Breaking the Spine
Series: Passenger #1
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Published: January 5, 2016 by Disney Hyperion
Synopsis: passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.
In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.
Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.
Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever
Why I'm Waiting
This book combines so many things that I love. First off, who doesn't love a book about time travel? Not me. I'm a sucker for those kinds of books. I love the modern character in a historic setting. It's one of my absolute favorites. Plus this takes you back to one of my favorite periods, the Colonial era, and there are ships which mean pirates. Not to mention an epic quest for survival. Yup, sign me up.
But the biggest reason I'm excited for this book is because I'm such a fan of Alexandra Bracken. I absolutely loved The Darkest Minds trilogy. It is one of my favorite dystopias and I read it at a time when I was getting a little burned out from dystopias. But I loved the characters and the powers so much. I was incredibly invested in the final book that it gave me all the feels. I can't wait to see her write something else.
I know a few blogger friends picked this up at BEA, I didn't because I had heard it was an early draft and I wanted to wait, and the early reviews have been really good. I have this preordered and I can't wait to read it in January. I'm even hoping to do a whole time travel themed month around it.