Wayfarer

Wayfarer

All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather se...

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Title:Wayfarer
Author:Alexandra Bracken
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ISBN:1484715764
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:532 pages

Wayfarer Reviews

  • alexandra
    Apr 01, 2015

    3.5/5 ✩ full review to come!

    i love love love this ending but found the first half of the book confusing. but still, SO GOOD!

  • Summer (buttermybooks)
    Dec 19, 2016

    Oh man. Have you ever read a book that is just *so* good that it knocks you on your ass and you cant read anything else for at least a week? YEP. That is exactly what WAYFARER did to me.

    I grabbed an early copy of WAYFARER at YallFest in November and all but drove straight home to read it. I had already reread PASSENGER the previous month in preparation for this release so the need to find out what had become of Etta was TOO REAL. And Alex didnt disappoint! The beginning of WAYFARER drops you rig

    Oh man. Have you ever read a book that is just *so* good that it knocks you on your ass and you cant read anything else for at least a week? YEP. That is exactly what WAYFARER did to me.

    I grabbed an early copy of WAYFARER at YallFest in November and all but drove straight home to read it. I had already reread PASSENGER the previous month in preparation for this release so the need to find out what had become of Etta was TOO REAL. And Alex didnt disappoint! The beginning of WAYFARER drops you right into the action and sends you on a mad dash through centuries of alternate timelines and feuding families that will tangle up your heart strings until its knock down drag out conclusion!

    To say that this is one of the best books of the year would be an understatement. I know some of you will assume that I am only saying this because I am a fan of all of Brackens work, but let me list the reasons why you should believe me:

    DIVERSITY!!!! PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE!!!!

    LGBT COUPLES!!!!

    UNPROBLEMATIC LOVE INTERESTS (sweet cinnamon roll, Nick)

    STRONG FEMALE CHARACTERS!!!!

    CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT!!! (seriously never thought I’d love Sophia)

    ALTERNATE HISTORY!!!!

    HOT DADS!!!!! (okay, I am only assuming Henry is hot but, like, really)

    BANTER!!! (Seriously, I love Julian and his mouth)

    MORE FOCUS ON FRIENDSHIPS, NOT ROMANCES!!!!!!! (even though yall know i LIVE for the romance, this was refreshing!)

    PRAGUE!!!!!!!

    Alright, if that hasn’t convinced you, I will also create a 17 page word document Double Spaced 14pt Font MLA format JUST so you will read this book!!!!!!!

  • Beth Hudspeth
    Jan 12, 2016

    Y'all, look at this beautiful cover!!!

    Why did I read Passenger so soon?! I know better than that!

    NOW, I need to know what happens! Spongebob says please hurry up!

  • Alyssa
    Feb 12, 2016

    4.5 stars.

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    Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

    Book Two of the Passenger series

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    Publication Date: January 3, 2017

    Rating: 4 stars

    Source: Review copy sent by the publisher

    Summary (from Goodreads):

    All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one pe

    4.5 stars.

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    Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

    Book Two of the Passenger series

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    Publication Date: January 3, 2017

    Rating: 4 stars

    Source: Review copy sent by the publisher

    Summary (from Goodreads):

    All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected—Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master’s heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta’s past could put them both at risk.

    Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia are racing through time in order to locate Etta and the missing astrolabe with Ironwood travelers hot on their trail. They cross paths with a mercenary-for-hire, a cheeky girl named Li Min who quickly develops a flirtation with Sophia. But as the three of them attempt to evade their pursuers, Nicholas soon realizes that one of his companions may have ulterior motives.

    As Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognizable… and might just run out on both of them.

    What I Liked:

    SPOILER-FREE REVIEW. (Unless you haven't read Passenger.)

    One-line summary: This book is every bit as fascinating, captivating, and thrilling as its predecessor, and a page-turning, satisfying conclusion to the series.

    I was extremely excited when I received this book early for review, but also wary. It's a long book (500+ pages), and the story is at an intense point (from the end of Passenger). I was nervous to read Wayfarer, because there are so many ways that this book could end, and most of them are bittersweet (or just plain cruel). I'm so happy to say that Wayfarer was incredibly engrossing and it ended rather perfectly - Bracken found a way.

    This book picks up a little after the end of Passenger. Nicholas and Etta have been separated in time and space. Etta wakes up as a captive of the Thorns, and she meets someone she never thought she'd know. She, Julian Ironwood, and the Thorns set out to secure the astrolabe from Cyrus Ironwood. Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia seek help from Rose Linden, only to be turned around several times. Looking for information, the pair accumulate a number of favors they must return. They meet Li Min, a mysterious and secretive traveler who helps them more than once. But Nicholas has one goal, and that is to find Etta. Sophia wants to find the astrolabe. And Li Min knows more than she is letting on.

    I'm still reeling a little, so bear with me as I go about this review. I've just finished the book and I'm in a pleasant state of shock, partial numbness, and total satisfaction. This book... I don't remember my exact expectations, before starting it. Hoping that Nicholas and Etta would survive and be together? In any case, I'm so pleased by what was written, and its delivery.

    One thing I do recommend is a reread of Passenger, or checking out some sort of spoiler-filled review or post. Bracken has a spoiler-y graphic available on her website. I wish I had reread Passenger, because besides the ending, I didn't remember a ton of specifics. The good thing was, as I continued to read Wayfarer, I realized that I didn't need to remember too many specifics, because more and more came back to me. At first though, not the case.

    One of the best parts of this book was the character development and introduction/development of new and smaller characters that had no or little role in Passenger. For example, I thought Sophia played a bigger role in this book - an enormous role. She is the most important "secondary" character (arguably a primary character? She doesn't have a narrative in the books though). I understood and liked Sophia so much more, in this book. She seems ruthless and blunt and sometimes harsh, but she is so determined and driven. She is someone you want on your side, because she is a dirty fighter.

    Julian Ironwood, Nicholas's half-brother, is another secondary character who quickly becomes very important in Wayfarer. He betrayed his grandfather and sought refuge with the Thorns, which is how he and Etta meet. When she wakes up, she tries to escape, and she runs into Julian. Julian is a coward and a runner, but we get to understand him better in this book. He is an idiot and a poor brother, but he learns this and matures a lot, over the course of this book.

    I enjoyed the presence of Li Min and Henry Hemlock. I won't say much on either of them, but both are vastly important in this book, and play critical roles in pivotal points in the story. I didn't love or hate Li Min, but I adored Henry Hemlock. His interactions with Etta were wonderful.

    Etta shows her fight and her tenacity in this book! She keeps moving, with grief, guilt, even pain weighing her down. She knows that Nicholas is out there, and she knows that the astrolabe must be found and taken out of the Ironwoods' grasp. Her goals are lofty but she never quits.

    The same can be said about Nicholas. He wants to find Etta and never stops hunting for information and leads. He and Sophia travel to so many different places and times, and make various (terrible) deals for information, to find Etta. Finding the astrolabe is important but to Nicholas, finding Etta is everything. Nicholas has such a pure and good heart, such upstanding morals. He's a good guy who considers everything, weighs everything, and questions everything. I liked seeing how his mind worked, and I liked seeing him push through pain and doubt.

    Etta and Nicholas are separated from much of the book, so I can't really say much about physical romance, but their relationship is strong through space and time. It's amazing how they never cease thinking about each other, hoping that the other is alright, and fighting for each other. They do interact at points toward the end of the book, I will say that.

    I died emotionally no fewer than seventeen times while reading this book. There were times when I actually teared up (my Goodreads statuses are proof). There were some painful parts in this book! Bracken took me on an emotional roller coaster. But for the better!

    I love the varying settings that Bracken takes us through! Between Etta and Nicholas, we are introduced to so many different times and places. The most interesting, in this book, was probably Carthage, 148 B.C. How intriguing!

    By the climax of the book, you'll be wondering how on earth Bracken can end this book with something happy or positive. There seems to be no way, with certain revelations about the astrolabe, and a darker force that is at play, and certain deals with devils that are very unfair. But Bracken made the ending worth all of the anguish and agony! I promise.

    What I Did Not Like:

    I don't really have much to say here, other than I do wish there had been more Nicholas/Etta interaction! I don't want to spoil anything, but the romantic in me would have loved more interactions. Of any kind.

    Not really a dislike, but I do recommend a Passenger reread, if that one isn't fresh. For example, I read Passenger over a year ago. A reread might have helped, at least initially. After a certain point in Wayfarer though, some things started to come back.

    Would I Recommend It:

    I highly recommend this book, and series! Time-traveling novels can be tricky, and very messy. I haven't read a ton of them, but one of my favorite series of all time happens to be a time-travel series - the Ruby Red trilogy by Kerstin Gier. I can safely add this Passenger duology to those ranks. This is a wonderful, fascinating, and imaginative series! With a very satisfying ending.

    Rating:

    4.5 stars. I'm still trying to decide if to round up or down. But rest assured, I loved this book, all 532 pages of it. It is worth the full spectrum of emotions that I experienced! I look forward to reading more from Bracken in the future.

    WHY DID I NOT HAVE THIS ADDED TO MY TBR SHELF AHHHHHHH.

    My only issue with reviewing/reading ARCs is that you read a book in November, it publishes in January, and you'll be stuck waiting until the next January to read its sequel. -_-

    Come oooooon, January 2017!!!!!!

  • Dannii Elle
    Feb 06, 2017

    My full review is available on

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    Be still, my beating heart!

    This contains the tangled stories and twisted histories of the youngest generation of the existing time travelling families. Diverse and disparate as these characters are, they all have a common cause: to relocate the missing astrolabe. This artefact will allow the owner dominion over history's course and, if passed into the wrong hands, could see Earth transgressed from its existing and correct timeline.

    The characters each

    My full review is available on

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    Be still, my beating heart!

    This contains the tangled stories and twisted histories of the youngest generation of the existing time travelling families. Diverse and disparate as these characters are, they all have a common cause: to relocate the missing astrolabe. This artefact will allow the owner dominion over history's course and, if passed into the wrong hands, could see Earth transgressed from its existing and correct timeline.

    The characters each travel to a multitude of eras and infamous historical figures, battles and placed are all mentioned over the course of the novel. The sheer volume of information imparted is breathtaking and yet Bracken's lyrical and melodic style of writing carries the readers along the course of the narrative with an ease and grace that belies the density of the plot. The setting was constantly shifting and yet I never felt confused or like I could not conjure each setting in my mind.

    This has been rejected by many due to the slower pace of the novel but, for me, that was part of the charm of it. The suspense steadily grew and amalgamated until I was gripping the book with white-knuckled fists and literally buzzing with tension. The ending was an emotional release that provided an abundance of tears, both happy and sad, and was the perfect conclusion to a five star duology.

  • Ashley Nuckles
    Jan 11, 2017

    DEFINITELY 4.5 STARS!!

    I don't know where to begin with Wayfarer, honestly. This book was a literally more of a rollercoaster than any book I've read recently! It was addicting and exhilarating and kept me on my toes and had me in tears at the end. I don't think I've ever been the type of person for anything but devastation-tears.

    This book changed that.

  • Alexandra Bracken
    Oct 25, 2016

    Well I like it \_(ツ)_/

    Edited to add: If you're in need of a serious recap of PASSENGER before you read WAYFARER, check this out:

    Well I like it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Edited to add: If you're in need of a serious recap of PASSENGER before you read WAYFARER, check this out:

  • Kat O'Keeffe
    Feb 04, 2017

    Fantastic conclusion to this duology! This series has such a great balance of adventure and romance, and I just love all the history and the beautiful writing! At times I did feel that the pacing was a little off, there were some slow parts, but overall I thoroughly enjoyed this duology. And while this story was complete and I'm very satisfied with it, I STILL WANT MORE! A sequel, a prequel, a spin-off, different characters, whatever -- I just adore this world and this society of time travelers

    Fantastic conclusion to this duology! This series has such a great balance of adventure and romance, and I just love all the history and the beautiful writing! At times I did feel that the pacing was a little off, there were some slow parts, but overall I thoroughly enjoyed this duology. And while this story was complete and I'm very satisfied with it, I STILL WANT MORE! A sequel, a prequel, a spin-off, different characters, whatever -- I just adore this world and this society of time travelers and I could totally go for more!

    If you want a duology that features time travel and romance and adventure, with lovely writing, a colorful cast of secondary characters, and a satisfying conclusion -- CHECK THIS ONE OUT!

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    Jan 06, 2017

    3.5 stars and I am so torn about whether to round up or down. I like how everything wrapped up, but kind of wanted... more. And again, if you're more into the faster pacing of YA books this might be a bit too slow. It did drag in parts for me even though this story had a ton to cover.

    These books do such a great job of handling issues with race, gender, and sexuality throughout time (and just oppression in general. Like the book is dedicated "for all those history has forgotten"). And can we take

    3.5 stars and I am so torn about whether to round up or down. I like how everything wrapped up, but kind of wanted... more. And again, if you're more into the faster pacing of YA books this might be a bit too slow. It did drag in parts for me even though this story had a ton to cover.

    These books do such a great job of handling issues with race, gender, and sexuality throughout time (and just oppression in general. Like the book is dedicated "for all those history has forgotten"). And can we take a moment to appreciate how half of the story is seen through an African American guy traveling through time with a

    Etta and Nicholas were separated for WAY too long, though. I spent most of the story waiting for them to finally see each other again, which made me a bit less interested in whatever was happening at that time. So I wasn't as emotionally invested as I wanted to be and wish I had known their romance wasn't the focus of this book. And I

    wanted to see more between Sophia and Li Min!

    Alexandra Bracken's writing is so strong and easy to read, though! I think she's an incredibly talented writer and am impressed with the sheer scope of this story. Just the alternate histories and technicalities of time traveling alone were super complicated. And the story got pretty deep at times.

    So this is just an odd duology for me because I was never particularly invested in the story, yet I REALLY like these characters, the overall idea, and the writing! I think it's a solid 7/10 star read -- I'd recommend it if you like slower, more detailed historical fiction.

  • Christine Riccio
    Feb 04, 2017

    I didn't love it as much as Passenger, but it was beautifully written and the characters are brilliant, thoroughly enjoyed it! Here's my full booktalk: