By: Alexandra Bracken
Released: January 5, 2016
Purchase the Book: Amazon
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. (Goodreads)
I really enjoyed Passenger a lot! There has been a lot of hype surrounding this book for months now and I'm happy to say that it absolutely lives up to it. This book took me along on a fascinating adventure through time.
Passenger is the story of Etta who suddenly and unexpectedly travels years in to the past. It's while she is there that she learns of the secrets that her mom has been hiding about her family. Etta also meets Nicholas, who is in servitude to the Ironwoods family. Together Etta and Nicholas travel through time to locate a powerful object that the Ironwoods desperately want.
Etta and Nicholas were both complex characters who just kept becoming more and more interesting as the story progressed. I really liked Etta a lot. She is smart, but still has moments of vulnerability and uncertainty. Then there is Nicholas, who has his flaws too. He has a temper, but he has his vulnerable moments as well. I really enjoyed reading the interactions between these two characters and how their relationship developed.
Passenger was also filled with so many interesting side characters like Alice, Sophia, and Etta's mom. Etta and her mom have this really complicated relationship and you are introduced to it as soon as the story begins. It was interesting to learn about all of Etta's family secrets alongside her.
The plot started off slow because there was a lot to set up. Although it felt like it was dragging at times in the beginning, the whole set up is necessary. However, once I did get through the first couple of chapters, the plot really began to pick up and it was difficult to put this book down. There was action, romance, and plenty of surprising twists. The last few chapters, especially, had me on the edge of my seat.
My favorite aspect of this book was definitely the setting though. I loved jumping not only through time with Etta and Nicholas, but also to so many different and exciting locations. Bracken described these locations so well and it was easy to picture myself there. She really did put a lot of detail into this story and it shows. The plot is complex and there are so many different elements to it.
Overall I really enjoyed Passenger. It was a beautifully written story that will take you on an adventure. I strongly recommend picking this one up. I already can't wait for the sequel!