Author: Alexandra Bracken
Series: Passenger series
Published by Hyperion
Genre: YA, science fiction
“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.” –Goodreads
Well after four weeks I have finally finished this book and what can I say
IT WAS AMAZING!
I knew this book was gonna be good. I guess it didn’t fully come to par with my expectations due to its slow beginning but t came close.
I have been waiting to read this novel for a very long time. I was so excited to read it and I had it on my shelf waiting for so long. I mostly wanted to read this book because if the sequels cover (yes I am shallow) and its own cover. I also wanted to read it because everyone was raving about it. So I ordered this book so I was able to read Wayfarer the second installment when it came out. Obviously, that didn’t work out so well for me because obviously it’s February and I just finished.
This book took me FOREVER to read. I don’t know why it took me so long. I wasn’t even that busy these past four weeks. I think maybe it is a combination of school and the fact that I was reading two books at a time which I said a wouldn’t do but of course I did it anyways. I just never had the time or felt like reading I guess. I hope I can finish my TBR this month. I mean seriously this is the first book I finished in February and it’s almost over.
Okay, so let’s stop talking about how I fail at life and how amazing this book is. I don’t know where to begin so I am just gonna start with the plot. At first, I was really disinterested. I think it caught up with too much action way too early for my liking. I mean I didn’t hate it but I guess we didn’t really get a sense of Etta’s life before her sudden turn about. I would have liked a little more developments but all I got was about her relationship with her mom which I guess fuels a lot of her motivation during the story which was alright but I just wished for a little more of a slide into it rather than a shove off a cliff right into the action. Other than that I loved the story.
The concept of the story was good. I haven’t really read a time travel book before but this one was really good. I thought that some of it was confusing but I guess it doesn’t matter because the story was really good. I was held in suspense in many moments and not in others. I think Bracken could have made a little more sense with the fight scenes and even strung them out. Most of the parts I think she really could have taken sometimes one were choppy and one page or less (like the tiger I expected more(not a spoiler)). That is just my opinion, though. Otherwise, I thought the story was intriguing. With all the hype around it, it came close to expectations.
Now to Bracken. As I said above she could have elaborated more. Lots of things during fight scenes or chase scenes were repetitive. She shortened them a lot with no real suspense. It was like you started getting hyped up and then bam it was over. Lots of scenes were like that and could have been elaborated on more. It wasn’t just action scenes. Cute scenes could have been elaborated on more. Again it is just my opinion. Also, she went quickly through the end. I didn’t really like that. I wished for the last 40 pages to be 70 because it would have given room for some elaboration. I also thought she could have had a little more fun with the book instead of having this whole sense of urgency throughout the novel.
Etta was an okay character. She was kind of mediocre and basic. I thought at times she was to okay with what was going on around her. She didn’t act like she was shocked at all by the sudden change in her life. I don’t really think I liked her as much as other book characters. She just wasn’t written for the part. I do like how she is a strong figure and tries to do the right thing. I can’t get over the fact that she wasn’t freaking out because I know I would be if I ended up in a different time.
Nicolaus also was basic and kind of boring. The story wasn’t good because of the characters let me just say that. I mean they were good characters but they weren’t anything special. Nicolaus was just another guy who fell in love with the main girl. I didn’t really feel like he provided much other than to create a love story.
I know that those were pretty negative reviews of the characters but honestly, they weren’t unique, they weren’t exciting. I like books with exciting and unique characters. Usually, a story gets made by the characters.
I don’t have much else to say about this book. It wasn’t one of the best but it also wasn’t one of the worst. I am hoping the next installment will be a little better. I want to end this post here. I am sorry I haven’t really posted anything this month. I really have been buying and not gonna lie this is the only book I have read so far this month and I only have a week left. So now I am going to have to read right after reading this to attempt to meet my goal for this month. So I hope you enjoy this blog.
Star Rating: 4
Have you read this book? What did you think of it?