• Page Count: 532
  • Release Date: January 3, 2017
  • My Rating: 3.5 stars

Book Description:

Wayfarer (Passenger, #2) 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.

My Thoughts:

I like how everything wrapped up, but kind of wanted… more. And again, if you’re more into the faster pacing of YA books this might be a bit too slow. It did drag in parts for me even though this story had a ton to cover.

These books do such a great job of handling issues with race, gender, and sexuality throughout time (and just oppression in general. Like the book is dedicated “for all those history has forgotten”). And the diversity in this book is awesome!

Etta and Nicholas were separated for waaaaaay too long in this story, though. I spent most of the story waiting for them to finally see each other again, which made me a bit less interested in whatever was happening at that time. I wasn’t as emotionally invested as I wanted to be then and wish I had known their romance wasn’t going to be a main focus. And I really wanted to see more between Sophia and Li Min.

Alexandra Bracken’s writing is so strong and easy to read, though! I think she’s an incredibly talented writer and am impressed with the sheer scope of this story. Just the alternate histories and technicalities of time traveling alone were super complicated.

So this is just an odd duology for me because I was never particularly invested in the story, yet I REALLY like these characters, the overall idea, and the writing! I think it’s a solid 7/10 star read — I’d recommend it if you like slower, more detailed historical fiction.


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