Traveler by L.E. DeLano
Published by Swoon Reads on February 7, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Pages: 352 Format: eARC Source: NG
I acquired this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.
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.
If you slap a pirate ship on the cover, there’s like a 90% chance I’ll pick up your book. Case in point: Traveler by L.E. DeLano. This debut not only boasts a gorgeous front but also contains imaginative concepts and worlds as well as swoon worthy characters and emotionally charged moments. Jessa’s dreams are actually realities, alternate ones at that, and when Finn arrives with a dire warning, there’s more to lose than just writing.
Alright let’s start with the brilliant premise. I mean, it’s one thing to travel through time, but to travel to alternate realities, how cool and unique is that? Travelers can move from one reality to the next through a reflective surface and essentially trade places with themselves. It does become a bit convoluted when it comes to death and dreamers, but honestly this concept is just outstanding.
With all of these different realities, DeLano creates some absolutely amazing places. I loved that in one area there was glitz and glam and then the next had desolation. A particular favorite was the Victorianesque reality filled with pirates and parties. Everything was so well detailed and described making each reality stand out and I loved the changes in character that went along with it.
As Jessa is brought into this strange new world order, her reactions are dead on, and I loved how she came into her own and faced the situations thrown at her. Finn is a rather typical book boyfriend; kind and carrying with a hint of mystery thrown in. This never stopped me from loving him though. I also really appreciated both Jessa’s best friend Ben and her brother Danny. The two of them added more depth to the narrative.
Overall L.E. DeLano’s Traveler was a wonderful debut filled to the brim with unique worlds and vibrant lifestyles. Jessa and Finn quickly found their way into my heart and the compelling characters didn’t even stop there. I’m eagerly anticipating what’s next and definitely recommend this to scifi and fantasy fans. Hopefully you’ll love it just as much as I did!
So are you excited for the release of Traveler? Was it on your radar before? Do you like the idea of alternate realities? Would you like to travel to them? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!