Over the summer we read the Passenger Duology by Alexandra Bracken. The books are a time travel series about a young girl who finds out her entire family were travelers as well and now she has to save everything by working with the enemy. Some really enjoyed the series, while others didn’t make it past book 1. It’s definitely a series that’s heavy on the romance and less on the fantasy aspect, which can say a lot about a book.
We’ll recommend two other time travel romance novels, one that fits within the YA group and another for adults. All the way at the end we’ll leave some discussion questions at the end just in case you’re doing research for your own book club.
Janet B. Taylor
A time travel novel heavy on the historical fiction and familial secrets.
When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers.
Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing.
Addictive, romantic, and rich with historical detail, Into the Dim is an Outlander for teens.
Part two in the series where a witch and a vampire travel through time to escape other witches.
Historian Diana Bishop, descended from a line of powerful witches, and long-lived vampire Matthew Clairmont have broken the laws dividing creatures. When Diana discovered a significant alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, she sparked a struggle in which she became bound to Matthew. Now the fragile coexistence of witches, daemons, vampires and humans is dangerously threatened.
Seeking safety, Diana and Matthew travel back in time to London, 1590. But they soon realize that the past may not provide a haven. Reclaiming his former identity as poet and spy for Queen Elizabeth, the vampire falls back in with a group of radicals known as the School of Night. Many are unruly daemons, the creative minds of the age, including playwright Christopher Marlowe and mathematician Thomas Harriot.
Together Matthew and Diana scour Tudor London for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782, and search for the witch who will teach Diana how to control her remarkable powers…
Discussion Questions for Passenger
- Is this book a case of instalove?
- Our book club liked Sophia better than Etta. Would she have made a better main character? Discuss what the book be like from her perspective.
- *Spoiler* When they find the astrolabe and destroy it, do they do this too quickly, too simply?
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