I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Traveler by L.E. DeLano
Series: Traveler #1
Published by Swoon Reads on February 7th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Science fiction, Young Adult
Source: ARC from publisher
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Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. After the requisite nervous breakdown, Jessa learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities. But it’s not all steampunk pirates and fantasy lifestyles—Jessa is dying over and over again, in every reality, and Finn is determined that this time, he’s going to stop it…This Jessa is going to live.
This book was REALLY good. Oh man, I have so much to say. I hope I remember it all.
Okay, the story was excellent. It wasn’t entirely without plot holes (some of which I could fill in myself using logic, but not all) but it was mostly just really cool. Some of the smaller details really added to the story. In fact, I think all of them did. The fact that the Jessas shared memories when they Traveled, some things that Danny said that were strangely poignant or important, the subtle differences between the Jessas…It was a really full story in that even the smallest moments felt meaningful and it all came together really well.
It was also emotional, which was great. First of all, it was really funny, which I love at all times but especially in sci-fi/fantasy. And I just felt so in the story. I was Jessa. It was like I was a Traveler and I switched places with her. I could not stop reading. And then the romance was emotional, too. Even though it was a bit of a love triangle, and some people don’t like that, but here I was too focused on the other aspects of the story to worry about it, at least until the end-ish. But I don’t have anything bad to say about it. Everyone had their place in the story. There were other tropes as well, such as the whole Chosen One thing and the villain hoping for a giant cleansing/mass extinction. But again, it was the details that really made it stand out.
Jessa was really likable. I could feel her emotions clearly and she acted quite reasonably. (I think there were a few times where I would have done things differently, or at least called out on a few plot holes, but my brain works differently from hers.) She was smart and witty and cool under pressure, but still had moments where you could see her age. I liked Finn, too, although his purpose in the story seemed too singular at times. And original Finn was the only one I really liked. I know Jessa had a thing for Pirate Finn, but nah, original Finn is the one for me. View Spoiler »And based on the epilogue, I know where this is going, and it seems a little too convenient and contrived for me. I don’t know if I like it. I don’t think I will, but I’m willing to see. « Hide SpoilerRegardless of anyone’s purpose, they all felt like they very much had a place in the story. Mom, Danny, Ben…the only one we really didn’t see at all was Dad. Obviously he wasn’t important to the story, but he was casually mentioned a few times and I feel like such a normally important character should at least get a proper introduction and some screen time. As for Ben, he seemed at first like the innocent “best friend” (in quotes because it’s usually hard to feel like a character is best friends with the MC based on what little we get in the book, though we’re supposed to assume it from page one) character I could easily overlook when it came to the action, but his friend-chemistry with Jessa was too strong. I became a little attached, though he wasn’t a super-favourite. But you know what, I think it said at one point that they weren’t even best friends, just become closer quite recently. But they certainly acted like best friends, joking and teasing and bantering like they’d known each other forever. Oh well. It doesn’t matter; I’ll only be able to see them the way I feel based on what the book gives me.
And the ending. It was great except for that one little detail. If you’ve read it, you know the one. View Spoiler »Original Finn dying was probably about the worst thing that could happen. I do not care if there are other versions of Finn. I can try to convince myself to pretend they could ever work out the same, but that’s untrue. No one will replace Original Finn. Certainly not dumb Pirate Finn. God, they better deus ex machina the crap out of that happening because I can’t live if he’s dead. « Hide Spoiler Obviously I’m still going to read on. I am beyond eager to read on. This is the most addicting thing I’ve read in a long time. The rest of what happens is plenty enough to pique my interest and make me fully invested in the series.
P. S. It was also really cool how seamlessly the author managed to fit autism and deafness into the story. That was really neat.
reaction upon finishing
Oh no, they did not go there. Gah I’m still reeling though. I need more!! I need ANSWERS!
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