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Passenger Book Review

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Book: Passenger
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Genre: YA Fantasy / Sci – Fi / Historical Fiction
 Rating: ★★★★★

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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.

This book follows Etta, a 17 year old girl who loves to play her violin. She lives in Manhattan with her mother. One day, something happens and she is taken from her time and place. She wakes up in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean in a different time. This is when she discovers she’s a time traveler. She meets Nicholas Carter, a black sailor, who wants to be free of his servitude to the Ironwoods. Etta has to find an astrolabe that according to Cyrus, her mother stole a long time ago. Nicholas goes with her to find the ancient thing. They find a few problems along the way… and of course, a tragic ending.

“I want you to remember that – it’s our choices that mater in the end. Not wishes, not words, not promises.”

I love Etta and Nicholas as protagonists. Etta is this strong girl who wants to fight everything in order to save and protect the ones she loves. One thing I loved was that she wasn’t reckless…she always thought before doing anything. She lived a life full of secrets until she was taken away and Sophia explained her the truth. Meanwhile, Nicholas was reckless sometimes. He wanted to protect Etta so much that he would do anything in order to achieve that. They liked each other since the very first time they met. It was cute, the way their love grew throughout the story. It was good for Etta having Nicholas always by her side.

“She cared so deeply for him that he seemed to live like a second heart inside of her. She wanted him, and he wanted her. To hell with forever. This moment was theirs, and she’d steal it if she had to.”

I really liked that Alexandra wrote a black male main character. I’ve only read books with black male secondary characters. We need more black characters in books, or other races… not the usual americans, spaniards, or english. We need more diverse books!!!!

Passenger is a piece of art. Alexandra was able to describe everything in a beautiful and elegant way. I had high expectations and I wasn’t disappointed, so I’m happy with that. This book has so much historical details and I really liked that because history is something all of us should know. Alexandra talked about the stuff that has been happening in Syria a while now, and I was surprised because that’s something really serious and sad and some people don’t know about it. When Etta and Nicholas traveled to Angkor, I was curious about that place so I search for some pictures and oh my god, that place is beautiful. I would love to go sometime to see such beautiful place. Also, I enjoyed Etta and Alice’s relationship. It was so pure, and real the love they had for each other.

I was intrigued all the time and I wanted to know more, more and more. Traveling across centuries, continents and different cultures was entertaining, and as I said before, the historical details were phenomenal. The world building, the character development and the action was on point. Alexandra Bracken did an amazing job writing this story. Her writing is really easy to read and she gives all the answers for all the questions you may have. This book is really different than The Darkest Minds. I didn’t enjoyed that book so I haven’t read the second book and neither the third. The writing is different, they way she gives details is different… everything is different. I’m glad I decided to read this book, because it was everything I thought it would be.

It has a tragic ending but it leave us with hope, because something better is coming. BUT IS TRAGIC AND YOUR HEART WILL BREAK, AND YOU WILL CRY… A LOT. CLIFFHANGER ALERT. I’m so ready for the next installment, and I want it now. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Definitely one of my best reads of 2016.

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