Saturday, May 13, 2017

Crown Review #45 - Passenger

Passenger - Alexandra Bracken

Rating: 1.5/5 Stars
Series: Passenger, #1
Length: 486 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

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 am not even sure where to begin with this book. I am not even sure why I ever thought of starting this book. I picked this book up one day when it was on sale on Amazon when I wasn't even sure if I wanted this book. I looked at it and remembered that I wasn't really interested, but then I was to a point. I have debated on this book for a while before ultimately decided to purchase the book, just for $2. If I didn't like it, it was not going to be much of a loss. 

What I did lose was my patience. Never have I ever lost my patience on a book before. I have started this book being confused and when I got up to the 30% point, I put a giant DNF label on it. So many things were going on and I couldn't even understand what was going on. I tried to find explanations and pieces of information but they were nowhere to be found. At that point, I just gave up because I didn't want to be completely lost the entire time. 

However, the next day, I picked up the book again and decided to skimmed through it to see if there was actually something. Overall, not really. There were a couple of points that I have seen that peaked interest, but not enough to fully read the book. I completed the book and have decided that I was not going to go further in the series.

When I finished the book, I looked at the cover and then I noticed that the author also wrote The Darkest Minds. I only thought that explained so much. I was much more interested in The Darkest Minds than I was into Passenger, but both dealt with the same issues. Many things happened, but it lacked severely. No explanations was given and many things happened that left you wondering what exactly happened. Although I must say, The Darkest Minds was much more understandable than Passenger

It also made me think of other books that fell in the same category with similar problems and I had to ask myself "Do I really want to continue the series?" I was surprised that my thoughts answered immediately with a flat "No." I didn't even think about, I just knew it and I knew how true my response was. Never did I thought that a book could end so many more books along with it.

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