Published by Swoon Reads on February 7th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Time-Travel or Alternate Realities/Universes, Young Adult
Format: eBook, Paperback
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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 by L. E. DeLano is a YA sci-fi/fantasy time-travel novel filled with action, romance, and mystery. Featuring two main characters that I really adored and a plot that was unique and interesting from the start.
Jessa St. Clair dreams of other worlds and writes her dreams all down in her stories. One day, one of her favorite memories from her dreams, Finn, appears in front of her out of the blue. In real life. He’s come to warn her that her life is in danger and he is there to prevent her from dying. Of course, Jessa doesn’t believe a word he says. So, Finn calls for backup and this is when things become interesting.
Soon we learn Jessa and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities and times. That Travelers switch with their other selves in the other realities, and then when they switch back they keep all the memories. Like Jessa, it took me a second to wrap my head around, but the concept is very interesting. Besides Travelers, there are also Dreamers, those who are in charge of keeping track of all the possibilities in all the realities. This alone, the entire world building and mythology, was magnificent for me. The imagery and all the details in the various realities definitely enhanced the story.
Plot-wise, the story moved well and kept me interested as we tried to unravel who was trying to get rid of all the Jessa’s in every reality and why. Though I will admit, there were some parts in the story that kind of reduced my overall enjoyment (ie. not a big fan of love triangles, and the ending kind of gutted me), but I’m still glad I read it.
Overall, Traveler by L. E. DeLano was a great debut novel that set up the stage for the next installment and I look forward to reading book two. I would recommend.
(I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.)