Passenger by Alexandra Bracken


Book: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Series: Passenger #1
Pages: 486
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Date Published: January 5th, 2016
Source: Owned
Date Started: January 8th, 2016
Date Finished: February 2nd, 2016
Other Books Reviewed: The Darkest Minds, Never Fade, In The Afterlight

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


Oh Alex Bracken, you’ve done it again. After reading The Darkest Minds series, I was dying for more of her books. I feel like I waited an eternity for Passenger to come out. Needless to say, the wait was worth it.

When I first started Passenger, it took me a while to get into it. The beginning is so dense because its a bit of an info dump. I think this is necessary to set up the world building. I also got the sense that there was an intentional disorientation. Etta is thrown into a new world and time abruptly, and at times you feel as lost as she does. This is important, in my opinion, because it allows you to grow and learn with Etta. You become more invested.

Once the action does pick up, it doesn’t let up until the very end. It does feel like it won’t pick up when you first start, but hang in there! It gets much better, I promise! Things start to get crazy when the stakes get higher. Its really interesting to see how far people are willing to go for the love of another- including changing all of history.

Speaking of history, I really loved this aspect. I loved that it didn’t revolve around Western culture and history. I loved that there was diversity and we got to see some new places and diverge into different culture. I also loved the bi-racial relationship of Etta and Nicholas. It was really interesting to see how the social norms from their respective home timelines came into play when they interacted with each other and people around them. On top of that, add the social customs and norms of each place they visited.

This has become one of my favorite time travel books. Bracken did a fantastic job with every little detail. Once you get the hang of whats happening and how things work, it easily becomes a book you can’t put down!


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