This is the makeup post for missing last Monday. Also, the series review for this will come next week too!
Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.
That being said… Spoilers ahead.
Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
Synopsis From The Book
I’ve been orphaned by my time.
The timeline has changed.
My future is gone.
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.
Initial Thoughts Before Reading:
Alright, here we go. It’s only been forever since I read Passenger. Will I remember it? Not sure. Am I going to read this anyway? Yup. I’m currently in the car, hoping that this book can motivate me to finish the other 5 books I brought with me on this trip. Here is to hoping even if it isn’t very likely.
Initial Thoughts After Reading:
Alright, well that went as well as I thought it would. I am so confused by so many of the time travel particular aspects of this book. In the end, I finally finished this series. I’m not sure why it took me so long to do so, considering.
Etta: after being separated from the others, she lands in Texas 1905. Julian, who is alive, finds her and takes her to The Thorns. Etta tried to escape but was stopped by Henry Hawthorn, her father. She learned more on her family, including that her mother had kept her away from everything. She and her father try to realign the timeline and wind up in Russia during the Revolution. When the Ironwoods attack, Rose appears and Etta is thrown away thinking her father died and knowing her mother let Alice die. She meets up with Julian again and the two of them find Nick who is working for his grandfather. Sophia finds her and tries to convince her that Nick does not love her.
Nick: after being separated from Etta, Nick and Sophia try to connect with Rose. Their letter is stolen by Li Min. They confront her, get it back and then Nick and Sophia go to Belladonna as Rose said to. There Nick makes a deal with her to get info if he’ll do something for her. She tasks him to kill his grandfather and then gives him no info. The Russian Revolution begins and they leave to find anything. They got to Carthage and Sophia is poisoned and almost died. Li Min saved her and they find out Etta died. Nick goes to destroy his grandfather to find out that destroying the astrolabe would force all travelers back to the time of their birth and destroy all passages. Nick learns of the auction for the astrolabe and begins to work with his grandfather so he has an in to destroy it.
Both: Nick and Etta arrive at the auction and in a party find each other. The auction begins and then the shadows attack. The shadows are stollen travelers taught by The Ancient One so he can have immortal power. The Ancient one is destroyed, Nicks grandfather dies, rose gets her neck cut and almost dies and Nick destroys the astrolabe. The time line is reset and everyone is thrown all over.
Nick: back in 1776, he finds Hall and realizes he has the power to open paths and change things himself. He decides to reunite the traveler families with the power he has.
Etta: in the present day, Etta is forced with the knowledge that she’s all alone. A year later she has moved on a bit and is having her first concert. There in the audience are her mother, father, and Nick. The two reunite and Etta travels back in time to tell her mother that everything is going to be alright.
What I Liked:
Progression of the story; If you were to ask me where the book would go from, I would have not said this book. That has a lot to do with Etta’s father. I did not know where his story arch would take us, but I loved every minute of it.
Nick and Etta; I really like their relationship. I adore seeing them together and them travel across time for each other. Etta’s heartbreak at seeing Nick work for his grandfather, got me. I really hope that they stay in the twenty-first century, so they can be together without much issue.
Characters; I love all the characters and this book made me love them more. I’m so happy that Etta’s father wasn’t a total asshole. I’m happy that in a way everyone got their own happy ending and got to see a world that looks alright for them.
Time travel; I had fun with all the jumping and traveling in the book. Do I believe that the travelers won’t screw things up again? No. I expect them to. Is it entertaining to know that? Most def.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
Time travel; so am I to assume that things happen the way that they did or am I to assume that time made inconsistencies make sense? So will Rose have her whole vendetta? If she doesn’t, how is Etta born? My friends hate time travel plots and now I feel that I kinda understand cuz I’m so confused lol.