Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken 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.

Review: Passenger by Alexandra BrackenTitle: Passenger (Passenger #1)
Series: Passenger #1
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Also by this author: The Darkest Minds
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Genres: Historical Fiction, Sci-Fi, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Rating: four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.

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Book Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

❀ An Amazing Time Travel Book

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.

❀ Wonderful Imagery

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.

❀ Etta is an Interesting Character

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.

❀ Will Appeal to Many

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken 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.

About Alexandra Bracken

Alexandra Bracken

Alexandra Bracken is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Passenger series and the Darkest Minds series. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved east to study history and English at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. After working in publishing for several years, Alex now writes full-time and can be found hard at work on her next novel in a charming little home that's perpetually overflowing with books.

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17 thoughts on “Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

  1. Aila @ One Way Or An Author says:

    Great review! I need to reread this one for a blog tour coming up, but the BEA ARC left a little to be desired. Hopefully the real ARC (with less typos/mistakes) will be awesome! I absolutely love what Alexandra did with the time-travel thing too. YAS to historical accuracy!!

    • Candid Cover says:

      I heard that a few people were disappointed with the first ARC because of the typos. I hope that your reread is very enjoyable and I will watch for your tour post. 🙂

  2. Ashley Montroy says:

    This looks like a book I would love to read! Thanks for such a great review! Now I know what to add to my birthday wish list!

  3. Marilyn says:

    Thanks for the review. I t sounds like a good read. Wishing you and yours a blessed and Merry Christmas. Hope 2016 is a great year for you and your family.

  4. stephaniesbookreviews says:

    I feel like I’ve been reading this one forever and just can’t get into it. I was thinking of DNF-ing it, but I’ve heard it picks up once the time traveling starts which is just about where I’m at, so I’m going to keep going. Glad to hear that you like it, though – gives me hope!

  5. Jaime Lynn says:

    This book sounds so good. I haven’t always had the best time with time travel stories, but when an author nails it… They tend to be faves. Passenger sounds awesome, and the author is one I will always give a chance!

  6. Josephine says:

    Wonderful review! I have been meaning to read this book, not just because the cover is stunning but because the idea of time travel, on a sea voyage type thing sound so dang cool! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  7. Soudha Parsan says:

    This is one of the upcoming books I’m most excited about. Seriously, the hype around this one is crazy huge. Your review makes it sound like it’s worth the hype though so I will be picking this one up as soon as I can. Nice review 🙂

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