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
So The Girl From Everywhere isn’t what I expected. Don’t ask me what I really expected going into this book, probably something along the lines of lots of time travel, something quirky and fantastic. What I got was, well, it was fantastic, that’s for sure. But it wasn’t nearly as quirky and dorky as I expected, The Girl From Everywhere was actually pretty serious and really hard hitting.
While Time Travel is a very large element of the book, the majority of the story actually takes place in Hawaii. The way that Heilig talks about Hawaii makes me want to visit more than I already did, unfortunately I kinda wanna visit in 1886, but that’s beside the point. I just need a good map, right?
Nix is our main character, and I adore her so much. The way that she’s been written has me thrilled. She’s truly written like a girl without a time. She doesn’t obsessively want to use modern day slang, or try and check her cell phone as if she were from 2016. But at the same time she doesn’t talk like she’s from the Victorian era either. She’s written exactly as she is, someone without a true time to call home.
Ahh, the dreaded love triangle rears its head again. While this one isn’t as bad as many, many others I have read, it’s certainly an element of the book. Along with the added bonus that I have no clue where this love triangle is going, well that actually is a pleasant surprise. Love triangles tend to be worse because you know the outcome.
I really loved the learning I got to do in this book. I didn’t realize I was learning until the end of the book when I read the history of it all and found out that there was history here. Which is probably how all text books should be written, let’s be honest.
We have such a great cast of characters, from our main characters to real people that Heilig plucks out of history. I’ve mentioned Nix already, but I just can’t get over how well everyone works together, and how everyone is so utterly unique. Trust me I could ramble for a while longer but I really want to let you discover these characters on your own.
This book is absolutely amazing, the story is so gripping, the characters are wonderful. Best of all, while it is a series, this book rather stands on its own, we’ve got a LOT of unanswered questions, but I’m okay waiting for a year for this one. Which basically means GO PREORDER IT RIGHT NOW.