I’d like to start with a throwback to May, on the second day of BEA. I knew that Disney-Hyperion would be handing out Passenger ARCs, so I camped out with my BEA squad for hours before the doors opened, just so I could get an ARC. I wanted to read Passenger, badly. I had very high hopes. When the doors opened, I sprinted towards the booth, and got in line to get the ARC. Woohoo, I did it! But my celebration didn’t last for long- I found out that Alexandra Bracken was editing PASSENGER and she suggested not even reading the BEA ARCs because they wouldn’t have the same story. Ugh. But then, I found out that Disney was granting wishes on Netgalley, so I requested the eARC! Lucky me, my wish was granted! Woohoo take two!
Except…unfortunately…PASSENGER didn’t live up to my expectations. At all. The beginning of this book was very slow. After getting through 15%, if it had been any other book, I probably would have DNFed it. I didn’t really care about any of the characters, and I just felt like everything was being info-dumped.
About 25% in, I realized that there was a point of view switch. I wasn’t expecting it, and it took me a couple of pages to actually realize what had happened. This also threw me for a loop. I finally started to enjoy the story after I reached the halfway point. That was when the plot became apparent and the characters finally became three-dimensional. So, I guess it’s good that the end was the best part- but the end itself wasn’t anything spectacular either. It was just better than the beginning.
Overall I was disappointed in PASSENGER, and give it 2.5/5stars.