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Wayfarer (Passenger) Hardcover – January 3, 2017
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Gr 9 Up—The times, they are a-changin', and no one knows that better than a time traveler. When this sequel to Passenger opens, two weeks have elapsed since Etta was in Damascus, where she was shot in the shoulder, a coveted astrolabe was stolen from her, and she was separated from her beloved Nicholas. Now Etta must retrieve the astrolabe so that the right time line can be maintained. Etta, the Thorns (the good guys), and the Ironwoods (the bad guys) trade blows across continents and centuries, from Carthage in 148 BCE to Imperial Russia in 1919 to New York City in 1939 and a dozen times and places in between. Bracken's knowledge of history is formidable. Each location is vividly depicted, right down to the smells. The two clans vie for the astrolabe and the power it wields, amid street fights, poisonings, diseases, witch curses, elephant rampages, and earthquakes. With such an impressive panoply of perils, action drives the narrative. Even so, secondary threads are engaging and make the novel relatable to teen readers. For instance, several characters wrestle with repercussions of childhood poverty and fear, and Etta struggles with parental approval and remembers being a child in her mother's chilly presence: "Loneliness had a pitch—that high whine of static that coated silence." It is in conveying these intensely human issues that Bracken's prose shines. VERDICT An exciting, well-told story, but reading Passenger first is a must, so buy where that volume is popular.—Jennifer Prince, Buncombe CountyPublic Libraries, NC
"Bracken's knowledge of history is formidable... [Her] prose shines."―School Library Journal
"Bracken is always aware of how women, same-sex relationships, and biracial Nicholas would be received in times that range from ancient Carthage to imperial Russia to 1906 San Francisco... The stakes are high, and those who have followed Etta on her journeys won't be putting this down until the explosive end."―Booklist
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WAYFARER concludes this time-traveling duology with a dynamic chase filled with feuds, betrayal, and love lost and found, sending all players sprinting around the globe to the beat of a ticking drum. With a heavier cast of violence and a softer glance of romance this story digs down to the roots and unearths the impossible.
This book was plenty of great fun especially if you enjoyed the first book but hoped for more action. There was plenty going on, lots of gunfire and adrenaline and puzzles and cryptic deals, and yet somehow it still felt a bit slow. Although I definitely enjoyed getting to know all sorts of new characters such as Etta’s father, the Belladonna, Julian, Li Min, etc., as well as getting to know more about some of the secondary characters from the previous book.
And the ending was pretty well done in the sense of wrapping things up for the main characters/the characters you’ll have come to care about. So that was nice.
Just overall it was slow and I couldn't get into it so it was a bit of a struggle for me to get through.
Oh, but just a heads up: if you swooned for the romance in PASSENGER between Etta and Nicholas then just know that it takes a very long time for them to meet up again.
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But there is a lot of untold secrets and ancient mysteries that Etta and Nicholas will discover that might change everything.
They have to distinguish between friends and foes and figure out the best course of action that will hopefully bring peace to the constantly fighting time travel families and holds the brightest future.
I liked this second and final book a lot more than the first book that I thought focused too much on the romance. Here we get a lot more of action and a plot that you don’t know where will take you until the very end. I also liked that we get to know more characters well (other than Etta and Nicolas).
The issues that I had while reading is that I would have liked to see some more hints in book one about some stuff that is introduced in this book so there wouldn’t be as much information dump. And I sometimes found scenes confusing and couldn’t quite picture them unless reading sentences over again.
But overall I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a good conclusion to this duology.
Etta, on the other hand, has landed with the Thorns; mainly her father. The way he treats her, like she is precious and respected, is a revelation. She sees what being a family of travelers can be like, and what is at stake. Is it right to destroy the astrolabe as she had wanted? What would happen to everyone? With the world blowing up around her, Etta has to decide who to trust and how to proceed with her life. Can she have a future with Nicholas even if she finds him again?
I was on pins and needles waiting on this book since finishing the last. I loved it so much! The world building, the detail, the character interaction… I just loved it. I enjoyed that you got to see deeper into some of the side characters, get a better feel for their hearts. We got to understand Etta’s mother Rose better, meet her father Henry, and have a firmer understanding of Sophia who is a very complex, difficult character. Setting each chapter by first listing the date and location allowed me to easily jump from character to character and keep up with the different story lines. While there were times I was livid with characters, there isn’t a part of this book I didn’t like. Five stars all the way! I sincerely hope there will be at least one more book- the way it ended, there could be many!
On the adult content scale, there is language (thank you, Sophia), and violence mostly. I would have no qualms about handing this off to the teens in my life, so I am still rating it a four.