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Passenger (Passenger Series #1)

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by Alexandra Bracken

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"Expert . . . Passenger succeeds as an adventure, as a romance and as a comparison of cultural norms."
-New York Times Book Review

"Riveting, romantic... Fans of Outlander will see so much of Claire in Etta, who holds a smart and headstrong lens to history. I can't wait to voyage through the next volume."


"Expert . . . Passenger succeeds as an adventure, as a romance and as a comparison of cultural norms."
-New York Times Book Review

"Riveting, romantic... Fans of Outlander will see so much of Claire in Etta, who holds a smart and headstrong lens to history. I can't wait to voyage through the next volume."
-Victoria Aveyard, New York Times #1 best-selling author of Red Queen

"Ambitious and exquisite."
-Sarah J. Maas, New York Times #1 best-selling author of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series

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, his passenger, can find. In order to protect her, Nick 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.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Matthew Jobin
Passenger succeeds as an adventure, as a romance and as a comparison of cultural norms. This is the sort of book that gracefully walks the fine line between excitement and instruction. By the end of it, the young reader might find that she has learned a good deal while she was thoroughly enjoying herself.
Publishers Weekly
Historical romance meets time-traveling adventure in this rousing series opener from Bracken (the Darkest Minds books). In the present day, Etta Spencer is a 17-year-old violinist eager to make her New York City debut as a soloist. After her mentor is killed, Ella awakens aboard a ship in 1776, where she discovers that her emotionally distant mother is believed responsible for hiding an astrolabe, a device used in time travel, from Cyrus Ironwood, a man determined to align all travelers to his command. With only her mother’s letters and paintings as clues, Etta searches with Nicholas Carter, a freed slave and privateer from the 18th century, charged with returning the astrolabe to Cyrus. Despite differences in time lines and cultures, Etta and Nicholas find their mutual passion makes them easy targets for other travelers, all eager to control time passages. Bracken’s saga is sweeping, moving quickly between countries and dates—from 1910 Bhutan to Damascus in 1599. Although the couple’s romantic doubts turn repetitive, the clever historical allusions, well-crafted subplots, and cliffhanger ending should leave readers awaiting the next volume. Ages 14–up. Agent: Merrilee Heifetz, Writers House. (Jan.)
VOYA, February 2016 (Vol. 38, No. 6) - Laura Woodruff
The novel opens in Bhutan in 1910 where half-brothers Nicholas and Julian are climbing a mountain. Julian slips and falls to his death while Nicholas watches. The next chapter begins in present-day New York where teenager Etta, a violin virtuoso, is preparing for her debut competition. As she steps on to the stage, she is overwhelmed by a strange noise and, while disoriented, is whisked away by a strange young woman. When Etta regains consciousness, she is a captive passenger on an 18th-century pirate ship commanded by Nicholas, a free black man. Her companion Sophia, the same young woman from the concert hall, informs Etta that she is a time traveler and has been summoned by Ironwood, Sophia’s and Nicholas’ grandfather, to recover a rare instrument—an astrolabe—that gives its possessor power over all of time. Etta, deeply troubled about the condition of her mother and her beloved violin teacher Alice, and also strongly attracted to handsome Nicholas, vows to find the astrolabe and return to her own time. Subsequently, the two paramours are embroiled in dangerous adventures in a variety of settings and time periods. This first in a new series by Bracken, author of previous series The Darkest Mind and Star Wars: A New Hope, promises to be exciting for lovers of lengthy but fast-paced time-travel novels who are not bothered by rambling plots with unconnected twists and turns. Since anything can and does happen, Passenger’s open ending is easy to accept, leaving readers ready for any number of future installments featuring more of the same. Reviewer: Laura Woodruff; Ages 11 to 18.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—This series opener doesn't let up its high-octane pace until the final page. In a matter of moments, Etta, a talented teenage violinist in New York City, goes from making her concert soloist debut to finding herself prisoner aboard a ship in the distant past. It turns out she is descended from one of a dwindling number of time-traveling families who manipulate history in an ongoing fight for power and influence. The captain of the ship, Nicholas Carter, was hired to retrieve Etta and bring her to the head of the most powerful family. Together they must travel across the globe and through different time periods in search of the long missing astrolabe. There are plenty of twists and turns and excitement as they travel—though at almost 500 pages, the story has periods where it drags, and complex plot machinations and world-building threaten to overwhelm the narrative. Luckily, the romance crackling between Nicholas and Etta will keep fans intrigued. VERDICT This strong new series will appeal to readers looking for a time-traveling adventure with plenty of drama and romance.—Eliza Langhans, Hatfield Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
A dedicated violinist finds her life taking a different turn when she learns that she is a time traveler in this series opener. Etta is 17 and ready to make her musical debut near her home in New York City when she finds herself suddenly catapulted onto a sailing ship in 1776. With her is Sophia, a rival time traveler who explains that the ability runs in families. Etta soon learns that her mother has hidden, somewhere in time, a valuable and dangerous object that, in the wrong hands, could cause catastrophic damage to time. Sadly, Etta herself falls into the wrong hands but agrees to try to find the object, following clues her mother left through time. Fortunately, Nicholas, a biracial former slave, also has the ability, and he joins Etta—but is he working with her or against her? Never mind his motive, however, because the two eventually fall in love. Bracken keeps pages turning with her descriptions of the different destinations the couple explores, including 1940 London and 1685 Angkor. Nicholas, a sailor who dreams of owning his own ship, speaks modern English perhaps too well, but his reactions to technology such as electricity and buses ring fairly true. The author places more focus on suspense than on romance, which she develops slowly. Already lengthy, the book ends with a cliffhanger and clearly more to come. Long but intriguing, and sometimes exciting—the payoff is in the future. (Fantasy. 12-18)
From the Publisher
"Expert Passenger succeeds as an adventure, as a romance and as a comparison of cultural norms."—New York Times Book Review


Tense, emotional, and brutal... Fans will appreciate the well-thought-out conclusion."—Booklist Online"

Readers will come for the adventure, stay for the romantic tension...Replete with historical details, this novel is a worthy addition to the growing list of time-travel adventure/romance novels and high-stakes cross-continent treasure hunts."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"

[A] rousing series opener. . . The clever historical allusions, well-crafted subplots, and cliffhanger ending should leave readers awaiting the next volume."—Publishers Weekly"

Bracken keeps pages turning."—Kirkus Reviews"

[Passenger] doesn't let up its high-octane pace until the final page. . . [A] strong new series."—School Library Journal"

This time-traveling adventure is rich in detail, the slowburning relationship between Etta and Nicholas will leave many readers breathless, and the startling cliffhanger will reel them back for the next installment."—Booklist"

Ambitious and exquisite... Passenger grabs you by the heart from its opening notes and doesn't let go until its knockout, blockbuster finale."—Sarah J. Maas, New York Times #1 best-selling author of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series"

I was truly transported through this novel, a willing passenger pulled through its pages alongside riveting, romantic characters and an immense world with no end in sight. Fans of Outlander will see so much of Claire in Etta, who holds a smart and headstrong lens to history. I can't wait to voyage through the next volume."—Victoria Aveyard, New York Times #1 best-selling author of Red Queen

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Disney Press
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Passenger Series , #1
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5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Alexandra Bracken is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Darkest Minds series and Passenger series. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved east to study history and English at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. After working in publishing for several years, Alex now writes full time and can be found hard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that's perpetually overflowing with books. Visit her online at and on Twitter @alexbracken.

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Passenger 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
buttermybooks More than 1 year ago
I’M NOT EVEN SURE WHERE TO BEGIN WITH HOW MUCH I LOVED THIS BOOK. To say that I was literally hooked from the beginning is an understatement; even the prologue has action! After starting this book, I made an immediate connection the characters, which is not something that I can often say. It normally takes me a little bit to really love each person, but I am completely smitten with everyone in Passenger.. AND THE ROMANCE. Nicholas and Etta quickly became my most favorite ever.. even more so than Ruby and Liam (CRAZY? I KNOW! BUT ITS TRUE) Their relationship felt so inherent that not even I, the insta-love scrooge, could deny it! Also, please do not get me started on when Nicholas uses “pirate” as a pet name because it makes me W E A K. Passenger is the sort of book that makes you respect the author just for the sheer amount of research that it takes to craft something like this. Not only did Alex tackle writing a time travel novel, which requires more research than I can even imagine, BUT she also managed to address racism AND feminism in this book. NOT TO MENTION the way she kept track of all the time travel intricacies. I HAVE NO IDEA HOW SHE HANDLED IT ALL. There were times while I was reading that I would stop myself just to appreciate the care that she put into getting everything correct. The attention to time period accuracy is INSANE. This, Ladies and Gentleman, is how a time travel novel should be done. *snaps for Alex* This book is so vivid in its writing that it read like a movie. I could see every scene so clearly in my head that I never had to stop and try to make sense of what the author was describing. AND THE ENDING. I mean, it is an Alexandra Bracken book so I knew going in that I wouldn’t be able to read the last 50 pages without crying at least once, but this ending broke my heart, tore it to pieces and then began putting them back together all in the span of five pages! Passenger is so beautifully adventurous that I want to print out the pages and hang them around my room so I’m always reminded of how much I love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've ever read. Stunning and captivating till the very end.
ElizabethF More than 1 year ago
ALEXANDRA BRACKEN'S BEST BOOK YET! Whether you're a megafan of Brightly Woven and The Darkest Minds series like me (oh, and her Star Wars novel The Princess, The Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy is fantastic too!) or this is your first book by Bracken, Passenger is not to be missed! Forget those YA authors who chase the latest hot trend or write the same book over and over again, Bracken is the master of inventing her own genre--and she has the writing chops to pull it off. The world of Passenger is huge, yes, but 100% believable. You can definitely tell Bracken did her research, and I learned so much about each time period Nicholas and Etta visited--it's the closest thing I'll ever get to being there! If you're a fan of the Outlander books, you'll get that same omg-so-real feeling with Passenger's many settings. And Nicholas and Etta, oh man, swoon! First of all, it's great to read a book with main characters who are SMART. The plot doesn't come from them bumbling around like dummies, but from them putting their formidable minds together to solve the world's problems. Second, the connection between these two was so very very sweet and perfectly developed. I'm dying to see how it develops in the sequel.
alexalovesbooks More than 1 year ago
I loved Passenger a whole lot. I suppose I should begin by saying that I think the work Alex put into creating this book - the plot flow, the detailed settings, the nuances of each character - is incredible. It is, by far, one of the most cleverly constructed tales I've ever read, and that's definitely no easy feat. The combination of her writing prowess and the actual story basically made my heart and my brain explode with how awesome it turned out to be. TIME TRAVEL | It can be tricky to explain the ins and out of time travel, but Bracken does it wonderfully. She makes sure all the basic questions are addressed at some point in the narrative, and these answers create a cohesive explanation for time travel. The set-up is really well-done, and I never felt lost for a minute once things were explained. SETTINGS | It's probably because I'm a not-so-secret history nerd, but I loved the variety of settings that Bracken chose for her story. Each locale switch resulted in a different tone for the story, with Etta and Nicholas remaining the only constant element. It was definitely entertaining! Little details were included to differentiate all the locales. PLOT | I'll be completely honest: there were things that I guessed right away. But there were still a lot of moments and things that I didn't expect at all! There was plenty to mull over - histories, intentions, relationships - but there was also plenty of action to keep things exciting. Admittedly, the beginning is a bit slow, but the pace definitely picks up and stays steady till the end. I was hard pressed to set this one down once things got going, and I've no doubt many will feel the same way. CHARACTERS | While the secondary characters in this story are a fun and diverse bunch, I'm going to be talking mostly about our main characters, Etta and Nicholas. Etta is a talented violinist, who suddenly finds herself transported to a different time and not of her own volition. She might not know what's going on, but she's a survivor, someone willing to do anything she can for the ones she loves and she also happens to be pretty damn smart. On the other hand, we have Nicholas, a young man who just wants the freedom to captain a ship of his own. He's smart and serious, yet manages to be utterly charming at turns too; it's no wonder I developed a soft spot for him straightaway. Even as he deals with his own personal demons, he still manages to retain a sense of deep goodness and unwavering strength. RELATIONSHIPS | Family ties. Friendships. Romance. Enmity. Each type of relationship is a part of this story. And each affected the plot in a different way. While all the elements I've already mentioned are really cool, I personally don't think this story would be as special without the development of the various character relationships. Clearly, I loved this story an obscene amount. Passenger is a triumphant blend of science fiction and history, made even better with the inclusion of smart, opinionated characters and well-organized plot threads. It does take a little time for it to build up properly, but once it does get going, the story is awesome. So, here's what I think you should do: Buy the damn book, read it, and then find me on Twitter so we can gush about it together. Okay? Okay.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
"The truly remarkable thing about your life is that you're not bound to live it straight forward like the rest of us." After a devastating loss on the night of her latest violin performance, Etta Spencer finds herself torn away from the people she loves and even from her own time. Nicholas Carter is centuries away and confident his dream of captaining his own ship is well within reach even with the challenges inherent to his status as a freed slave. When Etta appears as an unexpected passenger on Nicholas' ship, the two are thrown together in a hunt for a stolen artifact. Etta hopes it can help her return to her own time. Nicholas, meanwhile, believes giving the artifact to the Ironwoods can sever his remaining ties to the ruthless family while also keeping Etta safe. Traveling across centuries and around the world, Nicholas and Etta will have to trust each other as they follow clues to the artifact's long-hidden location. Along the way they will uncover secrets about Etta's past and a truth that could threaten both of their natural times--and everything in between--in Passenger (2016) by Alexandra Bracken. Passenger is the first of a two-book series that is partly a homage to Outlander and partly all its own. The story will continue in Wayfarer. Passenger is a thrilling adventure that spans countries and centuries. Each time period Etta visits is brought to life with vivid and well-researched descriptions ranging from the nuances of eighteenth century clothing to an eerily well-realized depiction of London during the Blitz. Passenger is a book filled with a diverse group of time travelers who live across and between time--often spending large periods of their lives outside of their normal flow of time and living in a decidedly non-linear fashion. Because of this fluidity, Passenger is filled with unlikely allies (and enemies) as characters who would never otherwise meet are brought together. Consequently the dynamic between Etta and Nicholas has a complex tension as they work to find common ground despite their shockingly different upbringings and times. Their initial attraction and romance is even more satisfying because these two characters meet as equals and partners. Although Bracken has moved in a different direction from her popular Darkest Minds trilogy, the writing here remains strong with her usual attention to detail both in terms of an intricate plot and many rich settings. Passenger is a delightful novel sure to appeal to fantasy readers and fans of time travel stories as well as readers of historical fiction. Highly recommended. Possible Pairings: Loop by Karen Akins, Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins, Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst, The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove, The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig, Hourglass by Myra McEntire, The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski, Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor, All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill, Pivot Point by Kasie West
Anonymous 5 months ago
An excellent read
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Maggie Brister More than 1 year ago
Time travel is a difficult subject to tackle, but Alexandra Bracken did a wonderful job of crafting a complex story while explaining things thoroughly and keeping the reader in tune with what was going on. I will say that I wasn’t completely sold on this book to the point where I didn’t want to put the book down until about 250 pages in. Mind you, that’s a long time to take a risk on a book. I was enjoying it, but it wasn’t the extreme page turner until the riddles and romance started to flare. Etta is a dynamic character that made real life decisions, which I was happy to see. Nicholas was clearly written in his time, and his mind was set on things that made sense. I never felt as if the book felt “out of time,” which was another triumph on Bracken’s part. Once the story was set up and the background information conveyed, the story heated up. The time travel, mysteries, and growing romance - one of the most convincing romances I’ve read in a long time, mind you - were fantastic. Switching between Nicholas and Etta’s point-of-views was one of my favorite parts of the book. I love hearing from both minds, seeing them struggle through the same yet different tasks in a world where they only had each other. Ultimately, I would tell anyone to read this book who likes words and who likes romance that stretches between time. Also, be prepared for an intense cliffhanger ending! Can’t wait to read the sequel!
ashleyann120 More than 1 year ago
It's rare to find a book with a unique plot line that hasn't been done before, but Passenger did it, and did it very well! The time-travel was very well done with understandable "rules" that makes it all the more believable. This was a very well defined world within our world. I especially liked that the "bad guy" had a back story so you sort of understand how he became the evil person he is today.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
2.5 stars Oh man, it seriously pains me to rate this book that low. I wanted to love this story so hard, especially with all of the high reviews it's been getting. I liked Etta and Nicholas. They're from different times and they click so well and there's some serious swoons {and kissing!}. I was rooting for them right from the start. The plot is definitely interesting. I think my main problem was that everything seemed so dense. I thrive on dialogue and it seemed sparse. When I did get it, it was mostly filled with 1638191617 names and places, and I struggled to keep every detail organized in my head. Overall, I was intrigued, but not captivated. The ending is wicked enough that I'll have to read the next book, but I won't be clamoring for it. **Huge thanks to Hyperion providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**
erinlee20 More than 1 year ago
It is safe to say that Alexandra Bracken could publish her grocery list and I would love every bit of it. When I learned that she was going to be writing another series I immediately added it to my TBR list and then I found out what it was about and I knew I was going to need this in my hands…as soon as possible. As soon as I started this book, I was hooked. Bracken immediately pulled me into this world right alongside Etta. I loved that we were learning everything at the same time Etta was as it made the story that much more suspenseful in regard to how things were happening and then too, what was going to happen next. This book has so much in it I don’t even know where to start…really. There is the time travel…which is fantastic and one of my favorite things about this book. But that’s not all. There is also history, romance, amazing characters, and a story that will have you turning the pages to know what will happen next. I can’t say enough about the way Bracken builds this story and honestly, I can’t say much about the actual story without giving much away. What you need to know is that Etta starts her day off thinking she will be playing her violin for an audience and then finds herself on a ship in the year 1776. From there Etta is tossed into an unfamiliar world with people she doesn’t know and doesn’t trust. The one bright spot is Nicholas and although he has his own secrets and tasks, he is also willing to do whatever he needs to in order to protect Etta. While working together to complete their mission, Etta and Nicholas come to trust one another but there's no question, they are also keeping secrets from one another. Despite that, they find themselves drawn to each other and even though they are from very different times, they develop a connection. One of the things I loved about the relationship between these two was that they went into it knowing that they were both trying to get back to their own time but even with that on their minds, they still jumped right into each other’s arms. I can’t say much more about the story as I don’t want to ruin anything for anyone - sorry, not sorry. Just know that this should be on your TBR list (if for some odd reason it isn’t already) and you should read this as soon as you possibly can. I can’t even tell you how much I can’t wait to get my hands on book two because I died a little after turning the last page of this book.
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
I really hate to do this. Like I really do. This is the January release I was most excited for and was looking forward to. And it just fell flat. I even put off writing this review because I was SO scared about how I was going to review this. For a while I said I was just putting it to the side, but in all actuality I know it's just not for me. Etta is beginning to lose everything she's worked for. Including her time on stage that has finally come. But then something happens and Etta is thrust into something she has no idea about. A different century. She meets Nicholas who is sort of over the ship and they must collaborate to find something important. The only problem? Etta doesn't want to. Soon they realize they must work together, or Etta may not get home. Ever. I have to admit, I stopped reading this one because I wasn't in the mood for it. Normally when that happens I'll stop and try reading something else. But this time when I stopped, there was just no reason I wanted to crack it back open. I was in a certain mood for something with a lot of action and romance and the place where I was ended up being just a bunch of rules for their time travel and frankly I was bored. But to point out, there WERE some points that I did like. There was a POC and he was a main character. This was really the only reason I wanted to finish it. In the end it wasn't enough. Then there was Bracken's wonderful prose. I loved her writing skills and how they flowed, but the content was what got me. Just wasn't something I cared enough about. Maybe it was because me personally I'm not a huge historical fiction fan, but whatever the case, I wasn't a fan. Whatever the case may be, I wan to tell everyone to still pick up the book if you're interested. Just because this wasn't my cup of tea doesn't mean it won't be the same way for everyone! Give it a chance!
AsDreamsAreMade More than 1 year ago
Original Review Link: I’m not going to waste time giving an intro. I’m just going to dive right in and proceed to tell you how amazing this book was. Ok? Ok. Etta is a violin prodigy. She’s given up everything for her craft, but on the day of an important recital, her whole world turns upside down. She discovers she’s a traveler, one who can travel through time, and in order to save her mother, she must embark on an epic quest through history to find the an important historical artifact for the ruling family–the Ironwoods. With the help of Nicholas, a shunned member of the Ironwood clan, Etta sets out to save her mother and save the course of history as we know it. This book was fantastic. Utterly, fantastic. I know the marketing campaign has been billing it as Outlander for teenagers and while it does have the time travel aspect, it’s so much more than that and really is its own original being. Etta was a remarkable character. Very able to adapt to extraordinary circumstances and rather cunning at the same time. She’s thrown into impossible situations and is able to rise to the occasion. Her upbringing in the 21st century causes some problems at times, but it makes for such entertaining reading that you root for her the entire way. There was a moment in the narrative that had you going "YES!!" Nicholas was a great counterpoint for her. It was a nice change to see a main character of mixed race in a YA novel who struggles with his identity, especially through the viewpoint of different eras. I loved, loved, loved the romance between them. The secondary characters were well developed. Grandfather was one scary dude; Etta’s mother was ruthless, but you could still see hints of humanity behind her façade; Sophia was such a biznatch! Although you understand why she’s the way she is. I’m curious to see how her plot line develops, especially after this ending. The plot moved very well. Because of the time travel element, it always had you guessing and wondering where in time they would end up next and what would happen. In its simplest sense, I would describe it as a scavenger hunt through time. Who doesn’t like that?? And that ending. THAT ENDING. I almost died. I can honestly say, I didn’t dislike one thing about this book. I absolutely loved it. From the characters to the plot, it had you on your toes the entire time. You can see that Ms. Bracken really did her research in the historical department and it was reflected in the way her characters adapted to the era they were thrust into. That was one aspect I really enjoyed; seeing how social customs and norms have evolved and changed throughout history and cultures. If you have a desire for adventure, romance, history, and just pure fun, pick this one up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I AM OBSESSED WITH HOW AMAZING THIS BOOK WAS. If you haven't read it, then read it like right now.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I have to say that I loved the ending, I mean loved the ending! If there is going to be series, I want this kind of ending in the novel. I was dying to read this novel as there was something about it that pulled me in beside the beautiful cover and I am glad that I won it from GReads. Thanks again GReads! I do have to say that parts of the book baffled me, and parts of the book were a bit wordy but all-in-all, I really enjoyed it. Long, yes it was long but the adventure was well worth it. I don’t think the romance was a highlight of this novel, as Etta and Nicholas were dancing around each other for most of the book, not really pronouncing their feelings out loud to one another until further along in the book. You could feel them gradually move towards each other as the book progressed but their sights were set on other things, more important things that were occurring. In the back of their mind they were thinking of each other but I don’t think romance was an objective of theirs. I liked how Etta was naïve about time traveling as this helped set up the novel and her relationship with Sophia. It also helped explain it to us readers as this concept changes with each novel. Sophia, oh her attitude was great and she made me laugh many times. Nick, he seemed like a simple individual who knew what he wanted in life but compared to the girls his life seemed so different, I liked this contrast. I wasn’t confused as the characters time-traveled and I thought the author did an excellent job with this concept. The story began immediately as a peaceful violin concert was immediately disrupted. The violin is all she wanted and now Etta sees her future with questions which others hold the answers to. As the characters scramble across the globe and time, they are on the pursuit of a hidden object, an object everyone thinks they have a right to.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
I just finished Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger. Henrietta “Etta” Spencer is getting ready to give a concert (she is a violinist) at The Met in New York. As she starts her piece she hears what she calls feedback (an awful noise). Etta runs off stage and there is Sophia. Sophia states she hears the noise and drags Etta off to find it. Alice (we are never given her last name) tries to intervene (she has been Etta’s violin instructor since Etta was five), but Sophia pushes Etta through something! A while later Etta wakes up on a ship in the middle of the sea and it is 1776. How did she get on this ship and in this year? Etta is disoriented and runs out onto the ship’s deck into the middle of a fight. Nicholas Carter is a pirate (technically a legal privateer). He has orders to take the ship Ardent and get the two female passengers on board to New York to Cyrus Ironwood. Cyrus is the head of the Ironwood clan and he wants Etta to obtain an object that her mother, Rose has hidden. Etta has inherited the ability to travel through special passages in time. Etta knows nothing about time travel or the object the Ironwoods are seeking. Nicholas will go with her to keep her safe and help her navigate through the different years (without causing too many time ripples or changing history). Can they find the object Cyrus desires? If they do find it, should they give it to him? Why was this object hidden? Will Etta ever be able to get home? You will have to read Passenger to find out! I found Passenger to be a difficult novel to read. Things are not explained in the novel. We are thrust into this world without any information. We finally get some information in the last three quarters of the novel (way too late). I also found the novel to be unnecessarily long. We have pages full of thoughts and descriptions that are not needed (you can just skip over them). I feel the novel needs a major editing (just my personal opinion) and rewriting. The characters are not very appealing (or likeable). Etta gets more interesting towards the end of the book (but by then most people have already quit reading). Passenger has potential. It has an interesting concept on time travel (and the object they are searching for), but I found the outcome disappointing. I give Passenger 2.75 out of 5 stars. The one thing that really turned me off was the ending. I kept reading the book to see how it would end. Instead of a decent ending, we are given a cliffhanger (spoiler ahead--nothing is resolved). Passenger is overall a very frustrating book. I received a complimentary copy of Passenger from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
“This was the danger, the seduction of time travel, she realized – it was the opportunity, the freedom of a thousand possibilities of where to live and how to start over. It was the beauty open to you in your life if you only stopped a moment to look.” “Our choices that matter in the end. Not wishes, not words, not promises.” “You cannot fathom the distance I would travel for you.” There was so much buzz surrounding this book, that I have to admit, I was a little intimated by it. I was scared and worried. Why, you ask? Well, I sometimes feel a lot of pressure when I have in my possession one of the most anticipated reads of the year. So many people were raving about this book and the pressure to love this book was on…..Once I started this book, I quickly realized that all my fears were for nothing. This book totally exceeded my expectations. When I started Passenger, I pretty much went into it blind. Yes, I read the synopsis and heard from word of mouth that this book was amazing, but other than that, I didn’t know too much about it. And I have to tell you, that is the best way to go into this book. Passenger is such a unique YA tale. The writing is smart and intriguing. It is so well written and so easy to picture, it feels as though you are right there in the story. Passenger is well paced and is told from dual points of view. One of the things that I enjoyed about this story was that it had something for everyone. It had fantasy, action, romance, and intrigue. It had time travel, historic elements, mystery and suspense. So, I know I haven’t really shared much with you about this book, because again, I don’t want to spoil the beauty of it. Here is what I can tell you: This is one of those books that is almost impossible to not fall in love with. This story is so well thought out and the characters are so easy to connect with. This is one of those books that adults will love too. As always, I do have to warn you that this story does end with a cliffhanger and I am super excited to see where the author will take us next. Alexandra Bracken is a new author to me, and I’m really looking forward to checking out more books from her in the future. *I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via the publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*
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Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
I want to thank Disney Hyperion for approving me for an early copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review. I'm pretty sure this is one of the most anticipated books to be coming out in 2016. I don't know anyone who wasn't a fan of Bracken's Darkest Minds series. Her writing is just fantastic and she can tell quite a story. So, given the opportunity to read this, and the rave reviews of my fellow bloggers, I jumped in with both feet. I don't even think I read past the first line of the review. I didn't care because I was convinced it would be fantastic. And, while in the end I did enjoy it, I will say it was harder for me to get to that point than I would have liked. I will say this review will be hard to write without spoilers. And I really don't want to go in that direction. So I'll give the bare bones of characters and background to try and put it in perspective. Etta is a musical prodigy. She's spent her life learning to play and be an expert at the violin, though she has yet to have a debut. I found Etta to be easily relatable in this book. She certainly had much of the teen angst you expect, but at the same time she was mature beyond her peers. I think this is due to the fact that she has put all her focus on her violin career and not allowed any other distractions in her life: friends, boys, other activities. Nicholas lives long ago. But he's not just your ordinary boy. He is able to travel through time. And he's sent on missions to find things for the family that has taken him in. But he's never treated as an equal, because he doesn't have the same color skin as they do. I really love Nicholas. He's determined to make a life of his own, to own a ship and be it's captain despite the color of his skin. And he wants no distractions when it comes to this. So when he's sent on a mission to collect a girl and return her to those who took him in, he doesn't question it. He's loyal, strong and stubborn, but he's also more emotional than he lets on. This book is written in third person, which was perfect for how it was presented. I haven't read many authors that can truly do this point of view justice and Bracken did a terrific job. I love that you can get a truly organic picture of the characters through her writing. There is lots of background given helping you to understand exactly who the characters are and why they are essential to the story. I will say I was a bit disappointed that more of the book didn't take place on the ships. Just from the cover I thought it would be so. And I found it a bit slow going until about half way through. There was a ton of narrative. I don't mind this when it's world building, but that wasn't truly the case with this book. Also, there are flashbacks within flashbacks. Often times I had to re-read things to know exactly what time period I was in and figure out when I was back in the present story of the book. This distracted me. I like stories to flow easily. To be told well enough that I don't question what is going on. This is the reason for the 4 star rating. Time travel is always a huge hit for me. But it has to be done well. And not all authors can pull it off. I have to say that Bracken did a pretty good job. I had a few areas that confused me with explanations, though. And the time travel part wasn't as prominent as I thought it would be. Most of the book takes place in the past without us even getting back
sweeterica0712 More than 1 year ago
I feel like I have been waiting for this book for so long. I heard the premise ages back, and I knew then that I would love it. However, Passenger is different than Alexandra Bracken's other books. Slow to the build, Passenger strengthens itself through Alexandra Bracken's gorgeous prose and the unique premise that this tale is spun around. I found it to read more closely as a contemporary with simplicity, rather than a more science fiction read. This was primarily from the pacing of the novel. Rather than building upon itself for more action, Passenger progresses more slowly, allowing readers to savor all the different moments. To me, the peak of the novel seemed to unfold in the last 50 pages of the novel with a beyond brilliant ending, but I had wanted more of that sooner. That being said, however, doesn't take away from the world Bracken has expertly crafted. I felt as if I was transported alongside Etta and Nicholas as they made their journey. Passenger is a bit more of a romance than Alexandra Bracken's other reads, and I loved how it seamlessly fit into the plot, without making the romance the most important element. I loved Etta and Nicholas from the start that that love only grew as I got to know them better as the book wend on. Reading Passenger was quite the experience. Rarely do I find myself moved by quotes I find within the pages, but for Passenger, I stopped so many times to reread a paragraph or to write it down. They were passages that seemed so right and just expertly crafted. I have some new favorite Bracken lines to pair with my favorite quote from Brightly Woven all these years later. I also loved the different time periods that Etta and Nicholas journey to; Passenger is clearly very well-researched. The ending threw me for a loop. I knew something specific needed to happen, but how it would get there? I had no idea. This was a bit of an underdog moment, and it was pretty badass. Things are very interesting now, and I am dying to know how they play out in Wayfarer, which will be even more awesome than Passenger. The ending is what solidified this book for me. I wasn't completely sold until I turned that final page. As much as the ending killed me a little, it was just right. I liked this one, I did, but it definitely holds a different place for me than The Darkest Minds trilogy or Brightly Woven. Diverse and rich, Passenger is a story of a heroine who doesn't let herself be persuaded or forced by expectations of others. Instead, she reaches out and goes after what she wants.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Passenger by Alexandra Bracken Book One of the Passenger series Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Publication Date: January 5, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): 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 What I Liked: This book has so much buzz surrounding it, which can be good and bad. I loved Bracken's Brightly Woven, and Darkest Minds series, and I had a good feeling that I would enjoy this one too. It's just scary when everyone is really excited about reading the book, very few people have actually read it, and you so want it to be amazing! Lucky for me (and others), it WAS amazing. Etta's next concern is her violinist debut, which she'll perform in a month or so. She's performing in the Met, where her mother works, when she is suddenly whisked away in time, accompanied by a strange girl who was also at the met. Sophia Ironwood, the girl, is a traveler, and so is Etta. Sophia's grandfather, the Grand Master and head of the Ironwood family, has had Etta brought back in time because he wants her to find something that he says her mother stole from him. If she brings it back, he'll let her and her mother go. But Etta - and Nicholas Carter, who commandeered the ship that Etta had to be on to get to Grandfather Ironwood - won't let Ironwood win so easily. Nicholas and Etta will travel between continents and time to find the missing object before anyone else does. I'm going to be honest - I'm struggling to write this review, because I know I won't do this book justice. I know I'm giving it four stars (4.5 stars, really), but gosh, this book was lovely. It's written in third-person (which I love), occasionally alternating POVs, between Etta and Nicholas. We start with Nicholas, in the beginning of the book, which I thought was interesting. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
tpolen More than 1 year ago
This cover is beautiful and the first thing that caught my eye. When I realized the story involved time travel, that was just the chocolate icing on the cake! Etta is a joy to read - smart, courageous, quick-witted, fair-minded. She may occasionally act before she thinks, but that's part of her charm. Nicholas is perceptive and intelligent, but usually thinks before he acts - a trait that's a good balance to Etta's impulsiveness and their interactions are very humorous at times. The rules and regulations of the time travel are meticulous and referenced several times during the book to refresh the memory of the reader - which helped me more than once. The vivid descriptions of the multiple settings are well-written, making the imagery easy and enjoyable. I initially had difficulties with the typography of the book - I found it distracting to the point that I was pulled out of the story and it took several chapters before I was able to overlook it. For YA, this is a somewhat lengthy novel and the pacing ebbs and flows in places. Extensive details of surroundings and places were sometimes overdone to the point that I skimmed through sections. Overall, this was an engaging read I'd recommend it if you enjoy time travel, a bit of history, suspense, mystery, and adventure. I'll be looking forward to the next book in this series. This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the things I liked the most" different. When you read a much fantasy as I do, you are happy to get a break from the same thing time and again, and one that was not too simple and predictable. This story is told from two points of view Etta and Nickolas. We meet Etta in 2015, she is a violin prodigy about to play an important concert when she overhears something that changes her life forever. The night ends with her being kidnapped and pushed through a doorway through time where she lands on a ship, currently being boarded by pirates in 1776. And this is where we meet Nickolas, who is an "legal pirate" and as been tasked by a mysterious family to bring Etta to New York City to meet the head of that family for some unknown task. She soon finds out that her family was one of many who have/had the ability to travel through time, and that she is needed to retrieve something for the basically ruling time travel family, and they are willing to kill and destroy anyone in their path to get it. Nickolas is part of this family, but kinda of a black, unwanted sheep, and reluctantly pulled into Etta's quest. I liked the world created in this story. The ability to time travel isn't some big fix has limitations and lots of rules that the travelers may follow....and there are many dangers, mainly that this kind of ability also draws the worst type of people and the worst type of greed. And it is the goal of Etta and Nickolas to stop one power hungry monster from shaping the world to his own liking and making everyone bend to his will. And he has already gotten on big head start in world domination. I liked that the characters were all whole people. There were no 1D villains...yes, the main bad guy is terrible, but in the end he is motivated not only by greed...but love. And that twists him into the monster he is. Nickolas is such an interesting character, he was born in a time that placed so many limitations on him, and he is born into a family that placed even more...and he only wants a way out. Freedom. And every decision he makes good or bad, leads back to this, you understand him because of his story. I related to him the most because of his backstory. He is a good example of a POC character and how worthy their stories are to be told. His entire life and struggles and motivations, because he was born into slavery, were so understandable to me. He wants so much and is capable of so much....but is so limited buy outside forces. This is what this book is ultimately about....expectation put on you by society and family and how they become prisons...sometimes of our own making...and the ways our quest for freedom for choice make us or break us. Your race, your gender, your religion all of these things sometimes place limitations on your happiness...and even if you are a powerful time can't escape them. I also enjoyed the romance. There was no forced/plot device misunderstandings meant to keep them apart. All their concerns and fight were real. I understood why Nickolas was so drawn to Etta, and I understood why he also kept his distance. I liked that the entire thing wasn't dragged out for drama and they were both honest and open as much as they could be. It made things less frustrating. I bought it, and that's all that matter when your story is centered on the connection between 2 people