Thursday, October 13, 2016

Book Review #657 - Passenger (Passenger #1) by Alexandra Bracken


This journey is only the beginning...

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Pulled back through time to 1776 in the midst of a fierce sea battle, she has travelled not only miles, but years from home. 

With the arrival of this unusual passenger on his ship, privateer Nicholas Carter has to confront a past that he can't escape and the powerful Ironwood family who won't let him go without a fight. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value; one they believe only Etta can find. 

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by an enigmatic traveler. 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 from Nicholas, and her way home, forever.

My Rating: 4/5

This was my first Alexandra Bracken book and given how much I have heard about her books, and Passenger in particular, I had relatively high expectations for it. 

For a book that is almost 500 pages, Passenger was rather overly detailed and very slow to get moving. 

There was so much back story in this book regarding the families and their abilities to transport through time. Arguably, that amount of depth was needed to make the story coherent, but it really did slow down the pacing of the book immensely. 

It was refreshing to have an African American as the love interest as YA literature seriously lacks cultural and racial diversity. 

This book over its journey is set in a lot of different countries in a lot of different eras. My favourite of these was war time London as it seemed like a very terrifying yet intriguing time. 

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