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Impeccably researched, cleverly put together, and hugely intriguing,Passenger is an action-packed coming-of-age adventure, which doesn't only focus on a physical journey throughout the ages but is also an inspirational voyage of diversity and empowerment. (Page to Stage)
Tackling big themes, locations that span both continents and centuries, and a compelling love story at its heart ensures that Passenger is deserving of the buzz it's receiving. (Fantasy Literature)
Passenger doesn't let up its high-octane pace until the final page ... (School Library Journal)
The slow-burning relationship between Etta and Nicholas will leave many readers breathless. (BOOKLIST)
A rousing series opener ... Bracken's saga is sweeping. (Publishers Weekly)
Alexandra Bracken keeps pages turning. (Kirkus Reviews)
Utterly absorbing, smart, and romantic. (Wendy Higgins)
Grabs you by the heart from its opening notes and doesn't let go until its knockout, blockbuster finale. (SARAH J. MAAS, #1 New York Times best-selling author)
I was truly transported through this novel ... Fans of Outlander will see so much of Claire in Etta, who holds a smart and headstrong lens to history. (VICTORIA AVEYARD, #1 New York Times best-selling author)
This is a romantic, action-packed page turner for fans of fantasy and historical ficition (Inis)
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You know when a book is so massively hyped up that you almost don’t want to read it in case you hate it? This was one of those books. And unfortunately, for me, it didn’t live up to the hype.
I loved the idea. I’m a massive time travel fan, so any book or film that promises me some time travelling shenanigans will get my money. The idea that time travel could be a genetic ability was really cool and had masses of potential and I think for people that enjoy Alexandra Bracken’s style of writing this book could be winner-winner-chicken-dinner. Sadly, I was not one of those people.
Just as some background, I read The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken a while back and it really wasn’t for me. It just didn’t click. At the time, I chalked it up to experience and moved on, but Passenger has left me feeling the same way so now I’m starting to think that maybe Alexandra Bracken’s style of writing just isn’t my cup of tea.
At 500 pages, I found this book to be really over-long, considering the plot is pretty skimpy. I know it’s bad form to compare books by different writers, but when I think about how much plot, description and characterisation Sarah J Maas crammed into ACOMAF it really made me wonder why this author’s editor didn’t send the original manuscript back to her with lots of red-pen ‘CUT THIS BIT OUT’ comments over it. The same story could have been told easily in 200 pages by an author with a more succinct writing style.
There were some really long-winded passages where Etta and Nicholas did a whole bunch of navel-gazing. There was miles too much bland description about things that didn’t really need describing. These things pulled me out of the action and left me a little bored at times. The action doesn’t get going for quite a way into the book and when it does, it’s quite slow-moving.
Having said this, I think that this is just this author’s style of writing. I noticed the same things about The Darkest Minds and that book didn’t thrill me as much as I’d hoped either. And interestingly that was a book that had an underlying idea I wanted to love, too.
Etta was an okay character, but I thought she really loved her violin-playing skills a bit too much. On the plus side, she was brave and resourceful, but anyone who goes into their own little world and mimes playing an instrument in front of other people needs a quick poke in the eye.
Nicholas was okay, but too noble and I’m-not-worthy for me to get behind as a love interest. He comes from a time where interracial relationships were illegal, so I understood his reticence, but I’d have preferred him to have had a bit more backbone. I think that for some people he would be an awesome love interest, but personally I prefer my male MCs to be a bit more rogueish.
And: Cliche Alert! Etta’s mum is a cold, frosty woman, and she’s (you’ll never guess!) ... British.
I'm going to skip right past the bit where the author describes various characters as having 'British' accents (there's no such thing - Britain has literally hundreds of different accents) and go right to the part where I find it so tedious when the cold, frosty woman turns out to be British. Seriously, it’s like some authors think no other nation in the world has emotionally unavailable women. Hate to break it to you, but this isn’t what we're like. I’m not sitting here in my ice castle, platinum-blonde hair twisted up into an elegant chignon, breathing liquid-nitrogen fumes all over my laptop. I haven’t sent my barely-weaned children off to boarding school. I’m actually *whispers* quite affectionate towards my friends and family.
In fact, if there’s one thing I tire of more than the British Ice Queen cliché, it’s the plump, tea-swilling, Mrs Overall, ‘Alright Ducks?’ cliché.
And guess what? There’s one of those in this book too.
Honestly, I’m not sure I’ll read any more books by this author. Irritating stereotypes aside, she’s not a bad writer per se, just not completely on my wavelength. If you love long, meandering passages of description then she’d be right up your alley, but I’m just not sure she’s for me.
Generally speaking, things like insta-love normally put me off reading a book. If I know there's going to be a romance that happens almost without question, I tend to avoid that book like the plague because it is one of my pet hates. However, I really like the idea of time travel, I always have, and I even wrote a story on time travel for my English Lit GCSE. So I had fairly high hopes for this novel.
The story itself wasn't a bad idea. I liked the idea of the plot, but felt like the execution was just poor. I didn't hate the writing style per se, just felt like the pacing was off. One minute we're in 2015/2016, the next we're in 1776, followed swiftly by London in the 1940s. But between each time change things either moved slowly, for example, the change from the 1700s to the 1900s, or rather quickly, like the change from 2010s to 1700s. And with each change in time period, my attention just failed.
It took me a while to actually get into the book, the start was slightly confusing and a little slow, and for the majority of the book this remained to be the case. About a third of the way through things began to pick up and I was interested in the story line, but by the last third I was just waiting for it all to end. I had no emotional connection to the plot line, I wasn't invested in the characters, and I had no real sense of urgency about escaping both 'enemies'. Etta and Nicholas were just bland, and if Nicholas wasn't dwelling on his ulterior motive, or Etta thinking about saving her mother and Alice, then they were staring longingly at each other and complaining about the fact they loved each other but couldn't be together, followed swiftly by them clinging to each other.
Speaking of Etta, she's supposed to be a violin prodigy, but for 80% of the book she doesn't pick up, play or even want to play the violin. And I understand that she's time travelling, but in 1940s London a man takes a violin with him when the city is under attack. This seemed like the perfect moment for Etta to play a tune, she's just said her goodbyes to Alice, realised that what she wants to do is pretty much impossible, and instead of doing something we've been told is her way of dealing with emotions and escaping the world for a short period of time, she spends the entire time wishing she could be closer to Nicholas, smelling Nicholas, kissing Nicholas. It's infuriating. She was just one-dimensional. She constantly forgets that in her timeline women are valued as a somewhat influential part of society and that in the past women were viewed merely as something to be seen and not heard. and she's supposed to be smart.
Nicholas is the complete opposite. He dwells in self-pity remembering the time he let his friend fall off a cliff or mountain, or whatever it was. He doesn't think himself deserving of Etta's affections because he is effectively going behind her back, but at the same time he's normally the one to make sexual comments, or to put himself in danger because of her. And he's constantly in a grump because he's not in a boat sailing the open sea.
The only character I really liked was Alice, and she's barely in this!
It also annoyed me how certain things were overlooked. For example, Etta is wearing a 1940s style dress when she travels to Paris in the 1890s and no one bats an eyelid? She runs straight through a park chased by some bad guys, and no one seems to care, like it's a regular occurrence. Every time the period of time changes, they have money to sort out any problems they might face. If they don't have a plan, they end up exactly where they are supposed to be regardless. And the entire clues thing was ridiculous. After London their task seemed more than a little straight forward. They start off needing to find the first clue in London because their initial idea falling through, and from there it is almost a literal walk in the park. From time to time it's merely a case of finding the next 'portal' (I know they call this something else, but I'm going with portal), and there's barely anything in their way between each. It's almost too easy.
If I'm honest, I felt let down by this, and although I love time travel, this puts me in mind of the time travelers wife, and I didn't particularly like that either. Maybe I don't really like time travel books, just the concept. The thing is, a part of me did like this book. The writing style varied slightly throughout the book, and in some cases I did just stop caring and was simply reading to get the story over with, but there were some parts I couldn't put it down for. It was just a case of finding the right parts for me.
I'm interested to see where the story goes, but don't know if I want to pick up the next book. Like I said, the plot does intrigue me, but given that I liked the concept for this book and didn't fully enjoy it, it makes me wonder whether picking up Wayfarer is entirely worth it. Maybe if I saw it in the library, or for really cheap, I'd pick it up, but for now this isn't a priority.
All I can say is if you enjoyed The Time Travelers Wife, any of Alexandra Bracken's previous novels, or simply can overlook a few minor mishaps and insta-love storylines, you might really enjoy this.
I just didn't love this. But you might.