“It’s our choices that matter in the end. Not wishes, not words, not promises.”
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Publisher: Quercus Children’s Books
In one devastating night, 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 travelled not just miles but years from home.
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. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, his passenger, can find.
Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveller who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to their target, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home forever.
Rating: 3.5 (?)
Passenger is a time travel novel written by Alexandra Bracken – two things I’ve rarely looked into. I hardly ever read time-travel because a lot of it (for some reason) tends to be focused around the Victorian or Elizabethan eras which I find to be extremely boring. But thankfully this book pulled off the historical aspects extremely well.
If anything Alexandra Bracken is extremely talented at writing. Her writing style is beautiful and the way she writes is poetic, yet not to the point, it’s overwhelming. The way the romance is written in this book fit so well with the characters and how their personalities were portrayed. Heated but sweet with (mainly Nicholas) some wanting.
Etta was an interesting character to read. Her interactions with people and the society around her as she explores different time periods were accurate and fun to read about. It was clear that she had literally no idea what she was doing to begin with (thank god because if she was a sudden prodigy it would have been extremely frustrating to read). She and Nicholas’ development throughout the story were done extremely well – although, I’m not sure if that leaves a lot of space for continuation on this in the second book of the duology.
The historical choices in this book were probably my favourite to read about! It’s clear that a lot of research and dedication had been put into both choosing and writing about these time periods and places. I was fascinated and enthralled each time a new location was revealed – and honestly, I wish we got to see more of the world!
The only aspect of ‘Passenger’ that I wasn’t the biggest fan of was the extremely slow beginning. The action didn’t really completely start until about 200 pages into the book – and honestly, if the concept of the book hadn’t intrigued me I think I would have put the book down. I feel like the main body of the story could have started a lot earlier to be completely honest.
If you’re able to push through the slow beginning I think this is an extremely enjoyable read! The romance, character development and plotline were intriguing, original and really fun to read about! I will 100% be continuing onto the next book because if anything this book did have a phenomenally written ending!
Sidenote: The diversity in this book was also amazing! We need more diversity in a fantasy!
Hope your next read is great! 🌱