Release Date: January 5th 2016
Series: Passenger #1
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.
In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.
Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.
Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever
It starts off phenomenally.
PASSENGER immediately drew me in with writing that was just so smooth and an intriguing plot-line that I wanted to know all about. I was glued to the book and the first hundred or so pages flew by as I got to know these extraordinary characters and the story began to take shape.
Kinda lost its way towards the middle.
The pacing did slow down a bit in the middle of the book, but at almost five hundred pages that is not entirely unexpected and wasn’t a deal-breaker for me. Still, I missed the action of the beginning and interesting setting of Nicholas’ ship, where I thought the majority of the book was going to take place but sadly did not. Which was kind of misleading because of the title and ship on the cover. I just want more sailing, okay?
Time travel done right.
When I first heard of PASSENGER, I knew it was going to be a must-read. I do have to admit I was a little hesitant on the time traveling aspect though. But Alexandra Bracken came through and delivered an awesome story. Time travel can be tricky (literally and figuratively) but PASSENGER takes you by the hand and gently guides you through the tricky bits while still giving you the chance to connect the dots for yourself.
A grand adventure.
Etta and Nicholas don’t just travel the world, they travel through time, and we get to experience it all with them: Paris, Damascus, Angkor, on the sea, through the jungle, through the desert-I felt like I was actually there. There were so many fun settings and it truly was an adventure traveling alongside the characters.
History can be fun, what?
The writing is fantastic.
While I loved The Darkest Minds books, PASSENGER is in a league of its own; Bracken’s writing is remarkable and her descriptions bring the world to life without bringing down the pacing. And the quotes. I wish I had noted some of them but I couldn’t tear myself away.
Plus we all know I’m too lazy to take notes ahaha. The characters felt like friends, and the romance was just, GAH.
Obviously, I highly enjoyed PASSENGER. There’s not a single person I wouldn’t recommend it to,
except people who hate FUN, because there really is something in it that everyone can enjoy.