Monday, 11 January 2016

Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

by Alexandra Bracken
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 496
Release Date: January 5th, 2016
Purchase: [Chapters/Indigo] [Amazon]
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

Having loved Alexandra Bracken's Darkest Minds series, Passenger was an absolute must on my 2016 to-read/review list. Having known that Alexandra would not disappoint, considering her world building and characters were phenomenal in the past, I instantly dove into my galley the moment it arrived.

“Good ideas had in the dark were generally best left there.”

Despite Passenger's unique premise, I had several quips with the title. Regrettably, it was very slow-moving in the first few chapters, and it's narrative, though leisurely, felt sluggish and led me to setting the title aside in exchange for another more than once. Even so, when I finally concluded the novel, I felt that the journey Alexandra Bracken took Etta and Nicholas through was intriguing, adventurous, and extraordinary. The duo were an excellent contrast to each other, and although I didn't immediately feel a connection with them, I enjoyed their banter and inner dialogue.

“That's beautiful," she said. He turned to her. "Would you like me to go take that violin for you? I'd gladly fight whatever angry mob rises up if it might make you smile." Her heart just about burst at that. Be brave. "I would only want to play for you.”

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken was undoubtedly unique. Passenger possesses a unique writing style, creative world, and a series of incredible unspoken adventures to be had. I absolutely look forward to reading it's companion.

3.5 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. Katherine Pinacho11 January 2016 at 10:29

    Flip-flopped between liking it and loving it, too
    Great review and perspective

  2. I love how you always seem to focus on the good rather than the bad. Unfortunately I was part of the latter - I didn't finish Passenger. However I did like the concept a lot.

  3. Happy to see you reviewing this book!
    I enjoyed it and recommended it to a few colleagues. A few agreed with the pace being slow, though they loved the characters.

  4. Excellent review

  5. I was going to buy a copy then The Book Depository went rogue and suddenly raised the hardback from a $16-17 price to $23. Sorry but no. Will look out for when the price drops. Glad you enjoyed the book despite an initial slow pace.

  6. Yeah, it was a tad slow. We gave it the same rating, but I think that the next book will have a great foundation.

    Kate @ Ex Libris

  7. It's always refreshing to see someone on the fence about a really hyped title. I keep seeing nothing but 5 stars for this one and it's giving me unrealistic expectations for when I finally read it!