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Book 1, Passenger

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Violin prodigy Etta Spencer had big plans for her future, but a tragic accident has put her once-bright career at risk. Closely tied to her musical skill, however, is a mysterious power she doesn't even know she has. When her two talents collide during a stressful performance, Etta is drawn back hundreds of years through time. Etta wakes,confused and terrified, in 1776, in the midst a fierce sea battle. Nicholas Carter, the handsome young prize master of a privateering ship, has been hired to retrieve Etta and deliver her unharmed to the Ironwoods, a powerful family in the Colonies—the very same one that orchestrated her jump back, and one Nicholas himself has mysteries ties to. But discovering she can time travel is nothing compared to the shock of discovering the true reason the Ironwoods have snared her in their web. Another traveler has stolen an object of untold value from them, and, if Etta can find it, they will return her to her own time. Out of options, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the mysterious traveler. But as they draw closer to each other and the end of their search, the true nature of the object, and the dangerous game the Ironwoods are playing, comes to light—threatening to separate her not only from Nicholas, but her path home... forever.

From Publishers Weekly

Nov 02, 2015 – Historical romance meets time-traveling adventure in this rousing series opener from Bracken (the Darkest Minds books). In the present day, Etta Spencer is a 17-year-old violinist eager to make her New York City debut as a soloist. After her mentor is killed, Ella awakens aboard a ship in 1776, where she discovers that her emotionally distant mother is believed responsible for hiding an astrolabe, a device used in time travel, from Cyrus Ironwood, a man determined to align all travelers to his command. With only her mother's letters and paintings as clues, Etta searches with Nicholas Carter, a freed slave and privateer from the 18th century, charged with returning the astrolabe to Cyrus. Despite differences in time lines and cultures, Etta and Nicholas find their mutual passion makes them easy targets for other travelers, all eager to control time passages. Bracken's saga is sweeping, moving quickly between countries and dates from 1910 Bhutan to Damascus in 1599. Although the couple's romantic doubts turn repetitive, the clever historical allusions, well-crafted subplots, and cliffhanger ending should leave readers awaiting the next volume. Ages 14 up.


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Customer Reviews

Did not live up to its expectations!

I just finished Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger. Henrietta “Etta” Spencer is getting ready to give a concert (she is a violinist) at The Met in New York. As she starts her piece she hears what she calls feedback (an awful noise). Etta runs off stage and there is Sophia. Sophia states she hears the noise and drags Etta off to find it. Alice (we are never given her last name) tries to intervene (she has been Etta’s violin instructor since Etta was five), but Sophia pushes Etta through something! A while later Etta wakes up on a ship in the middle of the sea and it is 1776. How did she get on this ship and in this year? Etta is disoriented and runs out onto the ship’s deck into the middle of a fight.

Nicholas Carter is a pirate (technically a legal privateer). He has orders to take the ship Ardent and get the two female passengers on board to New York to Cyrus Ironwood. Cyrus is the head of the Ironwood clan and he wants Etta to obtain an object that her mother, Rose has hidden. Etta has inherited the ability to travel through special passages in time. Etta knows nothing about time travel or the object the Ironwoods are seeking. Nicholas will go with her to keep her safe and help her navigate through the different years (without causing too many time ripples or changing history). Can they find the object Cyrus desires? If they do find it, should they give it to him? Why was this object hidden? Will Etta ever be able to get home? You will have to read Passenger to find out!

I found Passenger to be a difficult novel to read. Things are not explained in the novel. We are thrust into this world without any information. We finally get some information in the last three quarters of the novel (way too late). I also found the novel to be unnecessarily long. We have pages full of thoughts and descriptions that are not needed (you can just skip over them). I feel the novel needs a major editing (just my personal opinion) and rewriting. The characters are not very appealing (or likeable). Etta gets more interesting towards the end of the book (but by then most people have already quit reading). Passenger has potential. It has an interesting concept on time travel (and the object they are searching for), but I found the outcome disappointing. I give Passenger 2.75 out of 5 stars. The one thing that really turned me off was the ending. I kept reading the book to see how it would end. Instead of a decent ending, we are given a cliffhanger (spoiler ahead--nothing is resolved). Passenger is overall a very frustrating book.

I received a complimentary copy of Passenger from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Best book I have ever read!

I have read many books in the past years, but none compare to Passenger. Passenger is beautifully written with such thought that it's just mind blowing. Alex's is writing in Passenger is vastly different than in her previous series and that's what sets it apart. From the moment I started reading Passenger the words just fell into the right place. Also the way of time traveling in this book is so much more different than you would imagine. It's sets a "we don't have enough time" in a time travel story which it usually never the case.

Alex's characters are always my favorite, they just have so much personality to them. Etta is exactly how I would imagine a young New Yorker to be. And Nicolas, don't get me started of how perfect he is! He's just so real and I love it!

I was personally more invested in the plot itself than the romance part, but who doesn't love a good love story am I right?

I can see the next book going in such good ways and I'm so happy of this book going WAY above my expectations and can't wait till 2017 for wayfarer!

Also the ending I will say hurt me in ways, but that's just an Alexandra Bracken book for you. Once you have read her series you the endings grow on you. At least I think so.
Nope a gasp still escaped me at the end. And was that a tear I sa- nope haha that was nothing. No really.
Okay yeah Passenger made me cry, but it was in the middle of book which I didn't expect, especially since I don't always cry in books.

Passenger really started the year off on a high note! (pun not intended) :)


This book seems ok is it worth it well people need to say depending on what you like.

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  • Category: Action & Adventure
  • Published: Jan 05, 2016
  • Publisher: Disney Book Group
  • Seller: Disney Electronic Content, Inc.
  • Print Length: 544 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Passenger
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