Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Not unlike with Bracken's Darkest Minds trilogy, I feel that her Passenger duology improves considerably going into the finale, with a lot less dead air and a lot more action. Sure, Wayfarer is quite a long book, so it's not entirely devoid of such staticky spots, but when the action and alternate history ideas come in, they come in fast, fast, fast. It's also got a certain unpredictability factor, given how many times and places in history are visited, often with certain twists to keep the reader on their toes. Like, you would think that a trip to San Francisco in 1906 would require experiencing the earthquake of that year, but not here, not when this book surfaces in the quake's aftermath several months later. Also, an alternate New York in 1939...which, at first, I thought was going to be 9/11, based on how catastrophic and horrifying the initial description was. And as for the romance, which I thought was Bracken's strongest yet, that turns out just as unpredictable as the rest of the story, never quite going where you expect it to...but at least once going where you hope it does.
To Passenger and Wayfarer, I now say ave atque vale.
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