ARC Book Review: The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig
ashley | It’s no secret that Heidi Heilig’s The Girl From Everywhere is one of my favourite books. I talk about it often and I still think about it often. I fell in love with Nix and Kashmir and the whole crew of the Temptation. So when I received the advance copy of The Ship Beyond Time, naturally I was ecstatic.
I said it before and I’m saying it again: I just think the concept of a time travelling ship is the coolest thing ever. Not only does it take the story to any time in history, to any place in history, it also provides such an interesting foundation for a story that is just as much about the relationship between the crew mates as it is about traveling through time. And as I’ve said before, this crew is made up of some of my favourite characters ever.
Nix is of course my heroine, but what I admire about her most is brought out in her friendships with Kashmir and even Mr. Blake. The three of them technically build the dreaded love triangle, but it’s such a unique take with an abundance of mutual respect that it makes it really hard to hate it. Of course I have a route I’m rooting for, but it’s hard to completely write off the other options. Especially with Nix’s cursed fate seeming to lean towards one or the other.
This romantic intertwining played a much larger part in the book this time, as it was the motivation for Nix’s actions to change the past and ultimately drives the climactic ending, but how this usually annoys me, didn’t here. Heilig has mastered the art of the love triangle and has managed to make love a primary plot point without being too overbearing on the rest of the story. It’s quite a feat that not many people seem to be able to manage.
I love Heilig’s writing. There are some really beautiful passages in here where the description was almost like poetry and everything painted such a vivid and real picture in my mind. Things do get heavier and a bit complicated in this book, with time lines and changing memories and dreams about things that may or may not have happened. But this was what made me love this so much! It wasn’t confusing, just a lot to take in, and the layer upon layer of information and possibilities was so rich, I found myself loving every single second.
I can’t imagine what it took to map this book out, the way certain lines crossed and came together in very different parts of the linear story I was reading. It was done incredibly well and I can’t say enough how much I love this concept. It’s probably one of my favourite things to read about because it’s difficult to get right, but just so awesome when someone does. And Heilig does. She really, really does.
Like it’s successor, I would give this more than 5 stars if I could. And while I liked the idea of this maybe being the conclusion for this series, the ending kind of leaves it open for more and I really wouldn’t hesitate to travel with these characters again and again. I just have so much love for these books! I wish I could keep going back in time to relive them.
february 28, 2017