Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (non-spoiler review)

Book: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Rating: 3 stars


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 love reading about time travel + books about the ocean and pirates are so fun!


This book was quite slow paced. It did drag in a lot of places and I feel like the book could’ve been a lot shorter, but I was in the mood and enjoyed it!


I loved the atmosphere of the book! It’s so magical and I loved all the switches between time periods.

Also, that was really interesting to read, because the book wasn’t restricted to just one time period + the whole concept of time travel just opens up so many new questions and possibilities.

This book also discusses racism and sexism really well.


The characters are so distinct and unique. Etta and Nicholas are both really headstrong and while Sophia is a really unlikable character I did still admire her.


I kind of liked them? They share some similarities but I do honestly feel like they don’t fit. They feel forced and the romance was definitely quite sudden as well.

A shorter, bullet point review can be found on my Goodreads here


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Have you read Passenger? What about Alexandra Bracken’s other books? Is it on your TBR? Are your opinions the same as mine? Or are they totally different?

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    1. I’ve read the sequel now! I’m just terribly behind on reviews but I do agree with that! A lot of book one was dedicated to world building as well and overall I just enjoyed the second more. I’ve read The Darkest Minds although I think it was only a three star read for me. It was ages ago though haha

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