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.
My Rating:4/5 stars
If there’s time travel in it,I know I’ll love it. I have never found a time travel book that I don’t enjoy, and will never get tired of the numerous takes that various authors have on this complex subject. Passenger didn’t disappoint when it came to the topic of time travel. I love the unique way Alexandra Bracken went about it and the complex world building that was at first confusing but overall made the book what it was. We follow Etta, a violin prodigy, who is thrust into a world of time travel and is forced to search for a mysterious object alongside Nicholas who wants nothing to do with the time travelling world or the family that accompanies it. Together they go through many time periods as they try to find the object before it’s too late.
I absolutely love books where there’s a race against time so this was a really fun read that kept me on the edge on my seat for the entire time. While it did take me a long time to read it because I was busy studying, Passenger is one of those books that you think you’re at a certain page but it turns out you’re a lot further than you actually are.Though Passenger was pretty long, I wish there was just a little bit more as I was so enraptured.
While I really did enjoy the plot, I feel as though they could’ve focused on the places they traveled to a little more.It felt a little rushed which is understandable since they were under a deadline but they did focus a lot on unnecessary monologues and the insta-love between Nicholas and Etta. Instead of focusing on those really boring things, I think they’re could’ve been more world development or something to that effect
To be honest I wasn’t that much of a fan of Etta, and found her to be kind of boring and overall pretty annoying with very little personality. I didn’t hate her but she wasn’t the best as far as characters go. On the other hand I really loved Nicholas, and loved to see his struggles and his character development and also really liked the way Alexandra intergrated the subject of his race into the story.
As I stated before I really really hated the insta-love because it was unbelievably quick and just felt so stupid. You guys are on a deadline, you can fawn over each other later?? I think that maybe in the romance had developed even just a little bit later, I would’ve liked it a lot more. I don’t hate them together and I do think that they have some chemistry but it was just a little overwhelming especially when they barely knew each other.
All in all I really enjoyed the book and I’m excited to read the sequel as the ending was pretty intense. I’m excited to see how Bracken wraps it up in the last book.