Author: Alexandra Bracken
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Time Travel
Narrator: Saskia Maarleveld
As a reminder, I review sequels a little different from other reviews. I am going to hide the description from the main page so you will have to click “Continue Reading” due to potential spoilers from previous books in the description or my review.
Description (Source: GoodReads):
All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected—Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master’s heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta’s past could put them both at risk.
Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia are racing through time in order to locate Etta and the missing astrolabe with Ironwood travelers hot on their trail. They cross paths with a mercenary-for-hire, a cheeky girl named Li Min who quickly develops a flirtation with Sophia. But as the three of them attempt to evade their pursuers, Nicholas soon realizes that one of his companions may have ulterior motives.
As Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognizable… and might just run out on both of them.
This is the second and final book in the “Passenger” duology by Alexandra Bracken. I did not do a review of this book on my blog, but I did do a review on Goodreads (here).
What I liked:
– I adore Etta. She is a strong and complex heroine. She is intelligent and thinks about things before she acts.
– Nicholas is another great character. He is strong, honorable, and selfless. I love his and Etta’s relationship. I love that there were no clichéd “misunderstandings” between them that you see in so many YA novels.
– The development of secondary characters was interesting to read (Sophia, Rose, and Julian). I love when we get insight into why characters may behave the way they do and what shaped them to exhibit such selfish characteristics.
– HENRY freaking HEMLOCK. Etta’s dad (this isn’t a spoiler because we find out about him in Passenger). I can’t say much more about him because I don’t want to spoil any major plotlines.
– Action packed – Both parties (Etta and Nicholas) were on the move for almost the whole book so this book did not disappoint in that department.
– The ending – This book had one of the most satisfying endings to a series I’ve read. It wasn’t rushed and felt complete once it arrived. I was smiling ear-to-ear by the end.
– The narration was done well, Maarleveld is skilled at distinguishing between male and female voices and giving each character their own voice.
What I didn’t:
– I had just a couple unanswered questions about why Rose did what she did, but it didn’t affect my opinion about the book. I think it can be chalked up to “B—s be crazy” or something like that.
– The time travel rules get confusing sometimes. More than once I found myself a little lost.
Would I recommend this book to family and/or friends?
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