Published by Swoon Reads on February 7, 2017
Series: Traveler #1
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Time Travel
Source: Paperback ARC from Publisher
Reading Challenges: 2017 New Release Challenge, Debut Author Challenge 2017
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.
Traveler is the first book in the young adult science fiction/time travel series by the same name from author L. E. Delano. This is L. E. Delano’s first book. I really loved this story. I found it to be a really cool concept that I think will be even more fleshed out in the upcoming books. So you can imagine my surprise when I head over to goodreads and I start seeing some two star reviews. I was shocked in fact. But that just goes to show that different books will work out differently for different people.
Traveler is the story of Jessa and Finn. And bear with me, because while this review is not necessarily spoilery, it does explain the concept of the book because I think the concept is so freakin’ cool! Jessa is just this normal girl until the guy that she has been seeing in all of her dreams shows up in real life and tells her that she is in danger. And things are just starting from there. Don’t worry, Jessa does not automatically buy into his very crazy story about multiple dimensions, but I did love the method he used to finally convince her. It was the satisfying proof that I would have wanted if I were in her place.
Finn finally manages to convince Jessa that they are travelers and they can visit all the different versions of realities where things might be a little or very different. But the kicker is that someone is killing off all the Jessa’s in there different realities. And Finn wants to protect her. So they embark on a race through time and multiple dimensions to find out who is trying to kill off all the Jessa’s. Doesn’t that sound really cool? I think so!
The romance is pretty light in this one, but I think it is going to develop more in the next couple of books. Finn and Jessa have quite the history and I liked meeting the different versions of each other. I also loved that Jessa’ friend Ben popped up in a couple of different realities as well. I can’t wait to see where that goes as well. I loved what Mrs. Delano did with Travler. I do have some questions that I think will be cleared up in the next book but she took a really cool concept and ran with it, and I loved the result.
Bottom line: Traveler is like a really cool mash up of Passenger and #:59 by Gretchen McNeil. It is a race through time and multiple realities to solve a pretty important mystery. I loved this book and cannot wait for more.Traveler by @LE_DeLano is a @BookBriefs top pick of 2017 @SwoonReads #Review #Giveaway Click To Tweet
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