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Passenger

byAlexandra Bracken

Hardcover | January 5, 2016

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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."
-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.
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 ...
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Title:PassengerFormat:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 8.62 × 6 × 1.5 inPublished:January 5, 2016Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1484715772

ISBN - 13:9781484715772

Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good It was a good book but I really kept reading it for the plot. The character's stories were interesting but their own attributes were plain. I also dislike a few of the book tropes portrayed in this story.
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good! There was a lot of hype around this series, and I have to say, it didn't quite live up to what I thought it would be but it was still very good and definitely worth a try at reading. Worth the buy.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I liked the story. It was a bit slow but I look forward to reading the conclusion.
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Rich in character, world and plot! I picked this book up because I really enjoyed Alex's other series THE DARKEST MINDS, and I was not disappointed with this book either. I listened to this mainly on Audio book and I really loved the resilience of Etta. I also really loved Nicholas and the whole concept on time travel and adventure that the author wove together for this book. I also really loved the historical factor about this book and that the characters visited so many places! Even though this book is a complete 180 from THE DARKEST MINDS, I suggest people to check it out. The face that its a Duology is pretty great too! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Beautiful Cover I'd give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars. First of all I have to say that this is probably one of the most gorgeous covers I have seen on a novel.. the hardcover copy that I have is stunning. Even when you take the paper cover off, the physical book is a light blue that is beautiful with the golden Linden family tree on it. WOW ! Second this book was however a bit disappointing only because there was so much hype that I heard about this book before I read it. I loved the time travel aspect, I enjoyed the mystery and the chase. I don't know exactly what it was exactly that stopped me from falling in love with this novel completely.. but I am excited to see how it ends in the next and final book. It left you on a cliff hanger.. which all good books generally do.. so hopefully the next book will grip me more. Maybe it's her mom that doesn't sit well with me? I'm not too sure, I did enjoy it. and would recommend it to others if they like a time travel aspect in books, but it wasn't my favourite.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A really intelligent, tightly written time travel story! This was kind of everything I want in a novel. I may be extremely biased, considering I too have written a time travel series about family blood feuds, but I’m still absolutely here for it all the same. This is my first Alexandra Bracken novel (she’s far better known for her insanely popular The Darkest Minds series) and I somehow imagined a far simpler writing style on par with most YA fantasy series out there. I am, however, delighted to find my assumptions were wrong, and in fact, Bracken weaves together a complex, beautifully written story crossing the boundaries of time. There were so many things going into this novel that had me absolutely grinning ear to ear giddy. Etta (who has a great, original name vintage flavoured name, which I loved) is an incredibly smart, driven female protagonist. She’s an insanely affluent violinist training to play with the greats. She’s so focused, with her eyes honed right in on the prize, that it all almost works to her detriment. This is something I definitely think is lacking in YA female protagonists lately. So often, they’re drifting and don’t know what they want at the start of the story, and often don’t figure it out until the end of the series. But here, Bracken gives us a different take. Etta knows who she is, what she wants, and how to get it, and Bracken throws her in the deep end of the complete opposite of what she expects. Etta effectively loses the one part of her life she can depend on in being thrown back in time. I gotta say, although I’m upset that the likelihood of Etta’s returning to her life as a sharply-motivated violinist is pretty slim given how her arc progresses, I’m loving this inversion of the YA female stereotype. Etta has to learn to let go and be less of a control freak in her own life and I like that. There is nothing that makes me more excited in a book than surprise Victorian settings. As with any time travel plot, Etta and Nicholas to a certain amount of bouncing around from one era to the next. Shockingly enough, for a time travel writer, I might not have a good sense of what a typical time travel story is like, but I can’t say I’ve ever read one that uses the jumping from one era to the next so liberally and so effectively. A lot of the time travel novels I’ve read have stuck to a single era, but this one has a very clear goal propelling them through the different time periods. Bracken’s very meticulous about her every choice she makes and no time jump feels out of place or superfluous to the plot. Etta and Nicholas stay as long as they need to in every era, no more, no less. Although this may not be your usual quick YA read, the plot is tight and gets on without any unnecessary waffling. That being said, I am a little disappointed that we couldn’t linger and properly savour each era. Bracken’s so hyperfocused on Etta’s task at hand, she never gives the reader an opportunity to explore each new setting. In the span of the novel, we see World War 2 London, 19th Century France, 16th century Damascus, and yet it’s a very insular perspective on each era. One that doesn’t fully embody the atmosphere of each place and time. The tight rules of time travel in Bracken’s world seems to work against her in this way. Because Etta and the other time jumpers aren’t allowed to interact with themselves from different timelines, or really interact with big world events, there’s no opportunity to do any fun name drops to give that real sense of place. Refusing to let her characters interact with the world around them, Bracken effectively strips all meaning of time and place. Both Nicholas and Etta struggle with their sense of belonging. Etta, a modern girl being thrown into the past, and Nicholas, a 19th century boy punished to never jump through time again. The pair of them are essentially blank slates, ones who could redefine that sense of belonging; that sense of home, not applying it to a specific place or time, but in with each other. Very rarely do time travel romances do the whole “their love defies time and place” without being cheesy and melodramatic, but Passenger definitely succeeds without being overwrought. The romance, when it starts picking up steam, doesn’t overpower Etta’s original mission. She’s determined to find the astrolabe to save her kidnapped mother and Nicholas is 100% there to support her through it. (A trope I’ve also been known to use on a pretty regular basis). That mission is first and foremost a priority and Bracken doesn’t diminish its importance in favour of the central romance, while still making Etta and Nicholas’ romance a sweeping one. And I respect that! I will say, I read this book on and off within a series of about four months, while getting distracted by other books. I feel like had I read it within a week, I would be far more in love with it than I was. I was fully on board for it in a big way within the first 150 pages, and I think my enthusiasm diminished the longer I left it sitting on my bedside table. So if you like some fantasy, like some history, like some romance, all tied together in a heftier-than-usual YA package, this is that novel. Just expect to really take some time to savour it because I think this is definitely one of those books you have to spend quality time with.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow This book took me a little longer than I usually take to read, and I was a little disappointed due to the hype surrounding it. Unique story about time travel though.
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read This was a good read and I believe the first book is the stronger in the duology. It was a relatively quick read although, at times, the pacing was a bit slow for me. If I could criticize Alexandra Bracken as an author, I would like to see her tighten things up a bit. At times she gets a bit heavy on the exposition but it didn't really leave me feeling any closer to the character...perhaps detailed descriptions of violins aren't my thing though?? I enjoyed the premise, the varied settings and attention to period details.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting The hype for this book is what made me pick it up despite the fact that I am not usually a fan of time travel. The historical elements the author included and the reflection upon today's society was very interesting and added an essential element to the novel. HOWEVER, I couldn't help but think the romance in this novel was too prominent when the main characters should have had their priorities elsewhere. Personally I thought it took away from the sense of urgency throughout the novel.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Slow This had a very slow start and it was hard to get into.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Slow This had a very slow start and it was hard to get into.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Passenger This book was a little slow to start but once it got going it was quite interesting with an interesting journey and good world building.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good. A bit too heavy with the romance, but still a fun read.
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from DNF'd because so slow & pretentious I went into this book having never read a Bracken book and crawled my way through to the 60% mark before stopping the torture. This book was so slow, the writing so formal and pretentious for a YA book (honestly I don't understand how she can publish as a YA author with this style) and barely anything happened by the time I (chucked it) put it back on my shelf.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it Great novel with fantastic characters. Want to read more by this author
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING While I admit it was a slow start, the character development and world building is worth it. Great read, I want more than just a duology
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow but Steady This book had a very slow beginning which wasn't boring, but wasn't too exciting either. It was a necessary pace though with this concept of time travel in order to understand it fully. Once Etta and Nicholas actually started to time travel, I grew much more interested. The ending was the best part of the book though and why I chose 4/5 stars rather than 3 because although I slightly expected one part, it threw in another concept and shocked me well. It Was a very interesting, slightly confusing concept that I look forward to learning more about in the sequel.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh my gosh! This book surprised me so much. I heard such good things about it and so I picked it up. Immediately I was addicted and could not stop reading. I love the two main characters: Nicholas and Etta. Their relationship is so beautiful but intense. Also, the rules in this book for time travel are so unique and interesting. Prepare for an action packed ride.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An exciting adventure! It took me a few chapters to really get into this story, but after i did it was quite the adventure! The writing was beautiful.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic Time Travel Adventure! Time travel stories aren't usually my thing, but PASSENGER surpassed my expectations with its exceptional story-telling, detailed story-telling, and compelling characters. The world building was amazing and unique, the pace steady and exciting, the writing and dialogue stellar, and the romance thrilling, just to start. While this isn't usually the kind of book I go for, I'm so glad I decided to give it a chance. I was swept on a fantastic adventure that took me around the world through different time zones, everything from a high-seas adventure to a jungle escapade, PASSENGER had everything I wanted and more. This take on time travel, while complicated (as it should be), was unique and aesy for me to understand. And the characters, oh the characters! Etta is a great hero––strong and capable and inspiring, she's someone I genuinely cared about and wanted to see succeed. And Nicholas? Oh, where do I start?! He's charming, noble, complex, and impossible not to love. This was a spectacular book with a stunning ending that has me begging for more. Don't miss out this series!
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointment This book was all around a huge ball of mehh for me. When I first started reading it, it was interesting and there was some action that made me really fall in love with it. But after the action subsided, it became so boring. There was talking and more talking, a bit of action, then talking and more talking. Most of the book consisted of the main characters running away from people while they were time traveling. I just wanted one scene where the bad guys met the main characters and they had a cool face off. But no, I had to wait until the end, where it was super action packed and pretty awesome. Now, I really did like the romantic aspect of the book and how the couple was interracial. I also liked the problems that were addressed with being a person of colour even in 2016 because some people are oblivious to this and don't believe racism still exists (I know crazy right?). I don't know if I'm going to give the next book a try because I would much rather read other books, but maybe if I hear something amazing.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rich in Romance and History I loved reading about the rich history of the time periods explored. I enjoyed the amazing cast of characters. Looking forward to Wayfairer.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Slow & boring I really did not enjoy this book. I had such high hopes for it and Alexandra Brackens writing. It was very slow. It started out good and then it was a huge let down. It was very confusing and not done well. I feel like this book has a great concept but it was just not done well. I unfortunately have zero interested in the second book.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Time Travel First of all, let's just stop and appreciate the cover. It is so pretty~~ Love the concept of it. especially how there is a boat hidden by the shadow in the cover. Love it~~ I must say that this book is really different from The Darkest Mindstrilogy. The concept and the writing style is completely different. One is superpowers, one is time travel. I must say that I am really impressed with Alexandra Bracken's writing.
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow It had a good plot and a good ending, but the entire time the pacing was slow and it felt like the scene was dragging on way too long - longer than it should've.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow pacing but good ending As I whole I thought the book was good, but I had issues with the pacing and structure. I do plan to read the sequel, but if I find the same issues, that will negatively impact my reading experience, more so than book #1. I found the prologue and first chapter to be very confusing, so much so I almost DNFed. I loved the last 30% of the book and thought it was really exciting! That cliffhanger at the end was great as well. Bracken has a knack for world-building. I never felt like she was info-dumping when it came to explaining how time-travel works in her book. Information about passages and travellers were explained at the right moments; I was never confused about that. In addition, the settings were described really well – it was so easy to visualize all the different places Bracken takes us to. I wish we’d spent more time in Angkor, but I do see how other places warrant more space. Although I could imagine the setting really well, the same can’t be said for physical actions. I didn’t feel like the author was clear when trying to visualize what a character was doing. For example, if character A is getting kidnapped, it’s important to know if they’re being carried by character B or on an animal etc. Important details like that weren’t made clear. Things were happening and then suddenly they weren’t anymore. I loved Nicholas and connected with him immediately. I enjoyed being in his head. I liked learning more about him and his life. I also liked that the author made clear the issues Nicholas faces as a POC in various timelines and the way it opened Etta’s eyes. I did like Etta, but she struck me as a plain Jane; I didn’t really connect with her, or even think much of her. I’m really surprised by that because her being a violin protege should have gained a large emotional response. I’ve always wanted to play an instrument, like a violin in the way she plays – being so good to make a professional career out of it. Along with the time-traveling ability, that should have had me wishing to be her, but instead I just wanted to steal those two parts of her, nothing else. I loved the chapters in which Etta and Nicholas were at sea, but there weren’t many of them. I know the title of the book refers to the time-travel element, but I feel like this book has been largely marketed as a pirate/sailing sea adventure. I just wanted more of that. There’s lots of references to pirates & sea adventures, but nothing really comes of that. My issues with the pacing and structure mainly happened in the first half. Sometimes the pace was so slow and other times it was too fast. Certain characters would be sharing things about themselves and I’d feel like I missed some important character development that led to that point. This book is really big and the structure of it made it harder to get through. Like I said, if I find these same issues in the sequel and it’s just as or bigger than book #1, it’ll be a very unhappy reading experience. I loved the ending and thought it was wrapped up really well. I have to commend Bracken for that cliffhanger – I could have completely hated the book and still read the sequel just to know about a certain thing that happens (assuming I read right to the end). I hope the sequel is like the ending – exciting, fast-paced and full of plot-twists.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Ending Is Gonna Get You Hooked This book is so pretty, the hardcover had so many efforts put into it! The story was good, I like reading it but it's the ending that really got me hooked. I can't wait for the second book to be published, it's such a cliff hanger !
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow At First... Wow. This book was fantastic! The first 40 or so pages had me interested, but for a bit after that, I was bored. I kept reading, in hopes that something good would happen, and I wasn't let down. Even though the book didn't have me hooked until around page 140, it was worth it! Every chapter after that kept dragging me in. I kept feeling the need to know what happens next. There were parts throughout the book where I was a bit bored, but there was always something that happened to pull me back in. A couple of unexpected things happened throughout the book which made me even more interested to see how everything played out after those scenes! Now, onto the romance. It was so well written! It wasn't insta-love which I was SO happy about. There was so much tension between them. I loved how their relationship grew as the story went on, and I can't wait what happens in the next book! The time travel aspect of this book was not explained very well at the beginning, but I found that you're reading, you find out new information that allows you to piece together how it works! The ending was amazing! What happened was not something I was expecting!The way everything played out makes me even more excited for the next book, I NEED IT NOW!! It left off on kind of a cliffhanger, but was satisfying enough to keep me happy until the next book. I'm definitely eagerly anticipating the sequel! I'm really looking forward to reading more time travel books, and I would really recommend this book!
Date published: 2016-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Slow but addicting to read Etta Spencer is a violin prodigy about to make her big debut. It all goes wrong when she’s suddenly torn away from the world she knows and she finds herself in the past. She learns she has legacy, the ability to travel through time, and a family known as the Ironwoods want to use her to find an object her mother hide from them years ago. Nicholas has been fighting his whole life to be free of the Ironwoods but he gets dragged into this new scheme to ensure Etta brings the Ironwoods what they want. Together, Etta and Nicholas must travel through continents and time to find the one thing Etta’s mother wanted to keep hidden and the closer they get, the more they learn about the Ironwoods’ true intentions. This was one of my most anticipated novels for 2016 so when I received an ARC, I was extremely excited and couldn’t stop myself from starting it as soon as I could. I loved Alexandra Bracken’s series The Darkest Minds and time travel books so this seemed like it could be a perfect book for me. And it was. I extremely enjoyed my time reading it. Etta was a fantastic character. There was a quiet strength and fierce determination in her without it turning into her being an instant expert at everything she tried. All she wanted to do was survive and find a way to save the people she loved. She was learning about time travel along with the reader so when she would do something rash or say something out of place, I could forgive her because she was as green as anyone else who’d never believed in time travel. She has a very fiery personality that resulted in some great comebacks and one-liners, and a huge heart that just wanted to save everyone she could. Nicholas was just as great as Etta. The bastard child of the Ironwood family who was always looked down on and just wanted to live his own life, but he got dragged back into the life he didn’t want no matter how much he protested. He had big dreams but those dreams also made it easy to manipulate him. He was extremely loyal to those who had earned it and had a necessary chip on his shoulders but was really sweet once he let his walls down. There were so many interesting dynamics between the characters, not just the two main ones. I did love the relationship that developed between Etta and Nicholas. It was slow and complicated and, for the most part, growing in the background while the time travel plot was on the forefront. My favourite relationships, other than the one between Etta and Nicholas, were the ones between Etta and her violin teacher and Nicholas and his half-brother Julian. They were less present than a lot of the other relationships but they had a big impact on me. The pacing of the book was slow but without feeling like it was dragging. I was never bored. Instead I was completely absorbed into the story, reading every line, and letting the writing paint very vivid pictures of the scenes happening around the main characters. I appreciated the detail because it added so much to the historical aspect of the book. The time travel aspect combined with the Godfather-like Ironwood family and the historical settings made for such an interesting read that I couldn’t put it down until I was finished. And then I wanted more immediately. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2016-02-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3.5 stars There was so much buzz around this book, and I was so excited to receive an e-ARC from Netgalley. I was really looking forward to reading about time travel! I love love love reading stories featuring time travel, and really like getting to see how different authors explain its rules. For some reason, it took me a really long time to get into this book. I read the first 30% and then kind of stalled. I enjoyed what I had read, but I didn’t feel compelled to read on, the way I do when I’m truly loving a book. I don’t know if the pacing was too slow for me or what, but I put this down for a little while and didn’t feel excited about coming back to it. Eventually though, I did pick it back up, and somewhere past the halfway point, things really picked up for me. The story got more exciting, and I really liked the relationship between Nicholas and Etta. I also love the way the book ended, and I’m really looking forward to the sequel! So while it didn’t grab me until later in the book, there’s a lot that I liked. A recommended read! (I received a copy from the publisher for free, for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
Date published: 2016-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looking for a grand adventure? Look no further! Review via Aphonic Sarah Passenger is one of the first books I read this year and oh man. My year of reading is off to an amazing start. Why? PIRATES AND TIME TRAVEL! A great combination! I took my time while reading this lovely. Not because I couldn’t get into the book, but because I wanted to savor every wonderful moment of it. It was beautifully written, and it didn’t skimp on the details. I could picture most of the book, in my mind. One of the parts that stuck out the most to me, and has stuck with me, is that gorgeous dress that was described in the very beginning. I could picture it, and I thought about it often while reading. I need the next book, and I need to know if she ever gets to wear that dress. Normally I am not a big fan of jumping around when it comes to regions, but jumping between years and locations was a wonderful experience as a reader. Each location was full of amazing detail, and knowledge of the year they were in. I found myself looking up some of the clothing from Damascus and picturing the market where they were shopping. Each place was a fascinating, and I really look forward to visiting more places with Nicholas and Etta in the second book. Alexandra Bracken, Take me away! Etta was an amazing main character. Strong, outspoken and standing up for Nicholas’ rights, regardless of what year she is in. That is the one thing that stuck out to me about her throughout the book. She really can stand on her own two feet, and I feel like she could without Nicholas around. She is incredibly selfless, and she would be willing to give up everything she loved to keep her family and loved ones safe. Nicholas was just as much a sweetheart as he was a pirate. He was taken by complete surprise on the ship when Etta stood up from what she believed in, and I really feel like that is the point in the book where he started falling for her. He knows when she needs help, and when to just let her take the lead. He didn’t need to be in the front and saving the day; it didn’t make him any less of a man. If anything, it made him that much more sexy. It was so easy to fall in love with him, and I did fall head over heels. <3 I am dying to know what choices are going to be made in the second book, from both Etta and Nicholas. In all honestly, I want to see the Ironwoods fall. I want to know what her mother has to say about all of this when she comes across Etta. Passenger was the perfect way to start off my reading year, and if this is any sign of what 2016 is about to bring, then I can’t wait to see what other wonderful books are thrown my way.
Date published: 2016-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Who doesn't want to experience a bygone era and read a novel filled with adventure, romance and humor? First off, I loved this novel! No doubt about that. I immediately fall in love with the book cover and decided to read it after skimming over the blurb. I have never been that interested in Science Fiction, but the idea of time traveling to past centuries and living at sea caught my interest right away. Who doesn't want to time travel and experience a bygone era? I wouldn't mind traveling to 1920s Paris or London. Now on to the characters. The two main characters are Etta (Henrietta) and Nicholas. Etta is a violin prodigy whose entire life revolves around her musical performances around the world while Nicholas' passion is making a life at sea. They are both passionate individuals who put their heart and soul into everything they do, which I really liked about these two characters. They feel deeply about each other, but feel their differences are there to keep them apart - these differences cause romantic tension between the two throughout the book. When they travel to London, Nicholas is overwhelmed with his feelings for Etta but 'he would not surrender to the disaster of loving her". He believes, "in time the pain would pass'. Of course, they realize their differences only make them perfect for each other. There are two powerful families - Thorns and the Ironwoods - who want a valuable time traveling object, the Astrolabe. Etta and Nicholas are pretty much pawns to be played with in order for the families to get the valuable object. Etta and Nicholas are time travelers who can use passages to visit one time period to another. However, time itself is very complicated. Powerful figures, such as the head of the Ironwood family control the timeline and what happens with it - they maintain the timeline to make profit for their family. There are guardians (they cannot travel) in place to protect and safeguard passages in each time period. Changing the outcome of one event in the past has the potential to change the entire the timeline and cause a rippling effect. Saving someone's life, for example, in one time period can change Etta's future and the entire timeline ' for better or for worse. The concept of time travel comes alive in this novel. We, the readers, get to read about so many different places and time periods - we get to read about the Jungles of Cambodia and Wartime London and so on. And did I mention that Alexandra's writing is very beautiful? Some of passages actually read like poetry. I love how she manages to combine Etta's musical talent to time traveling: "Again, she felt her desire for music swelling in her again like an ache. Her fingers pressed against her side, and she imagined how she would try to coax a song of hidden depth and warm, wild life from the strings. And when she passed through the damp jungle air into the electric, shivering fingers of the passage, she mourned the fact that she would never see this place again". There are some humor and comic relief thrown in here and there from different characters' one liners to give us a break from all the dramatic happenings in the novel. It definitely ends in a cliffhanger (not really-but almost), so I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series! I definitely recommend this novel and would love to purchase a copy in the future for myself or for a friend :)
Date published: 2016-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Alexandra Bracken is amazing!! I was afraid that I was going to be disappointed by this book, since I had such high expectations for it from The Darkest Minds. Thankfully, I was wrong. This book was amazing and I would recommend it to anyone. It's completely worth it to read to the end!
Date published: 2016-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Favourite!!! Oh my goodness, this book was everything! I swear, Alexandra Bracken is a genius. With immensely beautiful writing, an intricate plot, historical accuracy (even with the dialogue), and covering issues with feminism and racism, this novel is near perfection. It really shines through that Bracken studied history in college, since there are so many different time periods and locations in this novel. But the most notable aspect are the two main characters: Etta and Nicholas. Nicholas especially stands out and feels so much more real than most characters. There are a few scenes where you just want to hug him because of his anxieties due to racism--or even in general because he's just so lovable! Etta, on the other hand, is an extremely vibrant character from all the rest, and is also stalwart to her mother. And her mother, oh my, she is like a Dumbledore of this book.
Date published: 2016-01-10

Editorial Reviews

"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