5 Things About Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

December 19, 2015 Review 42 ★★★★

5 Things About Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
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Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: Publisher
Pages: 496
Release Date: January 5th 2016
Series: Passenger #1
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
passage, n.
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

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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.

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Rating Report
Overall: 4

42 Responses to “5 Things About Passenger by Alexandra Bracken”

  1. Cait @ Paper Fury

    BAHAH THAT LAST GIF THOUGH. XD So I really do want to read this, despite having not read the author’s first series (my bad) and also really sucking at time travel. >_> I just watched the Xmen Days of Future Past and…NOPITY NOPE. MY BRAIN DIED. (But that also could be because ever Xmen movie contradicts another one, but I digress.) The only time travelly book I’ve read is A Thousand Pieces of You. sO. I NEED TO TRY THIS ONE AT LEAST. I like fun. So it’s for me.
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    • Alise

      I think this would be a great book to get into the author with! And I can’t blame you, time travel is TOUGH to follow. Days of Future Past HA, my friend dragged me to that and I hadn’t even seen the other movies so I was EXTRA lost. Yay, fun! :D

  2. Lonna Y.

    Okay, okay, you can have more sailing. =) I never knew that passage also means a brief section in a music score. My music education was sorely lacking. This sounds like such an amazing book. Time travel can be very confusing and tricky, but it appears that Bracken gentle eases readers along. Oh, and I just love that cover–romantic and time capsule-ish.
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    • Alise

      Wheeeeee more sailing! Right? I didn’t either. I have absolutely no musical talent, so. Time travel books usually end up confusing me but this one worked well.

  3. Kelly

    Ohhhh, I cannot wait to read this one! I’ve seen a few mixed reviews so far but knew you wouldn’t let me down Alise. I loved the Darkest Minds series and if this is even better then I dare say it’ll become one of my favourite reads of the year. I’M READY! Brilliant review poppet, loved it! <3
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    • Alise

      If you like the Darkest Minds series then I would definitely recommend this one! I really, really hope you like it :D Thank you so much!

    • Alise

      I have a hard time with time travel books so I was very thankful for the way the author explained it here :) Thank you!

  4. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Ok so I NEED this book in my life, yeah?! *looks at pile of books* Oh, I already have it. So yeah, I need to find time to read it ASAP. I love how you’re sold on the time-travel aspect – we all know how tricky that can be! I expected most of the action to take place on the ship too, so I’m glad you warned us that it wouldn’t be. Expectations are everything! I haven’t read Bracken’s Darkest Minds Trilogy (YET!) so I might not notice the evolution of her writing skills but it’s good to see that it did evolve – it makes me happy when writers continue to better themselves :) Awesome review my dear^^
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    • Alise

      Seriously! I’m usually SO lost when it comes to time travel books so what a relief this one. They really are, I wish someone had told me there wasn’t going to be a lot of sailing because I was really hyped up for that haha. Thank you :D

  5. Lola

    Passenger sounds so good and I love the cover. I am not a fan of time travel, so I am happy you say it’s well done. That’s to bad it got lost a bit in the middle, but it sounds like the rest of the book more than made up for it. I love it when a book hooks me from the start. Great review!
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  6. Anissa

    LOL, that Ang GIF. I’m really looking forward to this, I STILL haven’t read The Darkest Minds though. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to read that before I get a copy of this, just so I can have a taste of Bracken’s writing before! :) I’m glad you enjoyed it!!

    And haha, keeping notes is so hard – it’s so difficult to tear myself away and most of the time my notes aren’t even coherent. xD
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    • Alise

      ;) If you do read the Darkest Minds series before this you can definitely see the evolution of her writing, this was such a great read! Right? Usually I just forget.

  7. Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

    I’m around 150 pages in, and so far I’m hooked! I’m a bit worried about the pace slowing down, but you’re definitely right that Bracken’s writing is beautiful and so descriptive. The adventure so far is quite enticing, and she’s done an impeccable job with the time-traveling aspect. Great review <3
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    • Alise

      Yay, I’m so glad you are enjoying so far! The pace doesn’t slow down TOO bad, but it’s not the fast pace from the beginning, if that makes sense. Thank you! :D

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