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Passenger Hardcover – January 5, 2016
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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
"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
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The novel is very well written, so each jump through time and space feels authentic. It reads like a historical fiction novel with rich details and time period-specific obstacles for the characters to overcome. The writing is very poetic and descriptive allowing you to vividly imagine what is taking place. You view each time period through two different lenses.
Etta is from our time and marvels at the quiet, the rights of the people in that era or the restricting style of dress. Nicholas is from the time of our country's founding and is amazed by the flying machines or rattled by the loudness and speed of cars. He has travelled before, but not enough to desensitize him or dampen his wonder. It adds this wonderful layer of authenticity to the world we're being introduced to.
Our two main characters are likable, believable people with flaws. You hope that the conflict of interest resolves itself without betrayal, but worry the entirety of the book that their friendship (or potential future relationship) will be destroyed. Even as a reader you feel the turmoil and wonder what you would choose when everything was on the line.
My critique is that it feels a little like instalove. Nothing happens right away, but the thoughts in their heads betray the speedy attachment and unexplainable immediate need to protect one another.
Highly recommended to young adult/teen readers who enjoy historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy and contemporary novels. This is hard to place in a genre but I expect it to be well liked by most readers as it is wonderfully written.
The mystery of the astrolabe and the threat of them being caught really wasn't that compelling to me. The tension wasn't there, the stakes just weren't high enough to me. That being said, I was very surprised by the ending.
The time travel aspect was one of the most interesting aspects in that Alexandra Bracken truly did a wonderful job of transporting the reader to each specified destination and time period and immersing us in each unique location. However, the actual dynamics of how the time travel worked in this book were not super clear to me. It all seemed a little muddled and I honestly started zoning out when it started going into detail about the mechanics of it all.
I enjoyed Etta and Nicholas and their love story. Although I didn't think Nicholas was *quite* 18th century enough. Despite the minor issues I had with the book there was something very compelling about their love story, which is what pulled me through the slower parts of the book. They had some very sweet, poignant moments that were beautifully written. I will definitely being reading Wayfarer.
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. I knew something specific needed to happen, but how it would get there? I had no idea. This was a bit of an underdog moment, and it was pretty badass. Things are very interesting now, and I am dying to know how they play out in Wayfarer, which will be even more awesome than Passenger. The ending is what solidified this book for me. I wasn't completely sold until I turned that final page. As much as the ending killed me a little, it was just right.
I liked this one, I did, but it definitely holds a different place for me than The Darkest Minds trilogy or Brightly Woven. Diverse and rich, Passenger is a story of a heroine who doesn't let herself be persuaded or forced by expectations of others. Instead, she reaches out and goes after what she wants.