The Ship Beyond Time: The Girl from Everywhere, Book 2

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Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Clever time-travel adventure veers into mythical realms.

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Educational Value

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.

Positive Messages

Sometimes it's better not to know the future. Becoming obsessed with the past can lead to tragedy.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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

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.

Sex

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.

Language

Perhaps a dozen uses of "hell" and "damn," plus one or two of "Christ," "s--t," and "goddamn."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Nixie's father is an opium addict in withdrawal. Kashmir drinks whiskey in one scene.

What 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.

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Teen, 15 years old Written bylillianwatson101 December 14, 2017

Good, Interesting Book

"The Ship Beyond Time" is a very interesting book. So much happens. I do recommend that you read the first book, though. This book is an easy read for... Continue reading

What's the story?

At the beginning of THE SHIP BEYOND TIME, Nixie and the crew of the time-traveling ship Temptation arrive in modern-day New York City. There she learns she's fated to lose the love of her life and end up like her heartbroken, embittered father. Unable to face the possibility of witnessing the death of her best friend, Kashmir, she steers her ship toward Ker-Ys, a mythical utopia where she hopes to meet a man who can tell her how to change the past and alter the future. What she finds brings into question every aspect of her life.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about time travel in The Ship Beyond Time. Why are time-travel stories so popular in books and movies and on TV shows? How does the possibility of time travel relate to questions of predestination and free will?

  • If you could go back in time, would you try to change history? What might be the dangers of doing so?

  • Do you think most people have a single "true love"?

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