Passenger by: Alexandra Bracken
Published : January 2016
Version Read : Hardback
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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’s been a long time since I’ve been excited to read a book as much as this one. It’s been all over the internet about how wonderful and exciting this novel is. And for the most part I agree, it lived up to the hype, but I had a couple problems with it.
The first and not shocking to anyone is the instalove in this book. It was really really bad. I’m not going to go into it, because everyone knows how I feel, but if you’re planning on sabotaging your loves plan, you don’t really love them. I understand for the purpose of the story and how fast paced it was, they needed to be devoted to each other, but it still could have happened more slowly.
I also would have liked to have seen more of the times they traveled to. They were in Paris for all of five minutes. I would have like to know about more what they saw and how everyone acted. But again for the pacing of the book I understand why it was so short. Maybe the next book will be better now that the author’s set up the story.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was a different take on time travel than I had read before and it was a quick read. There was lots of adventure and twists around every corner. I didn’t see the ending coming and the reveal about who actually killed Alice was a shock to me. I’ll definitely read the next one. Also it may just be the 90’s girl in me but did anyone else laugh when they say the main male’s name was Nicholas Carter? Okay maybe it’s just me.
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