Every once in a while, you are fortunate enough to come across a book – or a book series – that is so captivating, you do not want it to end. Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger series has done this to me.
Wayfarer, just like its predecessor, is jammed packed full of action, excitement, romance, and has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very end. It picks up where Passenger left off (and is one of those sequels that if you have not read the first book, you will be completely and hopelessly lost). Nicholas and Etta have been split up and both are trying to reach the other through the bonds of time and space. I knew how I wanted the book to end, but the more I read, the more my heart clenched wondering if it was even going to be possible. Somehow, in the end, working her brilliant magic, Bracken is able to bring the story, and series, to a close in the most satisfying way.
It seems as if the public has been overcome with love for a new “it” story. The time travel story. I, for one, am a fan of the time travel popularity. One thing about so many time travel stories coming out is that everyone has their own way of explaining how time travel works. Explanations can tend to get scientificy and confusing. There were a few times in Wayfarer I had to re-read paragraphs to wrap my brain around what was happening (or was going to happen if they were not able to stop the Grand Master’s plans), but it did not distract from the story. I enjoyed meeting new, unexpected characters —especially those who were thought to be dead in Passenger).
In the past, sequels seemed to fall flat. The second book is more of a bridge to the next book, or wraps up the messes from book one, but never really feels like a story of its own. Wayfarer did not have that problem. Wayfarer is a solid book two. It will keep you reading late into the night, guessing until the end, and crying that your time travel journey must end.
Christen is a ravenous reader, wanna be author, Litfuse Nester, and slightly addicted to coffee. Lives in Arkansas with her husband and three mini people. Connect with her at her blog: http://ChristenKrumm.com or Twitter @ChristenKrumm.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Disney Hyperion. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.