Thursday, 23 March 2017

Book Review | Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

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.

Seeing this book everywhere on Bookstagram (my Instagram:  the_book_tower) I had to pick it up and see what it was like. Trusting the positive reviews I'd seen, I ordered both this book and the second book Wayfarer, which I don't often do with series, but with this one I jumped in and bought them both.
I was not disappointed in what I read. Passenger is a truly fantastic book. The characters have such a depth to them and I was rooting from the from the beginning. 
I loved the world building and the time travel. I loved the pacing, the story, the emotion, the unexpected moments that had me desperate for more.
I was intrigued by the premise, but the execution far exceeded my expectations, which was a nice surprise.
I am eager to read the second book soon. I'm actually shocked I haven't read it yet.
I would definitely recommend this book. It's got such a great depth to it's characters and just the right amount of emotion and excitement. A fantastic read.


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