Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Book Review ~ Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

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 travelled 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 traveller 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.

Pirates and Time Travel, seriously, this book has everything I love. And I’m happy to say, it lived up to my expectations.
It did take me a bit to get into the story, but once I was in, I didn’t want to leave.

With a story like this, having your characters’ time travel to places and to significant events, means a lot of research and knowing what you’re talking about. But the most important thing, it needs to make sense to the reader. Not all of us know the exact details of an exact moment in time, but if you mention it, then there would be people (me) who would do their own research just to make sure you weren’t making up things.

What I’m more surprised is this being a Young Adult novel. Now it’s nothing against this genre, but sometimes it’s very hard to find a Young Adult book with a great plot, well written, and have strong characters from both sexes.
Etta and Nicholas, our protagonists, are both very strong characters from two very different time periods, but they work together so well. It’s not all about romance, but working on equal terms. Etta being a woman in a world where we aren’t treated with respect. And Nicholas being from African descent, and we all know how they were treated back then as well as today.

And of course like most, not all, great books, it becomes a series and we are left here waiting for the next book to come out. Thank you Alexandra Bracken for captivating me in this world and leaving me hanging until you release the next installment.

My star rating for Passenger by Alexandra Bracken is: