Passenger Rating – 3.5 out of 5
Henrietta “Etta” Spencer is a concert-level violinist who’s mother’s past has always been a little mysterious. At one of her biggest performances yet things go awry and Etta is thrust into a new adventure as she seeks an family heirloom and discovers her time traveling powers.
“I knew your great-grandad had bequeathed it to me so I could make a choice about my future. I’ve never regretted selling that old thing, because it brought me here. I want you to remember that – it’s our choices that matter in the end. Not wishes, not words, not promises.”
Why I liked it
Passengers by Alexandra Bracken is an adventure from start to finish complete with romance and intrigue on both the high seas and elsewhere in space and time. The action of the book centers around a quest for an item to save Etta’s mother from danger. As this story unfolds the complexity around the ideas of time travel are well maintained but are not ground breaking nor do they cover new territory. I think writing is good in the scenes where dialogue or personal conviction and confliction occur but found myself losing track of what was happening during the action sequences. The book ends on a bit of a cliff hanger, so I am anxious to see where this leads in the sequel, Wayfarer will lead. I am intrigued by the story itself and hope that we will see good things from Bracken in the future.
Book Club Question
How would you feel about living in different eras like most of the travelers do?
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