Release Date: January 3rd 2017
Series: Passenger #2
Genres: Action & Adventure, General, Love & Romance, Time Travel, Young Adult
All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected—Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master’s heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta’s past could put them both at risk.
Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia are racing through time in order to locate Etta and the missing astrolabe with Ironwood travelers hot on their trail. They cross paths with a mercenary-for-hire, a cheeky girl named Li Min who quickly develops a flirtation with Sophia. But as the three of them attempt to evade their pursuers, Nicholas soon realizes that one of his companions may have ulterior motives.
As Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognizable… and might just run out on both of them.
After enjoying PASSENGER by Alexandra Bracken last year, I was pretty excited for WAYFARER. PASSENGER delivered a grand adventure with time travel done right, so I was expecting the sequel to be the same. While a great read, WAYFARER got a little slowed down by smaller details.
Exploring more relationships
Not only were we introduced to new characters, new sides emerged from old faces. We got to see different characters and how they interacted with each other – some having very interesting dynamics together. These relationships, including those that were fresh and those that had been introduced in the last book, are fleshed out even more. With high stakes and surprising outside circumstances coming into play, people change and relationships are tested. The characters were probably my favorite aspect of this novel so it was shame the two mains were apart for so long.
Action and revelations but didn’t get anywhere
When I first picked up WAYFARER, it hooked me immediately. Things kept happening that kept my interest, especially with the chapters alternating between Etta and Nicholas. Scenes would always be a huge tease by leaving Etta and going back to Nicholas or vice versa. However, once I put the book down I really thought about what had happened and how it would affect the plot in the grand scheme of things and I was sort of disappointed. So although the book kept going most of the time, it rarely actually seemed like it was going anywhere that would affect the conclusion, which made me realize there were some slow sections.
Bracken’s writing really keeps the reader engaged in WAYFARER. It’s descriptive and vivid without ever being too clunky or tedious. The dialogue is well balanced with the descriptions, and it is easy to imagine everything that is going on in this world. I do wish we had gotten to read more about the settings (since the characters are time travelers and visit so many cool places) but overall I found few faults with the writing.
The ending of WAYFARER probably will not surprise anyone, but it was a great journey getting there and I definitely savored this duology. While Bracken’s original trilogy was enjoyable, I think she really shines in this newest series and I would recommend checking it out.