Passenger

Passenger

Passenger
Alexandra Bracken

Quercus Children's Books

ISBN 9781786540003

'Riveting. Romantic characters and an immense world with no end in sight' - Victoria Aveyard New York City, present day In one night, Etta Spencer is wrenched from everything she knows and loves. Thrown into an unfamiliar world, she can be certain of only one thing: she has travelled not just miles, but years from home. The Atlantic, 1776 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. The Edges of the World Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by a desperate thief. But as Etta plays deeper into the Ironwoods' game, treacherous forces threaten to separate her not only from Nicholas, but from her path home - for ever.

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Passenger

Alexandra Bracken

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Passenger features a quest across the globe and through time to recover the last astrolabe which will enable the finder to navigate the passages through time and help them secure the past and future they choose. This would give such power to whoever wields it that many different factions are ruthless in their pursuit of it and will stop at nothing to get their hands on it first. Etta knows nothing of the time-travelling family she comes from and so is shocked and amazed to be kidnapped through time and whisked from present day New York into a sea battle aboard a sailing ship of 1776. Slowly she comes to trust and love Nicholas, the ex-slave turned pirate who captures her ship and then saves her from drowning. Etta is blackmailed by the Ironwood family into solving a series of clues left by her mother which will lead to the astrolabe, each clue leading to a different place and time. She is accompanied on this journey by Nicholas, who has his own reasons for wanting to control the astrolabe. Knowing who to trust and what the consequences of actions will be over the course of time are just two of the hazards thrown into Etta's path. I particularly enjoyed how the issues of one era were dealt with by people from another - for example a 21st century girl having to conform to the repression of women in the 18th century. I am looking forward to the sequel, Wayfarer, to see how the characters are developed and the various stands play out. This is a swashbuckling blockbuster; a high paced action adventure peppered with time travel, romance, family intrigue and many lucky escapes. It was a real page-turner which should do well in the YA/adult crossover market. 496 pages / Ages 12+ / Reviewed by Melanie Chadwick

Reviewed by: Melanie Chadwick