February 07, 2017
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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.
Traveler is a really fun, creative tale of alternate realities.
I love how L.E. DeLano was able to create alternate realities that were so very different from the one Jessa lived in and knew, yet were really quite similar, as well. There was a nice mix of the fantastical and the more everyday, though each was well imagined, intriguing and somewhere I could really see an entire novel set in.
The way the idea of traveling is introduced to Jessa was well done and seemed realistic. It really utilized what was possible in that world and we knew from the very beginning of Jessa's dreams so that fit, too.
I liked how Jessa's glimpses into alternate ways life could be were not just something to marvel over or to be amazed by, but that each also pulled in her family, their relationships, personalities, and what their family looked like. It was nice seeing her thoughts and feelings on alternate versions of people she knew and loved. Not only does it make the different realities Jessa can see more intriguing, it helps you connect with the characters and gives readers something to think about. The human aspect of how each reality was different was unanticipated (at least to the extent that it was present) but most appreciated.
There were some definite unexpected occurrences towards the end, one in particular that I didn't see coming and just happened. Still, whether you like what happens or not, it is clear that they needed to happen and I am really very eager to see what it will mean for Book 2. (Especially after those last chapters!)
(Also the 'steampunk pirates'? ♡ ♡ ♡)
digital review copy received, thanks to publisher, via NetGalley