Author: Alexandra Bracken
Published: January 2017
Better than the first book Passenger, Wayfarer surpasses my expectations and deserves the hype. The story continues with Nicholas and Sophia reluctantly joining forces to search for Etta who has vanished and the much sought after astrolabe. Meanwhile Etta finds herself in an unexpected place and time, and surrounded by unexpected company. Timelines collapse, changing and erasing the past, present and future. Nicholas, Sophia and Etta must find the astrolabe to fix it…before the astrolabe falls into even more evil hands.
The characters continue to flesh out and our perception on them changes along with their development – even Sophia. She became a favourite of mine and so did the new character Li Min who’s more than a thief. They have so many hidden layers. I fell deeper in love with Nicholas. His inner struggle and purpose balance each other out. Etta. At times, it felt like she took the backseat but she did come through once she made a choice.
The mysterious Shadows and Ancient One were interesting and had me on the edge of my seat. The only downside is that they still remain in the shadows. They definitely left a haunting feel and more threatening than the main villain Ironwood. Even though he appears in a few scenes, Ironwood’s characterisation is quite solid and some part of me pitied him.
On diversity, I’m impressed. Nicholas’s background is treated with care. His role is equal to Etta’s and I was surprised but happy about that plot twist, considering Etta is the protagonist. The book teases us with Sophia and Li Min, but I wish their relationship blossomed further. Maybe a future spin-off about them, Bracken?
Wayfarer ends the series well and leaves to a beginning of possibilities. I wish there would be more books coming! But I’m satisfied.