‘Passenger’ by Alexandra Bracken

20983362.jpgI received the book ‘Passenger’ by Alexandra Bracken as a review copy from Hachette and I woyld like to thank Poorti from Hachette India for the same. The book is a young-adult fantasy.


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.

Captain Nicholas Carter is tasked with delivering Etta to the dangerous Ironwood family. They are searching for something – a stolen object they believe only she can reclaim. But Nicholas is drawn to his mysterious passenger, and the closer he gets to her, the further he is from freedom.

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.

The story:

Henrietta Spencer, Etta, a 17 year old violinist lives with her mother, Rose in New York. She is dedicated. Her mentor, Alice, who is like her grandmother, helps them. On the night of her musical debut, she hears something, flees the stage and runs into Sophia Ironwood, who has also heard it. But no one else has.

And then, she is sailing on the Atlantic Ocean in a ship and the year is 1776, that is many, many years ago. Nicholas Carter, the captain of the ship, has to do his last deed as a slave to the Ironwoods. The deed is to deliver a special passenger to the head of the family. And Etta is that passenger.

What do they want Etta to do????

My take:

This is the first young adult fantasy that I have read in the last one year or so which I was glued to. It took me some time to get a hang of the book but once the initial teething period was over, I started to devour it. The author has put in a lot of research into the book. The descriptions are detailed and in tune with the setting and the time period described. The author has maintained the time setting in such a way that there is no cross over confusion. There are pirates too.

The language used is easily understandable and the plot is good. The characters have been beautifully developed and the story has been written from both their points of view.

There is only one thing I felt that editing could have helped reduce 75 to 100 pages.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.



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