A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Moving away from its original historical setting, The Ship Beyond Time moves into mythical locales. The plot raises intriguing questions of destiny and free will.
Sometimes it's better not to know the future. Becoming obsessed with the past can lead to tragedy.
Positive Role Models
Nixie would do almost anything to protect her father and their crewmates, especially Kashmir. Although she makes her living by stealing, she does not prey upon the needy. She worries about the consequences of changing the past.
Violence & Scariness
The Ship Beyond Time has its share of violent scenes -- a nonlethal shooting, the brutal capture of a mermaid-like creature, a climactic physical struggle -- but the book does not dwell on bloodshed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nixie and Kashmir love each other but have a hard time navigating their relationship. They flirt and occasionally cuddle. They spend a romantic night together, the details of which are withheld.
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Perhaps a dozen uses of "hell" and "damn," plus one or two of "Christ," "s--t," and "goddamn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Nixie's father is an opium addict in withdrawal. Kashmir drinks whiskey in one scene.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Ship Beyond Time continues the fantasy adventure begun in The Girl from Everywhere. Moving away from its original historical setting, this installment steers the action into mythical locales as Nixie seeks an oracle. The story features teens involved in criminal activities (pirating and other robberies). Sexual content is mostly limited to flirting and cuddling while sleeping. Violent scenes include a nonfatal shooting, the brutal capture of a mermaid, and a climactic battle. Strong language is limited to a dozen instances each of "damn" and "hell," with one or two exclamations of "Jesus," "s--t," and "goddamn." Nixie's father is addicted to opium. Kashmir drinks whiskey.
Is It Any Good?
Mixing piracy and time travel is a potent narrative blend, and this nautical fantasy takes full advantage of its concept. The Ship Beyond Time continues the mind-bending plotting of the previous volume, but it bogs down a little in the middle, with more talk than action. Author Heidi Heilig ratchets up the suspense in the narrative's final third, however, as Nixie seeks answers from an ancient oracle and discovers only more uncertainty. At the end, many tantalizing questions remain unresolved, but most readers will eagerly await the third volume in the series.
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