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Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

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“It’s our choices that matter in the end. Not wishes, not words, not promises.”

I also picked this one up from my library via the online site. So for those of you that don’t know, I am in the Coast Guard. I see anything about ships and I am instantly intrigued. This story begins with a voyage. The cover on top of that are what originally attracted me to this book. I’ve read a little bit of the Darkest Minds Series and I think Alexandra Bracken is extremely talented.

My Rating: B+

Goodreads Synopsis: 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…

My Thoughts: I honestly was not expecting time travel when I picked up this book. However, out of all the time travel books that I’ve read, this one ranks pretty highly. For one, it’s not just a free for all. There are restrictions on travel, which I find to be more accurate. I like the family dynamics in this, a dynasty of all-powerful people going up against a girl with little to no experience always appears in YA one way or another. The settings of this novel were extremely well-written. Bracken must have done a serious amount of research to figure out how each time period and each location would behave. I applaud her hard work.

What I Liked: There is a lot of Feminist themes in this one. A girl going back in time and upsetting the social norms, telling people that they don’t have to be what society tells them to be. In general, I held Etta in pretty high regard. Mostly because she is willing to give up everything to do what is right, no matter if it makes her a hero or not. I think we lost that in YA sometimes when characters become obsessed with being the good guy. I think that Nicholas Carter is a good balance to her sacrificing everything for the sake of the good and just because his number one goal is to protect her. He’s doing everything he can to keep her alive and I think that’s the only reason she makes it as far as she does in this book, because she’s got him watching her back.

What I Disliked: The romance is going pretty much from the beginning. Which I get, there is an instant attraction sometimes when you meet people. However, when your mother has just been kidnapped and is being held against you as ransom, how important is seducing the guy who is a direct descendant of your enemy? Sometimes I feel like YA forces romance on us, as though it is necessary to write it in order to have a good story. Don’t get me wrong, I was into it, the romance had my heart beating faster and all that, but wouldn’t we get more of a reaction out of it if it wasn’t shoved down our throat every second? This is a usual complaint of mine, mostly when the romance feels forced. Passenger isn’t too bad about this, while there were some scenes where I was cringing as its sole purpose was to add romance and not enhance the story.

Would I recommend it? Yes, it’s got a really good time-travel vibe going. I like the main characters and I am looking forward to the next one.

Is this book on your to-read list? What time would you travel to if you could? Is there a fate for all of us?

-Leah

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5 thoughts on “Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

  1. I really like the time-travel aspects in this book, it’s very well handled by the author. The romance had me rolling my eyes a bit but I found it less annoying than in many other stories.

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