I just don't really think this series was for me.
I don't want to tear it apart because I know a lot of people did like it, but it was sort of just okay for me. Honestly I didn't really like reading it. I got through it though and surprised myself, but I would NOT read it again.
First of all, Etta's reliance on finding Nicholas and vice versus just got to me. Like, they've only known each other for an extremely short time period. Any connections that they could've made on the month-long ship voyage in book one were pretty much skipped over so it feels like there wasn't any foundation for their romantic relationship to begin with.
Second, Etta goes from scared kid to suddenly attempting to be a BA with her knowledge. Like, I get finding strength in battle, but going from freaked out kid to overly-confident fighter who enjoys spouting one-liners was too weird for me.
The only thing I actually enjoyed about this book was Etta's dad, Henry. I thought he was a really good character and like how he interacted with his long-lost kid.
Anyways, I wouldn't say I particularly enjoyed it, but that's just my opinion.
I LOVED The Darkest Minds.
And found Passenger pretty decent.
This... is less so.
You've been warned.
After falling head-over-heels in love with Passenger, I was ready to love Wayfarer. Unfortunately, I can say I walked away disappointed.
Plot: The hardest thing about cracking Wayfarer open was trying to desperately remember what happened in Passenger. Bracken was a dream and created an amazing infographic to catch up readers, but that still wasn't enough for me. I had forgotten certain terminologies and key plot points which Bracken didn't really take the time to reintroduce. I think that was part of the reason why I didn't have the best reading experience. Wayfarer was full of action and some great insight to Etta's family. Where I thought Passenger focused on characters and developing Etta and Nicholas' relationship, Wayfarer delved into the history of the atrolabe and seemed to be nothing but 'go go go'. For all the building and tension of Wayfarer, the ended wasn't what I expected.
Characters: In Passenger, we saw that Etta had a rocky relationship with her mother, and Wayfarer does a fantastic job highlighting Rose Linden's past and the history of travelers. On the other hand, it seemed like Bracken couldn't find a proper balance for her characters. I fell in love with Passenger because of Etta and Nicholas' dynamic. Their relationship is missing entirely from Wayfarer, instead, we got chapters and chapters of astrolabe history and action. I'm all for characters being a part to find their independence and grow more, but it felt like the majority of their story was only in Passenger. Sophia plays a larger role in Wayfarer, and I loved all of the nuggets of her history that Bracken gave us. While there was some mention in regards to her sexuality and relationship with Li Min, I was expecting more.
Worldbuilding: Just like in Passenger, Wayfarer impressed me with its description of lush worlds and I looked forward to exploring new places. I found that our characters didn't travel as much in Wayfarer as in Passenger, but I found the locations to be interesting and served a purpose to moving the story along.
Short N Sweet: Wayfarer isn't as strong of a novel as Passenger, but it is still a good read for history buffs.
What can I say... this second book got me a whole lot more interested after the first one. Reading Passenger from a friend's recommendation, I didn't really see the whole big idea behind it, which led me to be only half-submerged in the story. But I am so glad it got a lot better, so for those out there: hold on if you aren't sure! The cover, personally, is a lot nicer. Or maybe it's just me. But that cliffhanger from the first book bled nicely into the introduction for the first one. At the start, I was a little disorientated by who everyone was again, but I caught on within a few chapters so it wasn't too bad. In fact, it was absolutely splendid! 5/5 Stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
If you like a little less romance and little more adventure - this sequel definitely delivers that. While I didn't think the romance was overwhelming in the first book - Bracken has the main love interests separated for just about the entire second novel. However, some new characters are introduced and Bracken sneaks in some LGBTQ relationships, but does not make them a large part of the story - she really moves away from the romance for the sequel and delves more into some of the secrets that were touched on in the first book. She also moves more away from looking at different places and times - while they are present in the different character's travels, she does not really delve into any of the happenings that I loved in the first book. Instead, Bracken focuses more on the story rather than taking the time to focus on history. I did miss that in this book, but I can understand why she made that decision - there was already a lot going on in the story! Overall, I liked this sequel, it was a good continuation of the story. While it didn't maintain some of the elements I loved in the first book, it did introduce some other elements that I enjoyed.
I'm now really sad that I just found out this is just a duology. There is no more for the Passenger series as of right now. =(
I was thrilled what I read and was sad to learn it was just a duology. Why? I want the fun to continue. Hopefully there would be a spin-off or some short stories. The book was different from the first book which had more romance built into the story but in Wayfarer it was more about the adventure and action. This is something I liked about this book. As much as I enjoyed the love story because the first book got too steamy for me and I wanted more fast paced action. In Wayfarer I got what i wanted. There was time travel to different time periods and there was fighting. I also enjoyed seeing my favorite characters including some new faces as well. Overall the book was fun and I can’t wait to read more from Bracken.
My primary reaction to this conclusion to the Passenger duology was wishing I'd read Passenger more recently. Bracken wastes no time jogging readers' memories about the events of the first book, so it took me a hot minute to recall who everyone was and what, exactly, they were doing. Once I got caught up, however, I was hooked -- this is fast-paced and exciting, and the fact that Etta and Nicholas are apart for much of the book gave the proceedings a sense of urgency that kept me turning the pages late into the night. I thought the conclusion was satisfying without being too neat, and while I have to admit that by the end, I was somewhat lost (and I STILL don't think the time travel concept in this series makes that much sense), I think that fans of the first book will likely be pleased with this.
A satisfying conclusion to the duology without wrapping it up in a too-tidy bow. A few things are left to the reader’s imagination, but in a good way—possibilities we’re left to wonder about rather than burning questions the author refused to answer. Just like with Passenger, Wayfarer made me want to travel the world, but traveling through time? Yeah, not so much. I have a feeling that history would be way too “exciting” for me. (And no Starbucks.) Wayfarer has more than satisfied my need for time travel. For now…
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