Passengers by Alexandra Bracken


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.

Title: Passenger

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Published: January 5th 2016 by Disney-Hyperion

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Romance, Adventure/Mystery

Stars: 2         Content Rating: 3


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.


I’m almost at a loss of words to describe this book. I will always be honest on here and give you my true opinion, I’m just not sure how I FEEL about this book! Some friends and I  have had this book picked out since before the Holidays and I did not make time for it. I had started it a few times but another book always caught my attention. Since I had to have it read by this weekend I started it yesterday. YESTERDAY. I read all day.. and stayed up till 1am. THE STORY IS AWESOME. It left me with a terrible cliff hanger and so today I will be reading the sequel: Wayfarer.

If it was so good and I read it in a day then why did I only give it 3.5 stars? Why am I not sure how I feel about this book?


Okay, I only gave it 3.5 stars because even though the story was amazing, it took me several attempts to get into it. It didn’t suck me in right away. I started reading at 9 am and found myself getting distracted and thinking about other things, or rereading the same page multiple times because I couldn’t figure out what was going on. It took me better part of the day just making myself read. If it wasn’t a book club book that I was determined to read it probably would have just sat on my shelf forever.  Which would have been really sad because it ended up being a super fun read.

I’m not sure how I feel because I’m just not absolutely in love with the characters. Don’t get me wrong, they are good. I love Etta and Nicholas’ connection. Their adventure through time and cities is so fun to read about, but they are no Rhys and Feyre. Nor are they Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett. They aren’t that couple that you are just rooting for and then you go buy all the bookish candles with their names on them. (.. or am I the only one that does that?) I’m hoping in the next book we get to see more in depth to their characters, and that I’ll change my mind. . and go buy the candles. There is definitely potential.


This book is an adventure/mystery and it totally lives up to that genre.  There is that little bit of romance and a strong determination to save those you love. As you are trying to figure out Etta’s past so that she can save her future it all gets flipped upside down and I couldn’t put the book away. I just HAD to know what happened. Now that I finished the first book I can’t wait to jump back into the story, because the story is far from over.

Happy reading!





  1. I had no idea this was about time travelers!! And your review is informative 😁 it doesn’t sound like a must read but it dooeess sound like a book I shouldn’t skip out on. ❤


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