To start the new year fresh and full of creative ideas, I have decided to participate in the fabulous weekly meme: Waiting on Wednesday by Jill at Breaking the Spines. For those of you not familiar, Waiting on Wednesday is where book bloggers post on an anticipated new release they can’t wait to get their hands on. Some posters look months into the future for the ultimate heavyweight contender of 2016 Young Adult, others keep it to a week by week basis that highlights what’s what for the week ahead in publishing. I myself have chosen to follow the latter, at least until I find the rhythm that works best for me. Following suit with what I assume to be the majority of readers, I will first be discussing the much hyped Passenger by Alexandra Bracken!
I like to consider myself something of a trend spotter; analyzing media, observing patterns, that’s sort of my jam when it comes to weird pastimes. Unsurprisingly, this “hobby” also extends to books. My favorite insight to look at comes in December of each year, where I’m able to collect enough intel to decide on what the A-list theme of the year is. For 2015 it was totally diversity with mental illness, mysterious illnesses, and multiracial characters all being on the forefront of everyone’s TBR. Oh, if your book also featured a character named after a plant, a bird, or a 19th century nobleman you were probably golden. The pendulum for 2016 swings in the opposite direction however, where readers should expect an influx of fantasy- especially of the time travel variety. What does any of this have to do with Passenger might you ask? Well, not much actually. It was just a really long set up for me to say that Alexandra Bracken’s newest duology is entirely on trend with fellow releases such as The Square Root of Summer, The Girl From Everywhere, Into the Dim, and The Love That Split the World. Passenger though, just may be the one that has me most intrigued. After all, while I may never have read the Darkest Minds trilogy, Alexandra Bracken has already established herself as a writer with great attention to world building and action. The latter will definitely serve a purpose somewhere, but the former is irreplaceable when it comes to a story juggling two timelines. I want to be able to feel myself so cemented on this mysterious ship that reality feels like a distant memory. More than that though, I want the romance eluded to in the synopsis to be amazing. Like jaw dropping, face planting, ‘I want to marry you’, good. Very rarely would I say that but in this case I definitely believe a love interest could further flesh out the plot instead of taking away from it. There’s also the chance a great mystery comes into play, with family secrets and dangerous games being referenced as well. This may seem like a lot to chew at once, but I’m confident that Bracken has what it takes to pull out all the heavy artillery and blow my mind with Passengers.
Please let me know in the comments if you enjoy this feature and would like to see more in the future. In any case, what’s your most anticipated release of the week, the month, or the year?