Review: Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

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Genre: Young-Adult, Science-fiction, Time-Travel
Pages: 532
Series: Passenger #2 (Duology)
Release Date: January 3, 2017

Disclaimer: This review will contain spoiler for the first book, Passenger.

3 Stars

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The pace of this book was so slow, it could give The Kiss of Deception a run for its money. But at least that book had a straight-forward plot which simply moved too slow. The plot here was a convoluted mess with an endless amount of pointless tangents.

Wayfarer started off with Nicholas and Sophia trying to find a way to get to Etta, and Etta waking up, injured and lost, to find herself face to face with Julian Ironwood. So basically, both pairs are trying to find each other as well as the astrolabe, before Cyrus gets his hands on it.

At least, that’s the plot we’re told to expect. What we’re not told is that halfway through the book, we’re going to be introduced to witches and magical, evil villains that are very out-of-place in the world that we’ve been introduced to. We’re also not told that most of the novel will be spent not actually following the plot at all. Instead, Etta and Nicholas will be travelling from one place to another every chapter and will be nowhere near find each other the entire time.

On top of that, while they’re travelling, we’re subjected to the description of every fucking thing they see, a history of the places they visit, as well that every single thought that crosses their head!

You know, if someone were to write down everything that goes inside my hyperactive, won’t-even-let-me-sleep mind… there’s not enough paper in the world. That’s why no one does it. Just because someone thinks about something, doesn’t mean everyone needs to read it. Especially if we already know it or if it has absolutely no relevance to the plot.

But does Alexandra Bracken get that. No, she doesn’t. So she decided that we needed to read every internal monologue and debate inside Etta and Nicholas’s head as well as Etta’s moping about her mom or Alice or her violin, and Nicholas having another of his moral conflicts. But I don’t blame the characters. People think, that what they do. No, I blame the person who decided that she needed to write all of that shit down.

I swear to God, I was so fucking tired to read endless paragraphs of history, descriptions and basically all the shit that did nothing but bury the actual plot in pointlessnessUgh!

Between all of that, I had to look for the main storyline because I genuinely felt like the book was only written so that the author could explore different events in history and tell us about them. The sheer amount of scenes that has no fucking reason to be in the book! It was all: go to new time, descriptions, history lesson, internal ponderings, danger, go to another time; rinse, repeat. I didn’t even know that I actually possessed the amount on patience that I needed to get through this novel.

But… And yes, of course there’s a ‘but’. I didn’t give it 3 years just for inspiring a rant, you know. So yeah, But… there were things that helped make the tedious journey bearable.

For one, I still like both Etta and Nicholas. Etta is a badass chick and Nicholas has the kind of honour that you just don’t find these days. He’s a really good guy and very adamant about doing the right thing. I was rooting for the two of them to be united. I also liked Sophia. Not at first, but she grew on me. And seeing her relationship with Nicholas develop was a highlight of the read. Julian was good too, but we didn’t really get to know him all that much, what with the pages full of nothing-important.

Other than that, I was happy with the ending. There were still things in the world and the series that weren’t elaborated much, but the ending was really good. It felt right for the series and it gave a little validation to The Moral Dilemmas of Nicholas Carter.

Overall, this series, and especially this book, was an exercise in patience. But I loved the concept behind it, I liked the characters, and I’m noat-all disappointed by the way things ended. If you were bothered by the pace in Passenger, I’d recommend avoiding this one because it’s so much worse and the plot is barely comprehensible. But if you’re okay with very slow burns, go for it. I’m just glad it’s over and might never pick up a book by Alexandra Bracken again.

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