Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

PassengerTitle: Passenger

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Publisher:  Disney-Hyperion

Format: eBook

Publication Date: January 5, 2016

Overall:5 out of 5 stars. 

Source: Library 

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.


I had heard good things about Alexandra Bracken as an author, but this was the first book I picked up from her, and I definitely have her other works on my To-Read list now. Passenger had the potential to fall flat and be incredibly dull while having a good premise, it’s a common fatal flaw found in time travel novels. I was thrilled to discover that wasn’t the case. A reader of time travel has to have a love of history in order to truly appreciate it, and Alexandra Bracken did an outstanding job of creating a coherent plot in multiple geographic locations and time periods without losing the sense of the characters. This is not an easy task to do, the reason so many time travel novels fail is because they either spend too much time on the history or not enough, but this was absolutely the perfect blend. Reading about Angkor in 1685, and feeling the absolute weight of history pressing down on the place was amazing. Equally stunning was how Nicholas and Etta as characters held the story together. All of the beautiful and rich descriptions worked because there were fascinating characters that tied everything together.

The plot it was intricate and detailed, and I am so excited for the next book because I want to know all the secrets that are hiding in this story. I’m sure there are many that  haven’t been found out yet, but I loved how intricate it is. There were many twists and turns, and the plot planning that had to go into this book was amazing. This is definitely a story that took planning, research, and a hefty outline, but the finished product was spectacular.  I was genuinely surprised at different points in the story, but none more so by the ending. I really really enjoyed this book, it evoked stunning visuals, and a visceral emotional response. 5 out of 5 stars.



**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**


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