Book Reviews

Book Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken


A unique and enjoyable adventure through time with a couple of worthy guides.


Passenger by Alexandra Bracken


3 solid kitty stars!3

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.

I have so many questions after finishing this book, hopefully that will all be cleared up in Wayfarer. Since it ends all cliffhanger-y I am like a cat, the curiosity is going to be the end of me! At least this is only a duology and I won’t be waiting for a third to emerge!

I loved Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds series, that’s what made me anticipate this book so much, but Passenger is supremely different from TDM so I won’t try to compare telekinetic teens to time-traveling pirates. <— THIS is why I read. Where else in life would you be able to use those words in a sentence?

Etta Spencer is a violin prodigy who knows nothing of her dormant ability to travel through time, but is thrown into an unfamiliar world miles and years from home. Nicholas is a sailor with the task of delivering his passenger, Etta, to the Ironwoods. Now, 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 Ironwoodsโ€™ grasp.

You cannot fathom the distance I would travel for you.

The romance was somewhat lacking for me. I just didn’t connect with their relationship. Maybe the forbidden quality to it just didn’t seem like forbiddenness at all. I did enjoy the adventure after they started to travel. The part on the ship at the beginning was super slow and hard for me to get through. It picked up a time or two, but was ultimately just slower paced than it should have been. The world building was great however, I really felt each place and it was fun to unravel the clues her mother had left for her. I love a mystery so that’s probably what kept me going and like I said before I will finish this series when the next comes out.


5 thoughts on “Book Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

  1. Reading this right now, and for some reason, it’s just taking me way longer than I thought! IDK if I’m missing something about this book. I want to like it…but it’s becoming a little hard. S:


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