Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

The Girl from Everywhere
Author: Heidi Heilig
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: February 16, 2016

The Girl from Everywhere is about a girl named Nix who lives aboard a time traveling ship captained by her father Slate. Slate is seeking a map to return to a time where Nix's mother is still alive so that he can save her. The story asks, how much would you sacrifice for love?

I really enjoyed the premise of the story but the world-building was lacking. A lot of things just didn't make sense to me. I'm not sure if this is because I was listening to the audiobook, but I think things just needed to be clearer. I wanted to know more about map lore, the differences between fantasy and reality maps, and why only some people can use maps to time travel. These things weren't discussed in a meaningful way and it made the magic less magical to me.

That being said the characters made up for a lot of the issues I had with the world-building. Kashmir was my favorite. A thief from a desert land, who had the most obvious crush on Nix. He was clearly who I was rooting for in the love triangle that Nix finds herself in. I'm sure you just cringed when I mentioned the love triangle but I honestly didn't mind it. The two people Nix is interested in represent two futures she could have had if she wasn't a time traveler. Blake, a local boy from the time she should be living in in Hawaii represents what could have been and Kashmir represents her present. I liked this dichotomy. I do wish the secondary characters had been more fleshed out. They were all interchangeable to me and I mostly just thought of them as "the crew" rather than as individuals, I hope that in the sequel the author has time to expand on these characters.

The audiobook narration was fantastic. I liked the voices that Kim Mai Guest used, her deep Kashmir voice and even the dog bark she did to represent Blake's dog was fun. I like it when narrator's get into voicing the characters, and you could tell this narrator was enjoying herself.

I liked this book and would recommend the audiobook specifically. It was about a 9 hour listen and I never once found myself bored by either the story or the narrator. I had a couple of little things; characters and world-building, that could have been more polished but overall this was a solid debut novel and I'll definitely be reading (or listening to) the sequel.


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  2. Great review! I haven't done audiobooks in a few years, but i find I concentrate less on the details with them as my mind tends to wander more. But it sounds like the characters made up for the lack of world building - which can be ok in my book!

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