Book Review | Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken – spoilers


Texas, 1905

Etta Spencer didn’t know she was a traveller until the day she found herself not just miles, but years from home. Now, Etta is stranded in time and separated from the boy she loves. At the mercy of a family she once thought her enemy, Etta learns of a new Ironwood plot, more dangerous than she could have imagined: to destroy the future she longs to return to.

The Bahamas, 1776

Devastated by Etta’s disappearance, Nicholas enlists the help of Sophia Ironwood. But after a deadly mistake derails their search, an ancient power emerges, more frightening than the Ironwood’s plot – a power that threatens to eradicate time altogether.

Into the Unknown

From New York City to San Francisco, Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, Etta and Nicholas must desperately fight to read each other…

Disclaimer// I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher, Quercus for providing me an e-Book review copy of Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken, in exchange of an honest review.

Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken is a great finale to this wonderful sequence.

For those who are not yet familiar with Alexandra Bracken’s masterpiece, that is the Passenger duology – then I highly suggest that you go to your nearest book store and purchase these two wonderfully written novels!

All Etta Spencer, a violin prodigy, was to play the violin and make her debut as a solo violinist! But, no… everything just has to get a little bit more complicated that she has ever dreamed of in her life. She is thrown into this new world of time travel, which her mother just so happen to neglect mentioning to her. Her mother, like her is also able to travel through time. And along with this, it is also believed that Etta knows where one of the most hunted item in the world of time travellers is… But that isn’t the case.

This book has been a great read, and I am sorry that I am only just posting my review now… but life got in the way.

Wayfarer in every essence of this book has been a wonderful and great finale to this book series, and I cannot complain at all. Alexandra Bracken has clearly given her all in writing this novel, and it really did pay off and it shows in the way the story unfolds.

Where Passenger was an epic adventure, Wayfarer is on a whole other level. Everything from the characters, plot and the action in this book feels like it has been heightened – in comparison to the former novel, and it isn’t a bad thing at all. I think that it is a great way of ending the series, and in forming a conclusion to what is probably one of the greatest YA novel to have been written in our generation.

Character-wise, I think I fell in-love with a lot of the characters. Certainly, there has been a lot of character developments, and I cannot even begin to say how amazing it is to be able to read a novel that’s both character and plot driven! We got to meet new characters too!

Another thing that I really enjoyed about this novel is the fact that it was no longer as focused on Nick and Etta’s romance anymore. Sure, there were scenes where the two thinks of the other – and that’s fine! In fact, I think it just adds a little bit more towards the determination of the characters in seeing things through in their search for the Astrolabe.

It was clear from the very beginning of this novel that it wasn’t just about Etta or Nick anymore, and that it’s about everything now. As I have said, the action is heightened, and the way things were going just escalated every turn of the page. We get to meet old and new enemies alike, and individuals whom we cannot truly be sure whose side they are on.

An epic conclusion to a wonderful tale!


I have been debating whether to keep this book review short and simple or with spoilers… and I couldn’t decide so, I’ve made the decision to split this book review with the non-spoiler book review first and now we are onto the Spoilers!!!

First of all, I really enjoyed reading the Prologue and Epilogue of Wayfarer as they give us a little bit more insight towards Rose’s history, and it helped to explain a lot of the things that is going on in this book. These are an amazing bonus to the novel, and I think there is no better way to begin or end this novel with how this whole thing even started!

Etta is alive!!! Can I just say how badass this young woman is, having the guts to climb out a window and climb down a very flimsy scaffolding with injuries obtained from a gunshot wound. If I were her, I would succumb to the pain the moment I woke up! But… you have to give it to her for being rash about things and trusting her instincts.

Then there’s Julian freaking Ironwood! Who would have thought?! Honestly, when I read the passage where he was basically introduced to us – I was stumped. I couldn’t remember for the life of me who Julian Ironwood was… until Etta confirmed who he was and punched him in the face. I really did like him as a character though, cowardly and every inch of an Ironwood what with his self-serving nature. But, he improved as he spent more time with Etta, and I think that the relationship that they have developed between them is good.

We got to meet Henry Hemlock, and oh my goodness the feels that this man gave me! Who would have thought that we will be meeting Etta’s father?! Of course, I had my doubts about him… actually even near the end of the book I still had my suspicions of him. He was just too charming, and too perfect of a person to be a good guy – and the way he talked about Rose, it just kind of didn’t feel right. But there were moments when my heart just melted when he spoke to Etta, and the way he clearly loved his daughter unconditionally! My favourite part of the novel is probably when the father and daughter played music together, it just gave me so much asdfghjkl…might as well have had an arrow through my heart!

Then we get to see Nicholas and Sophia working together, the two most unlikely individuals you would have thought to work together! Where I once disliked Sophia with a passion, in this book I have come to appreciate her snarky nature more!

There are so many characters I really want to talk about, like Cyrus Ironwood and the Belladonna – but I am afraid I am basically giving everything away! Which I admit, I want to carry on typing all the details – but I have to leave some sort of mystery out there for you lovely readers!

Hence I leave you with this…

Go and pick up this book series now. Because, it is honestly one of the best YA sequence you will ever read this year.


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