A Time Traveling Adventure | Passenger by Alexandra BrackenFriday, January 13, 2017
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
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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.
What's This About
Time Traveling Adventure
- Confession time: I have never read an Alexandra Bracken novel. I went into this with absolutely no expectations but was so happily surprised at what Passenger offers. Bracken gives a lovely adventure that is both fast and fresh.
- The introduction—before readers get into the meat of the action—is set up perfectly. It is both simple but gorgeous in its flow to present the act of time traveling. The suspense is continuously building until Bracken allows for some answers to seep through the story. It’s definite genius!
- I kept seeing the novel like a movie inside my head (like with most novels) but the structure was so thought out and executed so well that I wish there was a movie adaptation; it would be amazing to see Passenger on the big screen.
- Essentially, Passenger is about one thing, and one thing only. Etta has got to find the astrolabe. It's a scavenger hunt that spans centuries and countries. Such a hunt could have been dealt with in a much more exciting fashion. However, by giving readers a snippet of a place here or there, where the location spans just a chapter or two—the amount of time spent in one place is minimal, which takes the magic out of the settings.
- Etta is an amazing character. She is strong, fearless, and filled with so much spunk.
- Nicholas is very likable and relatable. As much as readers have seen his type before—the brooding, gorgeous guy with a dark past—it doesn’t stop me from loving him any less.
Clever Structure on Point
- Time traveling adventures always include some sort of backstory that has to make sense. You can’t just throw in some time traveling and have no explanation of how or why people can time travel. Bracken did a fantastic job in structuring the world in which Passenger resides. The clever scavenger hunt through multiple times and locations is a masterful weave of structure.
- As much as the world of time traveling is on point, Passenger does suffer from massive information dumping on its readers. You could start off a chapter that is moving through Etta’s journey but it can quickly turn into too much history. The history, of course, is needed to understand the time traveling world. However, I do believe it could have been given to readers in smaller doses.
A "Supernatural" Ending
- To avoid spoiling you who hasn’t read the book, the ending is superb, yet left me feeling cheated. It’s a weird feeling because here I was expecting someone was going to die and no one did. Like, wait a second, did I read that right?
- It leaves me reeling, ready for the sequel. Readers will definitely have more questions by the end than they do answers.