I’m a bit wary on posting this review because this will be my first time reviewing something I didn’t enjoy at all. Knowing this is an extremely popular book and author, I’m kind of scared that people are going to pop out from the woodwork and completely tear me a new ass. Just hear me out, ok?
Passenger was the first book to be chosen as a part of the Hype or Like Fridays book club started by myself, Larkin and Jill. We were all so excited to get into Passenger because we all heard amazing things about it. The cover is absolutely stunning and the plot seemed so promised. I mean.. time travel? Yes please!? Pirates? Hell to the yes!!
But then….this book as a whole was just boring. So damn boring. It took about 200 pages for us to even know what the hell was going on. I’m sorry, but if it takes almost half a damn book for us to even understand what the plot of the story is, I’m not going to be happy. I’m honestly surprised I finished this. I normally DNF books if I’m not feeling them, but I felt like it would be kind of sad if all 3 of us didn’t have a review up for Passenger because we all didn’t like it.
Insta-love? Eh. Chapters full of info-dump dialogue with flat characters? No, thanks. I swear this book could have been around 300 pages and I probably would have enjoyed it a bit more. It took SO long for the actual plot to start happening, and when it did, I was already so over this book and counting down the pages for it to be over with. I even skimmed the last 50 or so pages and read just the dialogue so I could get it over with faster.
Now, I’m all for descriptions of items and clothing and such. It helps the reader visualize what is going on in the scene. However, I don’t need paragraphs just describing the character’s clothing or pages of ship lingo that I have no clue what they mean. I like to understand what I’m reading and not being going “what the hell?” the entire time.
That insta-love, though. I knew we were going to experience some romance, but not to this degree. There were so many things about the romance between Nicholas and Etta, but I’ll refrain from going into detail so I don’t spoil anyone who actually wants to read this.
Etta just in general infuriated me. I hate reading books about teenagers who act like they’re in their mid-twenties and not like they haven’t even graduated from high school yet. I understand that teenagers can be mature. I was 17 before, I get it. But I also remember at 17, I wasn’t planning to spend my life with a man I have only known for 3 weeks but am now apparently in love with.
Nicholas’ character wasn’t completely awful, besides the whole love at first sight thing with Etta. I didn’t hate him and I honestly can’t really explain why. He just annoyed me less than Etta? I don’t know.
So.. wrapping up. I really didn’t like this book. It makes me really sad because I was looking forward to it and this was my first Bracken read. I’m still interesting in trying out The Darkest Minds trilogy. Can anyone tell me if I’ll enjoy those although I really didn’t like this one?
Please don’t come at me with torches and pitchforks because I didn’t like this. Different strokes for different folks, alright?