Series: Passenger #1
on January 5th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Science-fiction, Fantasy
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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.\r\n\r\nIn 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.\r\n\r\nNicholas 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.\r\n\r\nTogether, 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.\r\n\r\n
From the moment I read the synopsis, I was intrigued. The cover was gorgeous, the premise was interesting, and the characters were diverse. Sounds like the perfect book, right? I was sure I was going to love it. Unfortunately, it ended up falling somewhere in that dreaded middle ground of being pretty good, but not wonderful that makes books really hard to review. Not a lot of complaints, but also not a lot to rave about. I don’t like feeling less than passionate about a book, whether it’s because it’s amazing or awful, but sometimes it happens. I like books about time travel, and I thought that aspect was well done. I would’ve liked to have spent more time in each of the locations, but when you’re on a mission, you don’t have time for the luxury of stopping to do some sightseeing. I also thought it was interesting the way that the relationship between Etta and Nicholas progressed and changed and had to adapt to the unique challenges of different time periods. I enjoyed the clues that had been hidden in plain sight for Etta, and the mystery of fitting them all together. She certainly grew over the course of the book, and although I didn’t really relate to her in any way, I liked her and was rooting for her. So, you’re probably thinking that this all sounds great! What’s not to like? Well, at times I found the book to be a bit too wordy. It sometimes got bogged down and I felt the pace suffered because of it. I also didn’t really care for any of the secondary characters. While most of them were supposed to be unlikable, I found them more annoying than villainous. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken will have a sequel, but from what I have heard, it’s just planned to be a two-part series. Will I read the sequel? Yes. I thought there were some good twists, and I need some closure (especially after the way this one ended!). Although I will probably read the next one, rather than listening to the audiobook. The narrator had a pleasant enough voice, but it became a little monotonous in the sections that dragged on for too long. Even if this one won’t end up on my Top 10 list, I still look forward to learning how Etta’s adventure concludes.