Monday, July 11, 2016

Review- Passenger by Alexandra Bracken


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. 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.

Release date: January 5th, 2016
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Page numbers: 486


What intrigued me about Passenger by Alexandra Bracken was the cover and the blurb. I have read less than a handful of books regarding time travel and Passenger had time travel in it so I became even more interested. I surprisingly did end up enjoying Etta and Nicholas' journey in Passenger. It had a little bit of history and these two travel to so many places. It was interesting.

Let's start with Etta. Etta is our heroine. She loves to play the violin but has somehow suffered from stage fright. One night in New York, present day, when she is to perform a strange incident happens which pushes her back through time. Like, centuries back. Now she's on a ship and she has to figure out what's going on and how she can get back to the life she knew. I really liked Etta. She was thrown into a world she had no clue about and still she managed to remain sane. I loved how determined she was and I overall liked her personality.

On the ship, Etta meets numerous characters. Some know what's going on more than the others and Etta has to decide whom she can trust. The book is not a romance but I loved the romantic thread going on. Nicholas was a great hero. What I loved was that he was African American and we hardly get to see inter racial romances. It was also an eye opener how difficult things were for people of colour in the olden times. But Nicholas was strong and he wanted to make something of himself.

Nicholas and Etta were great together. Their relationship grows slowly but there is always a connection between them. But aside from the romance there is a the whole riddle that Etta has to solve by travelling to various countries in various times to save her mother. Passenger takes complicated family to a whole new level as every single person has an agenda of their own.

You need a little bit of patience while reading Passenger. The book is almost 500 pages long and it takes time for things to build up where they are. I can see why the author took time and effort to build up the settings because all that time travel could give anyone a whiplash and the reader had to orient themselves with that particular time and place as well. Passenger does not end on a note where everything is sorted. There are many more things left to do and many questions left unanswered. But I am curious to know more in Wayfarer which is the next book in the series. With the perfect combination of time travel, romance and action Passenger was a good read for me.

*Note: A copy of this book was provided by Hachette India in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.

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