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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Review, Young Adult2 Comments

Review: Passenger by Alexandra BrackenPassenger by Alexandra Bracken
Series: Passenger,
Published by Disney-Hyperion on 05 January 2016
Genres: Abduction, Action & Adventure, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Fantasy, Love & Romance, People & Places, Romance, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Suspense, Young Adult
Pages: 496
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Place(s) Traveled To: Bhutan (1910) // New York, New York (1776, 2015) // The Atlantic (1776) // London, England (1940) // Angkor, Cambodia (1685) // Paris, France (1880) // Damascus, Syria (1599) // Palmyra, Syria (1599)

First Line(s): As they ascended, retreating farther from the winding trails that marked the way to nearby villages, the world opened to him in its purest form: silent, ancient, mysterious.

You may have heard of PASSENGER by Alexandra Bracken as it gotten a lot of hype in and around the blogging community. I am always wary of hyped up reads but I loved Bracken’s BRIGHTLY WOVEN (my review) and while I still need to read DARKEST MINDS I was curious about this one. The basic plot of PASSENGER involves time travel and that is one of my favorites in books so I was eager to see Bracken’s taken on it along with how she wove in the history of the various time periods. Sadly, for me, PASSENGER didn’t live up to my expectations. I found it to be very slow and it took me forever to get through it. I found it likeable enough when I was reading it but it was really easy to put down. And once I put it down there was nothing driving me to pick it back up again.

With the exception of Nicolas and Etta all the characters were pretty one dimensional especially the big bad and I just found it really hard to care about Etta’s mission. The rules of the world also seemed to be pretty fluid even though they were supposed to be set though maybe that was just a result of my reading an ARC as opposed to the finished book. I often found myself rolling my eyes at the cliches in this book and there is this one moment when Nicolas and Etta are discussing the future and I wanted to throw my book across the room at what Etta revealed as important. That in her time she and Nicolas would be able to kiss as a way to show how far things had come from his time period when you’d think the fact that there is an African-American President might be a stronger indication of progress.

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The ending of PASSENGER is also a bit of a cliff hanger but by that point in the story I was rolling my eyes more that I was gasping in shock. I found much of the book to be slow and predictable and I was just happy for it to be over. I thought that events at the end were rushed in comparison to the rest of the book. I also found the story to be overly descriptive on matters that had no importance and then very cryptic on things that were. It was a very uneven story telling and while it was prettily written there was nothing about PASSENGER that wowed me as I longed to be wowed.

Even with all the pretty words that filled PASSENGER the world building wasn’t really there and I just didn’t really see the point of it all. PASSENGER isn’t a bad book but its just not a book that will stay with me nor is it a story that I will re-read. At this moment in time I’m unsure if I want to devote the time and energy it would take in order to read its conclusion, WAYFARER, when it comes out next year. If I do it will be something that I borrow from a friend as I don’t know if I’d be able to read it in time from the library. Although maybe WAYFARER will surprise me and be a faster read than PASSENGER was.

 

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2 Responses to “Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken”

  1. Alyssa Susanna (The Eater of Books!)

    I’m not into time-travel books but I LOVED Kerstin Gier’s Ruby Red trilogy. One of my favorite series ever!

    In terms of Passenger — I agree with some of your major points! This book is soooooo slow, and ugh the cliffhanger! I wasn’t a fan of it at all, but The Dreaded Cliffhanger shows up so often in a duology, or book two’s ending in a trilogy. I don’t like that at all! I can also see what you’re saying about this book not staying with you – I’ve already forgotten half the details (and I have an excellent memory, usually!). But I want to see how this series finishes out, so I will be anxiously awaiting Wayfarer!

    Lovely review, Gail. 🙂

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!
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  2. Brooke

    There is so much hype surrounding this book. I love Bracken’s writing and I think that’s one of the things that pulled me through to the end. The first half was definitely slow. I had issues with the characters not being fully developed. I didn’t really connect with them. And I hated the romance. It just didn’t feel true to me, or even like there was that build up to get to the romantic part. I also had issue with the flashbacks within flashbacks. It confused me and I found myself having to flip back a page or two and re-read to see where I was in time. The time travel was meh. I’ve read fantastic time travel books and this just isn’t one of them. I thought the booked picked up in the second half for sure. I ended up liking it enough and know that I will most likely move on with the series to see what happens. Great review!
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