Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken (non-spoiler review) // Character Growth, Equality and More Time Travel

Book: Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

Rating: 3.5 stars


To avoid spoilers the link is here!


I wasn’t racing to read the sequel after finishing book one, but I liked it enough to be interested in the second and I quite liked book 2 more!


I liked this book more! A lot of book one was world building and what not and this time around I was much more invested in the story line and it’s characters.


I loved all the themes in this book. Book one touches on these, but this novel was definitely more focused on discussing and exploring said themes. The most notable I’d say is Etta and how she starts to question her mother. How sometimes what you think of people isn’t the same as how and who they actually are and this realisation on Etta’s part lead to some really great character growth.

There’s also the discussion of nature and time. How you shouldn’t change time. It’s something always discussed with time travel. The butterfly effect. I wouldn’t choose to change anything but I did love the characters’ motivations behind doing so.


Racism and sexism is talked about again. There’s a lot of discussion about sexism as well and that was why I really loved Sophia’s character in this book. She might not be the nicest and friendliest person, but at the end of the day she’s a woman trying to fight for her place in society.

That really contrasts with Etta’s character who, because she’s from present day is really privileged compared to Sophia. Granted men and women still aren’t seen equally, but we’ve moved a long way from then and it was interesting trying to see Etta realise this and understand Sophia a bit more. They form a sort of friendship and I loved this!

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


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Have you read Wayfarer? 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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6 thoughts on “Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken (non-spoiler review) // Character Growth, Equality and More Time Travel

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  1. Nice to hear that you enjoyed this book more than the first! Themes of sexism and racism are always very important to touch upon, and I love stories exploring consequences of the butterfly effect; it’s so fascinating. 😉 Great review!

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    1. Ah hahah no no. I read them quite a while ago and just had the review saved up. I wish though! Yeah! I was pleasantly surprised with this one.

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