Passenger by Alexandra Bracken Book Review

‘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.’

✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ / ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩  4 out of 5 stars.

I read this book a very long time ago and I practically zoomed through it. I don’t think I put this book down for more than five minutes at a time because I was so into the story – and it’s been a long time since I was this excited about a book. If you didn’t know this about me then I’ll tell you now: I love a good adventure novel. I really enjoy my characters having a goal, a baddie to beat down and obstacles to overcome and reading the synopsis of Passenger and I felt like I was onto a winner so I was pretty much jumping on the spot to request a preview copy for my Kindle.

This book primarily follows the perspectives of two main characters, Etta and Nick, as they journey through time to stop the head of an ancient family from taking control of the world as we know it, in the past, future and present.

Yup, this book follows a lot of different timelines and it can be difficult to follow the thread of where the characters are so that you can visualise the settings in your mind’s eye when reading. I know I love action and adventure but this one was really full-on from start to finish and I am not exaggerating. I really did loose my way with this book which was a real shame because sometimes I felt like I was watching a carousel of different time periods fly by for a whistle-stop tour of world history.

Aside from the time-traveller aspect of this book I’d really like to mention something quite particular about the characters in this story that really jumped out at me near the end and quite surprised me. There is a consistent theme of strong female characters born within this story. Generally, within history a woman’s worth has been very small as a male would always hold the family name and have his wealth and stature passed down to him just because of his gender and this book addresses this quite well by casting a pretty awesome baddie (who’s name I won’t mention to save on spoilers) whom I love to hate.

You’ve got to read this book from start to finish to get a grasp of what I’m going on about here because I believe that you should connect the dots yourself and it’s part of the beauty of this story which is why I have rated it so highly. I actually did properly enjoy this novel and cannot stop recommending it enough to friends. Passenger is totally worth the hype!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.