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Title: Passenger (Passenger #1)
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Summary (from Goodreads):
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.
Passenger is one of those books that you wish would never end! The novel is all about time travel and its attention to historical details is impeccable. There is also a main character who plays the violin, is very relatable and adds depth to the story.
Bracken has created an amazing time travel book with Passenger! I loved the way the concept of time travel is incorporated in this particular book. The characters not only travel to a different year, but they also travel to different locations around the world. The constant change in setting was refreshing and really made the book a fast paced adventure.
I am honestly not a huge historical fiction fan, but Passenger worked for me. All of the little details seem historically accurate. Also, the characters paid close attention to their outfits, making sure that they dressed appropriate for the time period. It was really easy to visualize the incredible transformation of the chrononauts and Bracken paints a wonderful image for the reader in her descriptions of their attire. A great deal of research must have gone into this book, and as a reader, I am appreciative.
The character that seems to be the most interesting in Passenger is Etta. First of all, she plays the violin, which gives her a distinct quality that is just so fantastic. Etta is also very calm about the whole time travel concept and adjusts well to each location. These attributes make Etta a character that has so many layers and really makes her an amazing time traveller to read about.
Passenger is an incredible historical time travel book that will appeal to many. The protagonist, Etta is also a very interesting character that adds an incredible flavour to the novel.This wonderful story is one that should be on your radar, as it contains so much depth and intrigue.