"Bracken is always aware of how women, same-sex relationships, and biracial Nicholas would be received in times that range from ancient Carthage to imperial Russia to 1906 San Francisco... The stakes are high, and those who have followed Etta on her journeys won't be putting this down until the explosive end."Booklist
I've been orphaned by my time.
The timeline has changed.
My future is gone.
Etta Spencer didn't know she was a traveler until the day she emerged both miles and years from her home. Now, robbed of the powerful object that was her only hope of saving her mother, Etta finds herself stranded once more, cut off from Nicholas-the eighteenth century privateer she loves-and her natural time.
When Etta inadvertently stumbles into the heart of the Thorns, the renegade travelers who stole the astrolabe from her, she vows to finish what she started and destroy the astrolabe once and for all. Instead, she's blindsided by a bombshell revelation from their leader, Henry Hemlock: he is her father. Suddenly questioning everything she's been fighting for, Etta must choose a path, one that could transform her future.
Still devastated by Etta's disappearance, Nicholas has enlisted the unlikely help of Sophia Ironwood and a cheeky mercenary-for-hire to track both her and the missing astrolabe down. But as the tremors of change to the timeline grow stronger and the stakes for recovering the astrolabe mount, they discover an ancient power far more frightening than the rival travelers currently locked in a battle for control. . . a power that threatens to eradicate the timeline altogether.
From colonial Nassau to New York City, San Francisco to Roman Carthage, imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, New York Times #1 best-selling author Alexandra Bracken charts a gorgeously detailed, thrilling course through time in this stunning conclusion to the Passenger series.
Gr 9 Up—The times, they are a-changin', and no one knows that better than a time traveler. When this sequel to Passenger opens, two weeks have elapsed since Etta was in Damascus, where she was shot in the shoulder, a coveted astrolabe was stolen from her, and she was separated from her beloved Nicholas. Now Etta must retrieve the astrolabe so that the right time line can be maintained. Etta, the Thorns (the good guys), and the Ironwoods (the bad guys) trade blows across continents and centuries, from Carthage in 148 BCE to Imperial Russia in 1919 to New York City in 1939 and a dozen times and places in between. Bracken's knowledge of history is formidable. Each location is vividly depicted, right down to the smells. The two clans vie for the astrolabe and the power it wields, amid street fights, poisonings, diseases, witch curses, elephant rampages, and earthquakes. With such an impressive panoply of perils, action drives the narrative. Even so, secondary threads are engaging and make the novel relatable to teen readers. For instance, several characters wrestle with repercussions of childhood poverty and fear, and Etta struggles with parental approval and remembers being a child in her mother's chilly presence: "Loneliness had a pitch—that high whine of static that coated silence." It is in conveying these intensely human issues that Bracken's prose shines. VERDICT An exciting, well-told story, but reading Passenger first is a must, so buy where that volume is popular.—Jennifer Prince, Buncombe CountyPublic Libraries, NC
Meet the Author
Alexandra Bracken is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Passenger series and The Darkest Minds 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 www.alexandrabracken.com and on Twitter @alexbracken.
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Such a fantastic sequel to Passenger!
I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book! I think I've fallen in love with Nicholas!
Really enjoyed this sequel to PASSENGER, but would definitely recommend at least re-reading the last chapter of that book before diving in. Otherwise, there was some amazing character growth and action in this one, and I'm bummed it's over.
I adored Passenger. So much. I loved the glimpses of the different places and times. I loved Etta’s trying to figure out where she fit in the world. I loved Nicholas. Because of my love for Passenger and the knowledge that it would be a duology, I had a lot of expectations for Wayfarer. A LOT. PS. Don’t read any farther if you haven’t yet read Passenger. Don’t do it. Right off the bat, I was curious about how Bracken would expand the world when we already had the time travel component from Passenger. Oh my gracious. I thought the alternate timeline thing was BRILLIANT. We’ve already seen the past, so why not change the past. I will say, this was not a book where I could turn my brain off. You know I love those, but this was not one of them. It was mentally exhausting at times trying to keep up with the rules of time travel and the astrolabe and the fluidity of the timeline – I loved it. As the synopsis promises, we are introduced to a plethora of new characters in Wayfarer! We learn more about Sophia, and Julian, and Li Min, and Etta’s dad. GASPSHOCKAWE. We also see more of Rose’s motivations, which added an entirely unexpected layer to the whole conflict. The real reason to read this book, though? Nicholas. If you thought you loved him in Passenger, then sweet holy lord. Just try to keep your heart together while reading Wayfarer. I dare you. He is every bit the man we remember, but then so much more. I will say this: I think the first time reading Wayfarer was…less.. than what I wanted it to be. Because up until the last twenty percent of the book, I was waiting for a thing to happen. I was reading for the express purpose of getting to the thing. And it frustrated me because it wasn’t happening and wasn’t happening and…oh, so close, but not happening. I couldn’t fully appreciate the new settings or the characters because I was focusing on the thing. I do believe that upon reading Wayfarer again and knowing about the thing, I would love it even more because I’ll be able to be in the moment.
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken Book Two of the Passenger series Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Publication Date: January 3, 2017 Rating: 4 stars Source: Review copy sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected—Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master’s heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta’s past could put them both at risk. Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia are racing through time in order to locate Etta and the missing astrolabe with Ironwood travelers hot on their trail. They cross paths with a mercenary-for-hire, a cheeky girl named Li Min who quickly develops a flirtation with Sophia. But as the three of them attempt to evade their pursuers, Nicholas soon realizes that one of his companions may have ulterior motives. As Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognizable… and might just run out on both of them. What I Liked: SPOILER-FREE REVIEW. (Unless you haven't read Passenger.) One-line summary: This book is every bit as fascinating, captivating, and thrilling as its predecessor, and a page-turning, satisfying conclusion to the series. I was extremely excited when I received this book early for review, but also wary. It's a long book (500+ pages), and the story is at an intense point (from the end of Passenger). I was nervous to read Wayfarer, because there are so many ways that this book could end, and most of them are bittersweet (or just plain cruel). I'm so happy to say that Wayfarer was incredibly engrossing and it ended rather perfectly - Bracken found a way. This book picks up a little after the end of Passenger. Nicholas and Etta have been separated in time and space. Etta wakes up as a captive of the Thorns, and she meets someone she never thought she'd know. She, Julian Ironwood, and the Thorns set out to secure the astrolabe from Cyrus Ironwood. Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia seek help from Rose Linden, only to be turned around several times. Looking for information, the pair accumulate a number of favors they must return. They meet Li Min, a mysterious and secretive traveler who helps them more than once. But Nicholas has one goal, and that is to find Etta. Sophia wants to find the astrolabe. And Li Min knows more than she is letting on. I'm still reeling a little, so bear with me as I go about this review. I've just finished the book and I'm in a pleasant state of shock, partial numbness, and total satisfaction. This book... I don't remember my exact expectations, before starting it. Hoping that Nicholas and Etta would survive and be together? In any case, I'm so pleased by what was written, and its delivery. One thing I do recommend is a reread of Passenger, or checking out some sort of spoiler-filled review or post. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)