Wayfarer (Major-Spoiler Free) Review

Hey guys and gals.  It’s only been four days, but it feels like a bit longer.  I missed this.  But I just revamped my theme, if you didn’t notice.  Let me know what you think!  Also, I know some of you nominated me for tags/awards and I promise I will eventually get around to them 🙂  This, though, is a book post.

I’ve certainly been behind on my TBR, which I posted a while ago.  I’ve been trying to read them in order, just because I thought it would be more interesting and orderly.  However, I can’t get through Emma.  Well, I can, I’m just inching very very slowly. I’ll probably just move on to Fantastic Beasts and come back to Emma later.

But I have a surprise review for a surprise book!  While at Target some time ago, I saw this book – which is signed and has extra content and bought it, since I’ve read the first book, Passenger.  So here you go; enjoy.

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Etta Spencer didn’t know she was a traveler until the day she emerged both miles and years from her home. Now, robbed of the powerful object that was her only hope of saving her mother, Etta finds herself stranded once more, cut off from Nicholas-the eighteenth century privateer she loves-and her natural time. 

When Etta inadvertently stumbles into the heart of the Thorns, the renegade travelers who stole the astrolabe from her, she vows to finish what she started and destroy the astrolabe once and for all. Instead, she’s blindsided by a bombshell revelation from their leader, Henry Hemlock: he is her father. Suddenly questioning everything she’s been fighting for, Etta must choose a path, one that could transform her future. 

Still devastated by Etta’s disappearance, Nicholas has enlisted the unlikely help of Sophia Ironwood and a cheeky mercenary-for-hire to track both her and the missing astrolabe down. But as the tremors of change to the timeline grow stronger and the stakes for recovering the astrolabe mount, they discover an ancient power far more frightening than the rival travelers currently locked in a battle for control. . . a power that threatens to eradicate the timeline altogether.

From colonial Nassau to New York City, San Francisco to Roman Carthage, imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, New York Times #1 best-selling author Alexandra Bracken charts a gorgeously detailed, thrilling course through time in this stunning conclusion to the Passenger series.

-Amazon 

Author – Alexandra Bracken

Publication – January 2017

Genre – Young Adult Adventure/Fantasy

Age Level (of the entire series) – 9th and up

Rating- 4/5

Like the first book in this duology,  Passenger, Wayfarer was a bit complex and dragged its feet at certain points.  Also, some of the characters got on my nerves tremendously.  But I found it certainly more satisfying than Passenger.  It was an intricate work of art, a maze through time and history, a journey of several different people of “Love.  Sacrifice.  Release.”  

Alex’s writing is so rich and beautiful.  Her imagery is just incredible.  Example –

“The lacework of spiderwebs spread from corner to corner, catching the fragile moonlight. Time began to slip around him, peeling back the years, mending the cracks in the floor and the scuffing on the wall, filling the room with soft candlelight and whispers of life.”

-pg 387

There are so many wise little lessons and questions sandwiched throughout the pages of this book.  Unlike Code Name Verity and that review, I thought this book didn’t propose as many lessons to me in general, just more thought-moving questions.  So, some of the major themes – 

  1. Destiny and life as it relates to it.  “‘I believe in humanity, in peace, and the natural order of things,’ he said.  ‘I believe that the only way to balance the power of what we can do is sacrifice.  Accepting that we cannot possess the things and people meant for us, we cannot control every outcome, we cannot cheat death.'”  Henry says this on page 112.
  2. History and what it really is.  Page 447“What was history anyway but the lies of the winning few?  Why was it worth protecting, when it forgot the starving child under siege, the slave woman on her deathbed, the man lost at sea?  It was an imperfect record written by a biased hand, diluted to garner the most agreement from competing parties.”
  3. People and love.  “‘I believe that nothing breaks the bonds between people, not years or distance.'”  Also – “‘There is a journey you make through the world – the one that aches and stings.  We come together with others to make our way and survive it’s trials,’ she said, ‘But we are, all of us, also wayfarers on a greater journey, this one without end, each of us searching for the answers to the unspoken questions of our hearts.'”
  4. The “Pattern” and “Rhythm” of life. (I’m listening to Katy Perry’s new song, Chained to the Rhythm right now 🙂 ) “Everything had a rhythm, he realized; a recognizable ebb and flow.  Love, separation.  Work, rest.  Pain, rum.” 

 

You shouldn’t read this if – 

  1. If you haven’t read Passenger.
  2. If you’re not into long, meaningful, but complex stories.
  3. If you don’t like/know a bit about history.
  4. If you’re not in high school or soon to be in high school.

You should read this –

  1. If the opposite is true of any of the above.
  2. If you like time travel.
  3. If you like interesting and a bit weird characters, and rich, beautiful heroes.  
  4. If you want a story that will make you shiver and smile at the different ways reality displays itself, a story that captivates you and takes you to a completely different world, a story that applies to the real world around you. 

 

I only marked the best lines and parts…

Alex’s lovely signature. 

Thanks for reading.  If you’ve read this book or the first book, let me know in the comments so we can talk about it.  Or just let me know what you think.

–Adventuring Girl xx

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