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Review by Suze
Etta loves playing the violin and she's ready for an important performance in her career. Only the evening doesn't go as planned and she ends up in the eighteenth century on a ship. The captain of the ship, Nicholas, has the task to deliver Etta to the Ironwoods. They want her for a specific purpose, she has to retrieve an object that was stolen and hidden by her mother. Etta didn't even know she could travel through time and now she has to uncover many truths and she has to visit different places in various centuries. Nicholas is there to help her, but is he really just being a kind protector or does he have an ulterior motive?
Passenger is an amazing story about a smart and talented girl who also possesses the ability to travel to different times and places. I love books about this topic and the story intrigued me. Alexandra Bracken has combined history with a brilliant quest, an idea that I liked a lot. I admire her beautiful writing and detailed descriptions. It felt like I was there to witness it all. The settings are all fascinating and I had a lot of fun reading about the different eras and places.
Etta is smart and resilient. She's strong and can stand up for herself. She doesn't need someone who can speak for her and who can guide her through her mission. She welcomes Nicholas's help, but he doesn't have to think and act for her. I loved their equality and enjoyed reading about their adventures. They are from different centuries and therefore don't have the same values. Feelings always come first though, they are more important than following the time specific etiquette and they are universal. Alexandra Bracken uses them to enable easy communication between her characters, which is a fantastic aspect of her story.
Alexandra Bracken has written a wonderful book. Passenger is a story that you slowly have to savor. I enjoyed the well phrased sentences, the enchanting language and the perfect descriptions. I loved this story from beginning to end. If you're looking for a good story about time traveling with plenty of secrets and mysteries you should definitely get this novel. I think Passenger is a really great book and I highly recommend it.