Published by Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: January 5th 2016
passage, n.i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.ii. A journey by water; a voyage.iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.
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.
Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.
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
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.