Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Published January 5th 2016 by Disney-Hyperion
Goodreads Summary: 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.
Review: I had seen a lot of mixed reviews about this book but decided to read it anyways when it was chosen as the first book for The Revolving Shelf book club. Plus that cover… gorgeous! Anyways. The book started out pretty slow. I mean, really slow. I ended up setting the book down for a couple weeks to read something else. But I decided to give it another chance and once I got past the halfway point, it started to get better. The action started picking up. The concept of the story was really intriguing but the first half was a little slow in sorting out the details.
The characters in the story were either good or they were bad. There wasn’t really any middle ground. I never really connected with Etta too well. I prefered Nicholas to her. At first, their connection seemed a little instalove-ish but I did end up liking their relationship. There were some really good revelations in the second half that started to connect the dots between things that happened in the first half. And then it ended on quite the cliffhanger! I will be really interested to visit this world again when the sequel comes out.