Review | Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Title: Passenger

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Publishing Date: January 5th 2016

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Length: 486 pages, hardcover

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.

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 not going to lie, this was not my favorite book. I found it boring and uninteresting. The romance didn’t seem spicy enough for me. There was no passion between Etta and Nicholas. I know a lot of people liked the book. However, it just wasn’t that interesting for me.

I did love the idea of traveling through time.

Even though I didn’t really like the book, I still want to read Wayfarer because Passengers intrigued me. I heard that Wayfarer was even better than Passenger and I’m really hoping that’s true so that I won’t get a lasting imprint of my unenjoyment for the first book.


Character talk

Alice was one of the reasons that I kept reading this book. I loved her sweet and caring nature. When I thought she died at the beginning of the book, I was really sad. She had supported Etta throughout.

I liked Etta’s character. She was a bit of a drama queen, especially at the start of the book. But after reading the scene with the dinner and the rude man, I started to like Etta. She was strong and smart. The thing I liked most about her was her passion and her drive. She never stopped to rest and always believed in herself. There was never a moment of doubt that really stopped her from believing.

I have mixed feelings about Rose. She was annoying yet so cool at the same time. At the beginning, I disliked her for her detachment to her daughter. She seemed so cold. At the ending, after Etta disappeared, Rose and Nicholas talked to each other. This was when I started to understand Rose’s motives.

I hated Sophia. She just butted in at the worst moments. I can understand that she was mad because of Julian, but she was taking everything way too far. Her need to impress and overtake Cyrus just made me mad. Cyrus loved someone just like she loved Julian. Yet Cyrus wasn’t planning to kill his opponents or family members for the sake of power since he realized how important loved ones were to him. I am not sympathizing with Cyrus, but we have to understand all the perspectives to understand their motives.

Don’t let this review stop you from reading it because there are tons of people that loved this book.


2 thoughts on “Review | Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

  1. I have to agree with you. I didn’t really like Passenger. I don’t think I’ll read the next book. However, it’s a very good concept and I will doubtless read other books by Alex Bracken.


  2. Yes. Sophia was just annoying and literally ruined every Nicholas and Etta moment. Sometimes I wish she died in the desert.


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