sailed across the globe and through centuries aboard her time-traveling father's ship. But when he gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end. The Girl from Everywhere, the first of two books, blends fantasy, history, and a modern sensibility. Its witty, fast-paced dialogue, breathless adventure, multicultural cast, and enchanting romance will dazzle readers of Sabaa Tahir, Rae Carson, and Rachel Hartman.
Nix's life began in Honolulu in 1868. Since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, a land from the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, modern-day New York City, and many more places both real and imagined. As long as he has a map, Nix's father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he's uncovered the one map he's always sought—1868 Honolulu, before Nix's mother died in childbirth. Nix's life—her entire existence—is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix's future, her dreams, her adventures . . . her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who's been part of their crew for two years. If Nix helps her father reunite with the love of his life, it will cost her her own.
My Thoughts: I'm not usually a big fan of time travel stories because I have difficulty accepting the paradoxes but this book is more believable than most. Nix has been traveling with her father and an eclectic crew on his sailing ship since he picked her up in Hawaii when she was an infant. He had left her mother, the love of his life, and sailed off to find fortune but, when he returned, he learned that she had died leaving an infant. Ever since, he has been trying to get back before she dies and save her.
The problem is that saving his wife could mean that Nix might never have been born. She is very worried about what would happen to her if her father's plans succeed. Luckily for Nix but not for Slate, they hadn't been able to find a map that will take them back to Hawaii in time to save his wife. Now, however, a new map has surfaced and her father is determined to own it and use it.
Most of this story takes place in Hawaii in 1884 which is where the map leads despite its 1868 date. The captain and crew find themselves mixed up in a plot to bring down the Kingdom of Hawaii. Nix also meets a woman who knew her mother and who seems to know quite a bit about the sort of time traveling that Nix and her father are capable of doing.
Nix also meets a boy. Blake Hart is the nephew of the mapmaker who created the 1868 map that Slate is determined to own no matter what the cost is to the Hawaii that currently exists. He is an artist and a strong supporter of the Kingdom of Hawaii. His father, however, is one of the key supporters of the plot to overthrow the current government. He and Nix have an 1880s sort of romance with him courting her. This causes a conflict for her because her deep friendship with a crewmate named Kashmir might also be turning into a romance. Kash is a fascinating character that the captain and crew picked up on one of their voyages to a legendary place. Kash is a thief and one of Nix's only agemates and friends on the crew.
I enjoyed this story. I liked the conflict that Nix has as she decides whether she can support her father's agenda or whether it is time to go off on her own adventures. Nix's fears about the captain's plans were realistically shown. Nix is at a turning point in her life and the tension shows in the story.
Fans of time travel and romance will enjoy this debut story.
I met his eyes. "Hand drawn. Good detail. Dated. And new to us," I said, ticking off on my fingers. No matter how detailed a map, once we'd visited, we couldn't go back, and Slate didn't always remember where he'd been or what he'd done. Still, I'd only just bought the map, so I knew for certain he'd never used it.I got this ARC from Edelweiss. You can buy your copy here.