I received The Girl From Everywhere for my birthday as one of the surprise books from my humangous wishlist. Smart people that my parents are, they chose very well! Just look at the cover, the simplicity of the water and that gorgeous ship, it basically screamed “Kat! Pick me up! *whispers conspicuously* There might be pirates!” (they technically weren’t pirates, but they were super close, so it counts!).
It was really easy for me to dive into Nix’ world, even though I usually need a bit to warm to books with a slow pace. I originally planned on binge-reading this book super quickly before starting the Raven Cycle, but then I simply couldn’t do it. This book is meant to be savoured, every word appreciated and thought through. At first I thought the set up was quite easy, but it turned out to be such an intricate and complicated world that I couldn’t even keep up all the time. I hope to get an ever better understanding of the supernatural workings in the conclusion to the duology.
However, ships, time travel – it was really easy to suck me in. Nix is one of those precious female characters that can be vulnerable and badass at the same time. You instantly understand how precarious her situation is, that eternal struggle of “Should I stay or should I go?”, but I absolutely adored watching her relationships with the other characters. Sometimes, when there’s already a lot that has happened in the past, you don’t understand the connections between people, but that was not the case here at all. You could see the bonds and that they were a family.
I was very angry with Slate a lot of the time, but not so much in the end. The characters, besides Nix, that took the spotlight for me were Kashmir and Blake though. Those two boys are polar opposites, but I couldn’t dislike either one. Kashmir is this grand charmer with a heart of gold, whereas Blake has such a strong moral compass and just seems a downright good guy. Of course I know which one I would like Nix to end up with and I don’t think the other one actually stands a realistic chance. But … maybe I am wrong. Only the second book will be able to prove me wrong or right.
Last but not least, I just want to say that I loved the translations and explanations in the end. I adore books that incorporate tales from all kinds of cultures and different languages. There generally was quite a bit of diversity to the book, so yay for that! If this was any indication of how the series will continue, I say that The Ship Beyond Time will have a great conclusion and a grand finale!
Fazit: 4/5 stars! Ships and time travel and paradise and badass characters – why are you even still here? Pick up this book!
Have you read The Girl From Everywhere? Did you fall in love with it as well?