Passenger by Alexandra Bracken review

I read Passenger earlier this year and never got around to posting my review, so here it is!


Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Published by Disney-Hyperion on January 5th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, young adult, sci-fi (time travel), historical, romance
Pages: 486

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

“They were two ships sailing in opposite directions, having met for a short time in the middle of a voyage, and he could no sooner “keep her” than capture the wind.”

Passenger sounded like a unique and exhilarating read jam packed with time travel and epic adventures. Unfortunately, I didn’t exactly get what I was hoping for. I feel torn with this book as some parts I thoroughly enjoyed, and other bits felt tedious and lacking.

I found this book quite difficult to get into at first, the beginning dragged with unnecessary detailed descriptions. I had to set the book down and come back and reread the beginning again. Although the writing was exquisite at times, there were some parts that felt tiresome.

I started to get intrigued when the time travel “set sail” (pun intended). But the book didn’t consistently capture my attention. One chapter I was hooked and the next I was uninterested. There was also this strange detachment I felt at times, as I couldn’t truely relate to the story or characters.

I did however enjoy the romance and the African American love interest. I considerably liked Etta and Nicholas as characters. Also I LOVE the cover ❤

Overall it was a good read, however I don’t think I will be continuing the duology and reading Wayfarer. But I still want to read Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds, hopefully I’ll enjoy it more than Passenger 🙂


Have you you read Passenger or is it on your TBR? If you’ve read it let me know what you thought of it and the second book too. Have you read Alexandra’s other books? What do you think of them?

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