Overall Score: 6/10
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Series: Yes, Book 1
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Source: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Book Summary (From GoodReads)
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.
As soon as I saw the phrase “alternate realities,” I knew I had to read Traveler. While this book did have some faults, it was a quick and fun read and I loved the premise (just not the execution).
One of the main flaws of this book for me was that it felt more as if each Jessa/Finn were their own character because of the fact that Travelers essentially body-switch. While I do understand that they are essentially the same soul just in an alternate reality, the experiences and relationships are different enough that it didn’t really make sense to me how one Jessa or one Finn is seemingly interchangeable with another. While I do like the concept of soul-mates, it seems as if would only be applicable in each reality. (There’s a strong possibility that I’m overthinking this).
The characters were all interesting. I particularly loved Jessa’s family and her relationship with them. The moments she spends with them really grounded the book and were incredibly touching. I wasn’t a huge fan of the love triangle with Finn and Ben because Jessa didn’t seem to have any romantic feelings for Ben until Finn showed up in their lives. Separated from the love triangle, I think that both of them are great characters. Although I must admit that Pirate Finn was probably my favorite.
As for the plot, it was a fast-paced, action-packed ride. There were a few twists that I definitely didn’t see coming. After the ending, I’m definitely going to read the next book because a few unexpected things happened that left me very curious. Overall, this was a quick and engaging read.