ARC Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken


Passenger (#1 of ?) by Alexandra Bracken

Published Year: 2016
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Subtitle: Great

"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"

This was such a good read! It took me a little bit to really get into it, and that watery font drove me up the wall! (It was all wavy, I guess to be like the ocean? But omg I could not make myself focus on it. Drove me nuts). Also, not a fan of the blurb -- much, too much.

Etta, the main character, knows nothing about her family legacy of time travel before the night of her violin concert, and she's rather abruptly thrown into the middle of an all out conspiracy. Thanks, mom. Nicholas, her partner in crime, knows a little more about time travel but is in general at a disadvantage across all centuries. H still manages to be pretty awesome despite it all and leaps head first after Etta into said conspiracy. Rose, Etta's mom, does a spectacular job of being sneaky and stealthy and explaining zilch. She does manage to leave some fab clues to said conspiracy. 

Again, it was a little slow at first, and I kept putting it down (mostly because of the stupid font). Once I got into the story though, it was so good. I loved all the settings and the details. AB did such a phenomenal job describing all the different sites! I definitely loved that aspect the most. Usually, with time travel, I'm a little thrown off by the leaping through time, and I don't enjoy being bogged down in the details of which era I'm in and how different it is blah blah blah. AB handled this aspect of it beautifully, however, and I actually loved it.

REAL intriguing twist at the end though, sign me up for book 2. Because that cliffhanger was very hingey and I'm a little on the edge of my seat now.

4 out of 5 stars.

I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.