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Book Review ღ Passenger


Title: Passenger

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Historical Fiction

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 486

Date Read: July 16 – 24, 2016



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.


As expected of Alexandra Bracken!

Another amazing work from one of my top favorite authors. Compared to The Darkest Minds trilogy, Passenger embarks more travel and adventures than violence and deaths. The story is dating from modern to old century. If you’re a history nerd like me, you’ll probably dive into this book and get lost in it. One of the most interesting part in this book is how it viewed Political empowerment and social hierarchy during the old days. It educates people how during the old times, things were a lot harsher then, compared to now. And where during those times, money was everything, and people were judged by their colors and beliefs.

I  have always been the type of person who loves everything about the past. From architecture to cars to fashion. One thing I never appreciated from histories are the social discrimination and how racism back then was very terrible. There were things like slavery and people were bought like they’re some kind of object that can be passed from one household to another. And reading this book just proved how terrible the rich were during those times.

Now about the book… I have always embraced time-travelling stories, though I’ve never read much. The beginning of the Passenger was a little slow-paced for me, and just after a few chapters, I started wondering what the hype really was about. I’ve never really truly appreciated the first few chapters, not until the two main characters, Etta and Nicholas, finally met. The two characters’ chemistry was like a mix of drugs you can’t get enough of. Although very different from each other, Etta coming from the present time and Nicholas from the 17th or 18th century, you’d think there’d be a lot of complications between the two. But the things is, their differences is what gave the two the perfect chemistry. I’m kind of hoping there won’t be any love triangles happening in the next books in the series. I loved how The Darkest Minds series was written where there was only Liam and Ruby from beginning till the end. Clancy can’t even be considered a third party, since Ruby never really looked at him that way and there really wasn’t any romance going on. Only hunger for power or something like that.

Though after reading the Synopsis for Wayfarer, the next book to Passenger, I’m starting to worry we might just get what we’re hoping we wouldn’t. I’m really starting to get concerned about Julian Ironwood. But If I remember correctly, Alex already denied any love triangles happening in this series, and I loved that she said that. I’m really holding a tight grip onto her words.

Anyways, the time travelling was the best part in the book. It started to get really good when the main characters starts their journey and time hopping, not only in old England, but also in other countries as well. This made me want to time travel, because like I said, I’m a History nerd. The way Alexandra described the people and country during each century made it so easy to envision them. You’ll feel like your traveling along with the characters themselves. And THAT is exactly how you would carry a reader and get them lost along with the story.

All in all, I gave this book 4 stars! I highly recommend this book to everyone. You might get a little bored at the beginning of the book, but I promise it only gets better and better from there.

Happy reading, bookworms! 🙂




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