Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken (Passenger #2) // Review

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Title: Wayfarer
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Published: January 3, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy/SciFi
Length: 532 pages
Rating: ★★★★☆

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.


A huge thank  you to Hachette’s Children Group and NetGalley for providing me with a Kindle copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Wow. Wow.

While I really, really liked Passenger when I first read it last year, it was never a favorite of mine, or a super noteworthy book, if that makes any sense. What I liked so much about it was its fantastic characters, its intriguing premise (!!! time traveling!! warring families!!), and its thoughtfulness + insightfulness when it came to analyzing history – with all of its beauty and glory, ugliness and brutality, its love and poetry, its bigotry and hatefulness.

I ended up liking Wayfarer even more.

Passenger was a bit of a 3.5-4 star read for me, but Wayfarer was a definite and strong 4 star read. While I had some reservations in terms of pacing and plotting, there’s so much that I really loved about this book.


Packaging:

★★★½

Just as I loved the packaging and cover art/sleeve for Passenger, I absolutely adored Wayfarer’s packaging. I think it’s absolutely beautiful, and I really want to own a physical copy of this book! 

 Writing Style:

★★★½

Characters:

★★★

Plot: 

★★★

Overall:

★★★

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