I received this book for free from the Publisher 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: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Source: the 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.
I was definitely hoping I would enjoy this story but I’m still pleasantly surprised by how much I did! It’s a really interesting parallel realities book, I loved the idea of the Travelers and the Dreamers. A lot of the world building felt a bit info-dumpy to me, which I didn’t love. I would have maybe liked to see her being able to explore a bit more on her own or with Finn rather than just told so much about how it works. But it wasn’t too bad because I did want to learn about how it all worked.
I really liked Jessa, the main character. She felt like a very normal, realistic teenager. I liked when we were given the chance to see her experiencing her other realities and imagining what it would be like if we were in her shoes, seeing things that were so different from our lives but still being the same person. I really liked that and liked that she reacted similarly to how I think I may have. I also really liked her developing relationship with Finn. I liked that there was more between them than we know at first and getting to see it grow over the course of the book. And I really liked getting to meet the pirate Finn! He reminded me a teenage Captain Hook from Once Upon a Time. The scenes between him and our Jessa were my favorite.
The one thing I didn’t really like View Spoiler »the love triange. Even though it’s not a typical love triangle and I can see how it gave us the chance to see how other Jessa’s can affect her world when she travels, I just really could have done without it. Why can’t Jessa have a best friend who’s a girl? Why does it always have to be a guy who secretly loves our MC? And if Ben was a girl who had moved there just last year and who Jessa had no romantic feelings for, the new girl could still have had those feelings and there still could have been the possibility of romantic involvement with an other Jessa and we still would have wondered if the new friend was maybe the one trying to kill Jessa. All of those things could have existed if Ben was a girl or Ben could have just been a girl and been Jessa’s best friend and still gone through all of those things with her and had similar emotional responses to Jessa being different without any romantic feelings at all. I would have definitely been okay with that. I really think we need more strong female relationships in books like these rather than just always reverting to the expected love triangle set up. But now back to the book. « Hide Spoiler But it wasn’t a big enough deal to really make me dislike the book, I just sort of wish it had been dealt with a little differently and think that it if had been, it really would have made the book just a little bit better.
I think if you are interested in alternate or parallel reality/universe books, you should give this one a try. The concept of travel is really interesting as well as the idea of parallel Jessas and Finns and memories, even if we didn’t get to explore as much of it as I had hoped. Also, the book is a really quick read, I enjoyed all of the characters, and there’s a swoony pirate! And if that epilogue is hinting at what I think it’s hinting at, then you bet I’ll be trying to get my hands on a copy AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.