What?!?!?! A book review? I know, it’s been ages, but here you go! Today’s book is one that I’ve been wanting to read for most of the year, so here we go! Also, can we just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful this cover is?!?!?! Also, I love the way this book’s cover matches with the naked cover of Wayfarer, and vice versa. Last also: I’m sorry, I just couldn’t resist that title. But more on that below.
*Goodreads Summary because it’s way too long and no way am I paraphrasing that*: 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.
So earlier this summer, I binge-read The Darkest Minds trilogy and liked it. While it wasn’t my FAVORITE, I did still enjoy it. Passenger is a completely different concept, but I think I actually enjoyed it a tad bit more, even though it has the same rating (oops). This book was mainly character-driven, so let’s start out with them! I honestly think Etta adapted really well to the situations she was thrust into, and I admired her resilience. I will say that she had a few weird moments, like the violin-miming part, which just felt strange. Actually, just the fact that she kept bringing up her violin debut bothered me, although maybe it was a way for her to anchor herself with all the other stuff going on? But seriously, YOU ARE RUNNING THROUGH TIME FOR YOUR LIFE, ARE YOU SERIOUSLY THINKING ABOUT A VIOLIN DEBUT? I’m sorry, but if I was time-traveling to save several lives, including myself, I would NOT be thinking about my Lincoln Center performance or something. But maybe that’s just me. Her love interest, Nicholas, was quite swoonworthy! My heart hurt for all the bigotry he had to face because of the color of his skin, and I seriously admire how he dealt with all the prejudice thrown his way. He was just so protective and strong and gentlemanly and just ❤ ❤ <3!!! SPOILER: I am pretty interested to learn more about his and Julian’s relationship in the next book because I think there is definitely a lot of important stuff going on there. SPOILER END. Finally, even though she’s not a main character, I just want to take a moment to say that I really want to see more of Sophia in the next book. I’m pretty sure that there is a lot more to her than meets the eye, so I think she has a lot more room for development!
The world-building was set up quite well, and I loved visiting all the different historical places! I also feel like I understand the time travel pretty well, which can sometimes be a challenge in time travel books. The beginning of the book, was a little bit slower, but by the second half, it definitely sped up a lot, so I would stick around! All in all, I quite enjoyed Passenger and am excited for Wayfarer to release! I’m pretty sure I’m going to be Alexandra Bracken when she comes to the Grove in January on tour, so I’m pretty excited for that!