- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: Greenwillow Books (Feb. 16 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062380753
- ISBN-13: 978-0062380753
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.6 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 717 g
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #190,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Girl from Everywhere Hardcover – Feb 16 2016
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“History and mythology fans will love this fast-moving ride through time, where mythological maps take Nix and the crew to real places with items and creatures true to the map’s design…This must-have fantasy adventure will appeal to fans of Rick Riordan’s ‘Kane Chronicles.’” (School Library Journal (starred review))^“One of my absolute favourite reads of 2016, Heidi Heilig’s debut captured me completely from the first page. A lushly written time-traveling adventure with an imaginative magical twist, real heart and real heartbreak, and a major dash of swoon.” (Alwyn Hamilton, author of Rebel of the Sands)^“A skillful mashup of science fiction and eclectic mythology, enlivened by vivid sensory detail and moments of emotional and philosophical depth. …A nonstop time-travel romp.” (Kirkus Reviews)^“With time travel, fantasy, Hawaiian history, mythology, cute animals, and a feisty femaleprotagonist, romance and fantasy readers will find much to enjoy.” (Booklist)^“[A] time-travel adventure…Heilig’s writing is richly immersive, and a mature exploration of complicated love, both familial and romantic, underlies the story. A riveting and far-reaching fantasy that crosses seamlessly across the centuries, posing questions about fate, loyalty, and belonging.” (Publishers Weekly)^“This thrilling swashbuckler-steeped in history, myth, and legend-finds a solid anchor in its colorful characters. …Fascinating, thought-provoking and wonderfully imagined, The Girl From Everywhere will spark the adventurer inside every reader.” (Shelf Awareness)^“The world Heilig has built is a creative blend of actual history and fantasy elements grounded in ancient and modern myths. Her novel is simultaneously an adventure story, a love triangle, and a meditation on big topics like the idea of home and the tension between fate and free will.” (BookPage)^“Heilig presents a dizzying array of intermeshed events, dates, and maps. The plot is rooted in actual Hawaiian history, and redolent with realistic details and Hawaiian folklore. …The reader may ultimately be surprised at how smoothly the fantastical elements here mesh with the real.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))^“A truly exciting book, brimming with adventure, history, and sinuous potential. … “The Girl from Everywhere” is a bewilderingly good book. …Heidi Heilig is one to watch.” (Christian Science Monitor)
From the Back Cover
The one thing she could never buy was more time.
Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination. With the right map, her father can sail to any time, any place, real or imagined: nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights, a mythic version of Africa. But the end looms closer every day.
Her father is obsessed with obtaining a map of Honolulu that can take him back to his lost love, Nix’s mother. Even though going there could erase Nix’s very existence. For the first time, Nix is entering unknown waters. She could find herself, find her family, find her own fantastical ability, her own epic love.
Or she could disappear.--This text refers to the Library Binding edition. See all Product description
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An island paradise, A ship that can touch any shore. And a map that may lead to Nix's undoing. The Girl From Everywhere is that exciting bit of magic and pirates that YA has desperately needed.
I love pirates, I love time travel, I love diversity-- there was nothing this story was lacking. Right from the first page this book wastes no time in driving straight into tension, conflict, and action. After years of searching, Nix's father finally catches wind of a map of Honolulu from 1868. He's searched for years so he could save her mother, and this time the map looks real. Nix's inner conflict of helping her father, even if it could ultimately erase her from existence, is bold and powerful, sucking the reader in right from the first page. The pull of loyalty she feels towards her father outweighs her fear of the unknown and they sail for Hawaii-- only to discover their map has been mis-dated, and they arrive in 1884. This tension has a perfect pacing and doesn't let up until the very last page.
The cast of characters is delightfully diverse, featuring a half-Chinese main character, a French-Arabic love interest from One Thousand and One Nights, and a black lesbian crewmate, just to start. The book is #ownvoices as the author herself is Chinese and grew up in Hawaii, where much of the book takes place. As well, the book is filled with myths from all over. We see Emperor Qin's stone soldiers come to life, to Hawaiian healing springs and the Hu'akai Po, Jewish golem magic, to the bottomless bag from Welsh legend. Instead of just throwing in characters of different backgrounds or orientation, The Girl From Everywhere embraces diversity in a way all YA books should take note of. It integrates legends and myth from a variety of cultures, and even highlights the diversity in our own history (Nix's mother is Chinese and came to work in the opium dens. Many Chinese immigrants came to Hawaii during this time). The book doesn't just toe the line of diversity, but shows us how it can really enrich writing and worldbuilding.
Along with killer tension and delightful characters, the book has a wonderful plot that keeps things turning and readers guessing. Since this is a time-travel book, there is a lot of paradox-correcting that goes on. It's not nearly as much as some stories, but if you're one to nit-pick over time travel paradoxes, it will still give you things to pick at. But they are minor and handled well. The writing itself is pretty straight to the point and doesn't waste a lot of time with fancy descriptions. Yet it also has its lyrical moments in terms of prose.
** Spoilers in the following paragraph**
The only real issue I had with the book came down to its final chapter. The conflict and most of the tension revolves around Nix's father wanting the map back to her mother, despite the danger it may put Nix in. This conflict starts from page one and carries a lot of the emotional weight. But in the last chapter, when Slate, Nix's father, has the map he wants, he instead decides to throw it into the ocean. He has spent years, pretty much Nix's entire time alive, searching for this map, and on the last page he 'chooses' Nix and gives up the love of his life. Granted, he and Nix became closer on this mission, but there was nothing life changing or stunning that would justify his complete 180. Everything they struggled for during the book ended up being for naught. The characters did grow together through this journey, but there was nothing about this journey that stood out as being significant or more meaningful than their any other journey. I was left with a feeling of "Why now?" It reminded me of the cliched "It was all a dream" ending, where characters learn but ultimately none of the stakes have any real effect on the story.
4/5 stars. A stunning pirate fantasy adventure flush with diverse folklore and faces.
I was thoroughly confused about a lot of things. I did enjoy the book but I have way too many questions. Like I don't understand Nix's past and past-present relationship with her mother's friend. Also, one of the female characters in the books comes from a very distant past but had a wife?? Was that even allowed in some cultures many hundreds of years ago? Or was that a fictional world?
Despite my strong confusion, I did read the whole thing and I did enjoy it for the most part. I'll definitely have to read it again before reading the sequel. Hopefully some of my questions will be answered.
I really liked the characters Kashmir "Kash," Blake, and Slate. It's not entirely clear if there's a real love triangle between Kash, Nix, and Blake, but I don't think I'd mind one. Slate, Nix's father, is deeply obsessed with being reunited with Nix's dead mother, even though it could mean erasing Nix's existence. I hated him at times but as a character he was always interesting and engaging. I look forward to seeing what happens to them all.
There was a very dreamy romantic feel to the writing here, it was breathtaking and magical without being the least bit cheesy. And there’s just something so intriguing and whimsical about traveling by sea from place to place, from time to time, living like pirates. I just loved the entire tone of this book. It mixed histories, legends, cultures, languages and adventure all into one.
I loved Nix, her stubborn drive, her fears. She was a great character. Strong and independent, but fiercely loyal and flawed. I loved her friendship with Kashmir, who held his own sense of dreamy romance. The more they interacted, as their clever banter and obvious affection for each other grew, I was so drawn in to them. So smitten with Kashmir’s charm, I couldn’t help but root for the two of them as they banded together, always sharing an inside secret or joke, it made me grin from ear to ear. There were certain scenes here that were just so perfect I wished I was watching a movie so I could rewind and rewind again, just to replay the moment.
And then, there was the love triangle. I never thought I would be on board with a love triangle, I’m just as surprised as you are, but I really liked how this one played out. It wasn’t just teen hormones running rampant with opportunity and attention; it didn’t exist just to cause drama in our lead heroine’s life. Both people offered different opportunities, different lives, different loves. And they were both decent guys, or at least they seemed to be, in their own ways. Both genuinely seeming to care for Nix, in their own ways. And while there was a bit of a rivalry and mutual jealousy, they weren’t jerks about it and their issues didn’t once interfere with the task at hand or even distract Nix for one second. I was, for the first time in a really long time, torn by which direction I wanted her to follow her heart. I guess, like them, I’m a fool for love.
I’m fascinated with the concept of time and anything with time travel or time slips immediately becomes an obsession. So it was super interesting to see Heilig’s take on time travel, what the travel could change and impact on the present or future. Not to mention how they travel in this story. It’s so clever and really unique. Loved it! I don’t want to give anything away, but this concept was so well done, it was pretty much perfect.
As grateful as I am for the e-ARC of this, I definitely want to get my hands on a final copy where the maps are included (in my copy, it just says “map to come later”). I can’t wait to see how beautiful they will end up looking and I have no doubt the inclusion of a map will add to the beauty of the book as a whole. Definitely something to look forward to.
Seriously, I want this to be made into a movie. I want to read the next book now. I am making my partner read it immediately and you should too. If I were to recommend one book for 2016, it would be this. I see big things for this, it can be really, really magical. It is really, really magical! Simply put, this book completely swept me away.
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