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Passenger Hardcover – January 5, 2016

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Book 1 of 2 in the Passenger Series

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Gr 9 Up—This series opener doesn't let up its high-octane pace until the final page. In a matter of moments, Etta, a talented teenage violinist in New York City, goes from making her concert soloist debut to finding herself prisoner aboard a ship in the distant past. It turns out she is descended from one of a dwindling number of time-traveling families who manipulate history in an ongoing fight for power and influence. The captain of the ship, Nicholas Carter, was hired to retrieve Etta and bring her to the head of the most powerful family. Together they must travel across the globe and through different time periods in search of the long missing astrolabe. There are plenty of twists and turns and excitement as they travel—though at almost 500 pages, the story has periods where it drags, and complex plot machinations and world-building threaten to overwhelm the narrative. Luckily, the romance crackling between Nicholas and Etta will keep fans intrigued. VERDICT This strong new series will appeal to readers looking for a time-traveling adventure with plenty of drama and romance.—Eliza Langhans, Hatfield Public Library, MA

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"Fans of Outlander will see so much of Claire in Etta, who holds a smart and headstrong lens to history. I can't wait to voyage through the next volume." - VICTORIA AVEYARD, #1 New York Times best-selling author 

"Utterly absorbing, smart, and romantic." - WENDY HIGGINS, New York Times best-selling author of the Sweet Evil series

"Passenger grabs you by the heart from its opening notes and doesn't let go until its knockout, blockbuster finale." - SARAH J. MAAS, New York Times best-selling author of the Throne of Glass series


"[A] rousing series opener... Bracken's saga is sweeping." -  Publishers Weekly

"[Passenger] doesn't let up its high-octane pace until the final page..." - School Library Journal

"... this time-traveling adventure is rich in detail [and] the slowburning relationship between Etta and Nicholas will leave many readers breathless..." - Booklist


"Bracken keeps pages turning."―Kirkus Reviews

Expert? Passenger succeeds as an adventure, as a romance and as a comparison of cultural norms."―New York Times Book Review

"[A] rousing series opener. . . The clever historical allusions, well-crafted subplots, and cliffhanger ending should leave readers awaiting the next volume."―Publishers Weekly

"[Passenger] doesn't let up its high-octane pace until the final page. . . [A] strong new series."―School Library Journal

"This time-traveling adventure is rich in detail, the slowburning relationship between Etta and Nicholas will leave many readers breathless, and the startling cliffhanger will reel them back for the next installment."―Booklist

"Readers will come for the adventure, stay for the romantic tension...Replete with historical details, this novel is a worthy addition to the growing list of time-travel adventure/romance novels and high-stakes cross-continent treasure hunts."―The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"I was truly transported through this novel, a willing passenger pulled through its pages alongside riveting, romantic characters and an immense world with no end in sight. Fans of Outlander will see so much of Claire in Etta, who holds a smart and headstrong lens to history. I can't wait to voyage through the next volume."―Victoria Aveyard, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Red Queen

"Grabs you by the heart from its opening notes and doesn't let go until its knockout, blockbuster finale."―Sarah J. Maas, New York Times best-selling author of the Throne of Glass series

"Expert Passenger succeeds as an adventure, as a romance and as a comparison of cultural norms."―New York Times Book Review

"Readers will come for the adventure, stay for the romantic tension...Replete with historical details, this novel is a worthy addition to the growing list of time-travel adventure/romance novels and high-stakes cross-continent treasure hunts."―The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

PRAISE FOR THE DARKEST MINDS

"The story's quick-paced action leads to a heartbreaking cliffhanger that will have readers eager for the next book in this planned trilogy."―Publishers Weekly

PRAISE FOR THE DARKEST MINDS

"Haunting Bracken creates a gripping and terrifying dystopian world."―Kirkus Reviews

"[Passenger] doesn't let up its high-octane pace until the final page. . . [A] strong new series."―School Library Journal

"This time-traveling adventure is rich in detail, the slowburning relationship between Etta and Nicholas will leave many readers breathless, and the startling cliffhanger will reel them back for the next installment."―Booklist

PRAISE FOR THE DARKEST MINDS

"Bracken's latest maintains constant tension A new twist on dystopia, this is one not to miss."―Romantic Times

PRAISE FOR THE DARKEST MINDS

"A riveting, emotional read that kept me on the edge!"―New York Times best-selling author Melissa Marr

"I was truly transported through this novel, a willing passenger pulled through its pages alongside riveting, romantic characters and an immense world with no end in sight. Fans of Outlander will see so much of Claire in Etta, who holds a smart and headstrong lens to history. I can't wait to voyage through the next volume."―Victoria Aveyard, New York Times #1 best-selling author of Red Queen

"Ambitious and exquisite... Passenger grabs you by the heart from its opening notes and doesn't let go until its knockout, blockbuster finale."―Sarah J. Maas, New York Times #1 best-selling author of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series
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Product Details

  • Series: Passenger
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (January 5, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484715772
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484715772
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.5 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I feel like I have been waiting for this book for so long. I heard the premise ages back, and I knew then that I would love it. However, Passenger is different than Alexandra Bracken's other books. Slow to the build, Passenger strengthens itself through Alexandra Bracken's gorgeous prose and the unique premise that this tale is spun around.

I found it to read more closely as a contemporary with simplicity, rather than a more science fiction read. This was primarily from the pacing of the novel. Rather than building upon itself for more action, Passenger progresses more slowly, allowing readers to savor all the different moments. To me, the peak of the novel seemed to unfold in the last 50 pages of the novel with a beyond brilliant ending, but I had wanted more of that sooner.

That being said, however, doesn't take away from the world Bracken has expertly crafted. I felt as if I was transported alongside Etta and Nicholas as they made their journey. Passenger is a bit more of a romance than Alexandra Bracken's other reads, and I loved how it seamlessly fit into the plot, without making the romance the most important element. I loved Etta and Nicholas from the start that that love only grew as I got to know them better as the book wend on.

Reading Passenger was quite the experience. Rarely do I find myself moved by quotes I find within the pages, but for Passenger, I stopped so many times to reread a paragraph or to write it down. They were passages that seemed so right and just expertly crafted. I have some new favorite Bracken lines to pair with my favorite quote from Brightly Woven all these years later. I also loved the different time periods that Etta and Nicholas journey to; Passenger is clearly very well-researched.

The ending threw me for a loop.
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This just didn't grab me the way I thought (hoped) it would. From the premise I read, months ago, this sounded like it would be a rip-roaring adventure, but it fell flat in a lot of areas. It started off promising, and it ended with a bang, however the middle was sometimes a chore to get through, and it was too easy for me to put down.

I did like it though. I liked it enough to want to read the sequel and see where the story goes and what happens to the characters. I guess I was just hoping I would love it.

That cover though, is absolutely gorgeous.

What I loved

1. Time Travel - This is what drew me to the series in the first place. Having a girl thrown back in time sounded very Outlander-esk. And I love Outlander. But the fact that she doesn't stay in one single time period and continues to travel sounded incredibly intriguing.

2. Local/Time Periods - A lot of fun. I never knew where they were going next. And some of the destinations were very interesting. I particularly enjoyed a couple of the places.

3. Nicholas/Etta Dynamic - The fact that he is part African American, and she is white, and the fact that they come from two very different time periods with very different social structures, made their relationship really different and interesting. It was probably my favorite part of the book. And getting to explore those dynamics even as they shifted through different time periods was a lot of fun.

What I Didn't Like

1. Time Travel - Yeah, I know. It's in my likes. I guess this has more to do with the execution of the time travel. I found the rules to be very confusing at times, and it takes a while for us to get some answers regarding the physics and laws of time travel itself in this world.
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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Book One of the Passenger series
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.
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