Review: Passenger (Passenger #1) by Alexandra Bracken



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


This was absolutely fantastic! I’m still shocked from that ending; my heart can only handle so much.

“Believe me, pirate, we’ve already traveled so far past what’s deemed appropiate that I’m not sure we’ll ever manage to find our way back.”

Etta, our heroine, is a violin prodigy who’s suddenly thrown in the past, in 1776. That’s how she finds out that her mom’s kept a secret from her: they’re time travelers. So, Etta finds herself on a ship full with men from the eighteenth century that are definitely not used to girls like Etta. She was awesome. I loved her, how she lost all control on her life but still managed to just carry on and go for what she wanted and needed to do. She fights. And forget all those usual heroine, who are beautiful but keep going on about how guys find them cute but not beautiful, how they’re never good enough, how they’re always falling into the waiting arms of the hot dude. Etta’s appearence is barely mentioned, she’s talented she knows it and fights whoever tries to tell her she’s not enough, and I loved that about her. It was refreshing. Every other female character was awesome too, even the “antagonist” girl, Sophia, is fierce and is fighting for what she believes in.

“If he scents fear in you, he’ll take particular delight in tearing you to pieces.” Etta set her shoulders back, starting ahead of him up the hill. “Well, you’ll have nothing to be afraid of,” she told him, a little smile on her face. “Beacuse I’ll be with you.”

In comes Nicholas, he’s from 1776, he’s a person of color, his mother was a slave, it was just a bit of luck that got him out of that fate. Luck and a rich man’s will. He may not be a slave but he does have to serve the Ironwoods, one of the most important families among the time travelers. He has to deals with a lot of hatred from others for his skin color, and self loathing for something that happened in the past, even if he really had no control over it. I fell in love with Nicholas right away, and his arc is amazing. And I loved how his relationship with Etta developed. There’s a bit of romance, don’t worry, and it will make you melt, and smile, and cry a lot.

He let out a quiet laugh, sounding almost dismayed, his hands pressed hard against his sides. “There are times, Miss Spencer, you defeat me utterly.

THE SETTINGS! Guys, this book has some of the most amazing settings ever. Forget europe and us, these guys really travel in many different places and in different years, and I was so amazed because the details were incredible. I can’t imagine how much research went into writing this. It was really accurate, and it faced many topics like racism and feminism in different eras. It was really, really beautiful.

If there was a place to go where time might forget them, she wanted to find it.

I just adored everything about this. It all felt so real, even the time traveling aspect, which is usually really confusing, was perfectly built; the plot was so intriguing and kept me always on edge. I’ll just have to be very strong to wait for book two without losing my mind.


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