Passenger

Passenger

Book - 2016
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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
Publisher: New York : Hyperion Books for Children 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781484715772
1484715772
Characteristics: 464 pages ; 22 cm
Study Program: Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.5 22.0 178642.

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Blue_Crow_2
Sep 20, 2017

Read about 30% of the book and that was a struggle. The novel is incredibly slow and Alexandra Bracken can't focus on what's important. Pages and pages are dedicated to topics unrelated to the plot. Bracken gets too excited about irrelevant details of this new world, but doesn't explain how the time traveling itself works. There's a bad case of insta-love, and the characters are cliche.

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Nymeria23
May 04, 2017

You know, I was kind of hoping for more from this story. It held my attention and provided a fun adventure, but I sort of felt like it was more of a chore to read it than I was expecting. Certain relationships were built too fast or left in too much obscure detail or weren't defined enough to justify them (in my opinion). Some events and character reactions felt too forced, other parts of the story felt like the characters were trying to convince me too hard about what they were feeling. Some social dynamics of the story also didn't appear to have been conveyed to their fullest. I guess I liked the book but I don't think I'd ever read it again, or really recommend it for anyone other than middle to high schoolers. It just felt like a fantasy that the author had and decided to write down. I don't know, I just feel that it could have been better

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Alirox02
Apr 26, 2017

Good, but nothing amazing.

The Darkest Minds was far superior.

AL_TIEGAN Feb 02, 2017

An exciting adventure story through time and across the world! Etta is pulled from her time and forced to find something her mother has hidden at the whims of Cyrus Ironwood. With the help of Nicholas Carter, who is originally meant to deliver Etta to Cyrus, Etta goes on a crazy adventure. Her and Nicholas and working to make Cyrus' deadline, as well as, leave themselves enough time to try to figure out a plan to not deliver the hidden item to Cyrus. Etta discovers a few of her mother's secrets along the way and starts to make sense of the life and relationship they had before Etta was thrown on this path. By the end of the book, there are still plenty of questions and I definitely want to know the answers - thank goodness there is a second book!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 29, 2017

I feel like this is another book that I let wash my concentration away. My friend absolutely loved the book, which I am now starting to wonder what I missed. To me, this book was good but not entirely worthy of devotion. I enjoyed reading it, but it wasn't really THAT exciting, although some parts had me pausing. The female protagonist has a special ability and a dysfunctional family structure. She must choose between following her heart, or following her head, to ensure the safety of everyone she loves. The cliffhanger in this book though was really intense. I should probably go put a hold on Wayfarer now. 4/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Chapel_Hill_SarahW Dec 27, 2016

I think Bracken's skill is at building romantic subplots with interesting characters who really challenge each other. I loved her earlier book Brightly Woven with it's adventure, magic, and slow building romance; and I was hoping to like this one just as much. But alas, the time travel just does not make sense to me and I could not suspend my disbelief. However, there was enough here to interest me (great historical details including attention to period dress!) to probably read the 2nd book.

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akzfineart
Dec 02, 2016

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.

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twhitehead24
Oct 28, 2016

Etta Spencer’s mother had many secrets - secrets that would begin unfolding on the biggest night of her life. Etta, a violinist, was performing the Largo from Bach’s Sonata No. 3 when the secrets began to unfold. The notes that usually flowed beautifully were screeching and high-pitched and the air vibrated. When Sophia grabs Etta, she is literally pushed into a world she has never known. Suddenly she is onboard a ship and meets the captain face-to-face. Nicholas is bound and determined to help Etta on her quest to find her mom. Nicholas has his family and secrets to contend with and Etta hers – the two together are determine to find the astrolabe that can either keep them together or change the lives they know. Great book that will keep you guessing what is going to happen next. Cannot wait to read the sequel to the book that will reveal the journey that Nicholas alludes to in the end.

JCLAllisonD Oct 04, 2016

Arrgh! Spoiler alert that I desperately wished I had known before I had invested time in reading this book: This book is clearly part of a planned series and there is no resolution -- at all. That fact so completely caught me off guard and colored my opinion of this book that I really can't say whether I enjoyed it or not; I only know I ended up being highly frustrated.

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Kyanite
Jun 25, 2016

Pretty good. Just don't think too hard about the time travel aspect, and you'll be fine.

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fallacyx2
Jan 31, 2016

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