Passenger: Review

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Title: Passenger

Published by : Hachette Children’s Group

Publication date: March 31st 2015

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Source: Received copy from Hachette Children’s Group through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

 

 

Did I enjoy reading this book? YES! Did I think it what somewhat over-hyped? YES….

Let me just get on with this review because I have a LOT to say! If you enjoy reading time travel but you do not really want a theory or premise that is overly complicated ora book that incorporates a lot of info-dumps I definitely think you should read this. IF you enjoy world building and aren’t annoyed when an author goes into extensive descriptions about seemingly unimportant things EVEN though it makes for great world building, this is something for you… For me personally I found that world building and relationships took centre stage in this novel and they were the two aspects I loved.

This is a book that has a beautiful blend between cultural diversity and intense world building that I really enjoyed. It’s sad that a book with an African American as a love interest and a co-protagonist (yes I will refer to him as such throughout this review) is so rare that when it is present it makes you respect the author. But that is truth, out of all the YA books I’ve read in the last couple of months or maybe year I have RARELY come across a diverse set of characters.

What I also loved about Alexandra Bracken is that she found a way to incorporate a hundred different cultures yet not offending one. In a world where literally anything will offend someone somewhere it was great to read to the end of the book and think well done Ms Bracken… As a Muslim I was slightly hesitant when I read they had to transport to Syria, I thought oh God no, something somewhere is not going to sit well with me, BUT I DIDN’T! First of all I liked the fact that for once Muslims are portrayed as compassionate people, even if their beliefs may seem bizarre to an observer she portrayed them as HUMAN BEINGS. I find that a lot of times (sadly) when Muslims are in a book/film it’s because they’re terrorists, are somehow linked to a terrorist plot or you’ll just find them frantically yelling in Arabic and being judgemental. When we come across Hassan I’m so relieved that this is not one of those moments again….

World building: Honestly this has to be the best world building I’ve read in a while. When I’m reading I find that the smallest of details help form the scene for me and this did just that! You’ll read a paragraph describing a violin and it’d just help you understand the character and the intensity of the atmosphere more! I also liked how she managed to space out the travel to different regions so that it weren’t overwhelming at all. Each region was captured in the pages allocated to it!

Characters: I loved our main characters, I loved that we had an interracial relationship and the development we see in their relationship. One thing I will say is that I found it somewhat lacked chemistry, it always seemed to be about lust and how his muscles popped and her hair sparkled but I don’t think we got to discover the depth of their feelings as much as I would’ve liked.

Plot: THE CLIFF HANGERRRRRRRRR. Do I really have to wait until July 2017????? There weren’t any mind blowing plot twists but I did like the action being evenly spaced out throughout the book. The build-up to the plot at times slowed down and there may have been a bit too much concentration on the world building causing the development of the story line to suffer at times.

I didn’t think Passenger needed to be 486 pages long, there were some cuts that I think should’ve been done in order to maintain the engagement of the reader. Admittedly I lost interest a few times because the world building got a bit much but I still enjoyed reading this novel. For me the time-travel could’ve been a bit more developed, I was really interested to see how Alexandra Bracken would go about this concept that has failed so often in the books I’ve read. I hope that maybe in Wayfarer we delve into this concept a little deeper!

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29 thoughts on “Passenger: Review

  1. Hey Ashers! says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, and hope you and your family make it through these next weeks (and months, and years) as well as you possibly can. Definitely don’t worry about posting regularly; we’ll understand if you don’t come back for a while.

    “First of all I liked the fact that for once Muslims are portrayed as compassionate people, even if their beliefs may seem bizarre to an observer she portrayed them as HUMAN BEINGS.”

    Oh my goodness, yes. Can we have (a lot) more of this, please? High five to Bracken for getting this right.

    “It’s sad that a book with an African American as a love interest and a co-protagonist (yes I will refer to him as such throughout this review) is so rare that when it is present it makes you respect the author.”

    Exactly this. I didn’t love the book, but I loved Nicholas and the very fact that he was black. This is something else we need to see more of, and earns Bracken another high five.

    Great review! =)

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    • abooknation says:

      Thank you 😊, I’m so glad you agree! You’re absolutely right, and the way she went about incorporating diversity in her novel made me pay more attention to the world building. Hopefully Wayfarer will focus a bit more on time travel!

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  2. Samantha Reed says:

    I’m so glad you liked it 🙂 I’ve been kind of worried about buying this because I’ve seen so many mixed reviews, and a lot of them lean towards the negative side. I think I’m going to pick it up from the library when I get the chance ❤

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  3. Nina // By Page or By Plane says:

    “One thing I will say is that I found it somewhat lacked chemistry, it always seemed to be about lust and how his muscles popped and her hair sparkled but I don’t think we got to discover the depth of their feelings as much as I would’ve liked.” I honestly laughed, haha. Thank you for this! Passenger has been sitting in my bookshelf for a couple of months now but I never seem to get around to reading it; I’ll have to find time soon to read this.

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    • abooknation says:

      😅😅 Although there were some things I thought it could do with out I think they were outweighed by the world building. I must’ve said the word world building 100 times in the review but it was so good! Let me know what you think😊

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  4. The Literary Lioness says:

    I have been dying to pick this up but I just keep getting other books 😦 I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews as well but I love world-building stories so I really think I would like this. I need to get a few books off my TBR pile though before I can add anymore.

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  5. tildareads says:

    I’m sorry for your loss, hope you and your family will be okay.

    I am so hesitant whether to buy this book or not. I don’t think I’ll like it, and most people say it’s overhyped, but that cover is GORGEOUS!

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    • abooknation says:

      Thank you :), the cover is really pretty but it depends on what you like to read? I think the best thing about this book is the world building, there’s some action but it takes a little while to get into that

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  6. YAPS! says:

    I’m sorry for your loss, hope you and your family will be okay.

    This is defiantly on my to read list, even if it over hyped I still think I’ll enjoy it! Great review!

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  7. MyBookJacket says:

    Oh you’re so right. Right now anyone someone says will offend someone and it’s so annoying that I’m avoiding talking to people for a while. I need a break! I’m glad you like this. As an Indian I hate it when Indians are portrayed as high pitched, accented, curry eating taxi drivers or engineers and when I find a book that does it right it makes me so happy. I’m hoping to get my hands on this soon. Loved your review.

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  8. MyBookJacket says:

    As an Indian I hate it when people are portrayed as a curry eating, high pitched heavy accented taxi driver/engineer so when I find a book that portrays them as normal folk it makes me so happy. (I’m yet to find one btw). Completely understand what you mean about the diversity here. I’m glad she’s done a good job. Hopefully j can get my hands on this soon and read it. (I commented before but it seems to have vanished. If it’s gone through please ignore the double comment)

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  9. galifreyidiot says:

    Love your review! I’ve really only heard some mediocre reviews on BookTube about this book.. I personally loved this book and cannot wait for the next book. I really enjoyed the time travel aspect of this book. 🙂

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