3 stars out of 5
I had high hopes for this book because the description really intrigued me (see below). Being able to use a map to go to any time period sounded like a story that would have lots of different adventures in different places. Instead there was very little traveling and a lot of confusing plots and characters. The main character is Nix and her dad is the captain of the time travelling ship. The author has Nix refer to him as dad, Slate, and Captain. It took me a bit to figure out they were the same person at the beginning of the book. There were a couple time jumps that were interesting but for a 400+ page book the potential to go to many more places was lost. The book left off with the hint that there may be a sequel.
Goodreads summary below
Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination.
As long as her father has a map for it, he 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. Along the way they have found crewmates and friends, and even a disarming thief who could come to mean much more to Nix.
But the end to it all looms closer every day.
Her father is obsessed with obtaining the one map, 1868 Honolulu, that could take him back to his lost love, Nix’s mother. Even though getting it—and going there—could erase Nix’s very existence.