The Girl From Everywhere (The Girl From Everywhere #1)
By Heidi Heilig
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: February 16th, 2016
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, 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.
In The Girl from Everywhere, Heidi Heilig blends fantasy, history, and a modern sensibility with witty, fast-paced dialogue, breathless adventure, and enchanting romance.
The Girl From Everywhere offers up a captivating fantasy sprinkled with classical myths, folklore, and a glimpse at the real world with a heavy dose of a unique twist on time travel. We are quickly introduced to Nix, whom I love, and the crew of the Temptation, the ship that her father captains across time and imagination. While the crew is small, it is vibrant and diverse. Not only is Nix mixed race, there is Kash pulled from the shores of a mystical version of the Middle East, to Bee and her ghost wife Ayen and Rotgut, the former monk.
While following her father’s obsession to save her mother’s life in 1868 Honolulu, Nix encounters a Hawaii just prior to the fall of its monarchy and its annexation, and learns about a world that could have been her life if her past had played out differently. Despite never before experiencing the Honolulu she would have grown up in, Nix feels a connection to the place and the loss of what the foreign influence on the island will bring. This, in addition to her conflicted relationship with her father, helps steer events in the book to a conclusion that is both rooted in history and myth.
With Heilig’s writing, Nix had a palpable presence on the page. Her desperation that the new 1868 Honolulu maps would not work, as well as her desire to escape her father’s obsession and his disregard for her worries as to her continued existence should the past be changed, were a constant undertone of the book and any interactions between father and daughter. Their relationship was a painful one to read, but its growth over the course of the book, or rather the progress of Slate, and also Nix to a certain extent, recognizing the value of what was right in front of them ended up being rather rewarding.
The love interests were also quite an interesting pair. Kash is a constant presence in Nix’s life, filling the stereotypical friend value in the love triangle, and Blake is the stranger that Nix comes to fall for. However, the triangle is a unique one, not just because of the situation that Nix is in as far as travel arrangements, but because each boy represents an aspect of her life. Kash is her life aboard the Temptation, and Blake represents what could have been had everything gone according to Slate’s original best laid plans.
Upon finishing The Girl From Everywhere, I was grateful that this was not the end of Nix’s story. Not only does that love triangle need to be wrapped up, but I can’t wait to see what new myths and allusions to classical literature Heilig pulls from in the future to weave Nix’s story.
I also NEED to buy a finished copy, because the ARC promised MAPS!
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