Traveler (Traveler #1)
By: L.E. DeLano
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: February 7th, 2017
A teen writer discovers that every mirror is a portal into an alternate version of her life in this romantic YA fantasy by author L.E. DeLano.
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 delightful fantasy focusing on multiple realities and parallel worlds and the similarities and differences between them. It is also a mystery, Jessa’s alternates are being killed and Finn is determined to figure out why.
Jessa is natural, human, relatable. She reacts appropriately. She loves and understands and interacts realistically with her family, especially her autistic brother. She’s pretty cool, but at this point I’d say we are casual acquaintances. I don’t love her character quite yet. As for Finn, he was great, especially one specific version of him, and I’m happy that it seems like we’ll be seeing more of that version.
My main beef has to do with one of the other Jessa’s and a rather inconsiderate move on her part. The incident seemed unnecessary and only present to provide some romantic tension, not move the plot along to its conclusion. It also irked me because it not only ruined the potential to integrate a platonic boy/girl relationship into the story, but it also meant that that other Jessa knew that certain things hadn’t happened in the main Jessa’s reality by choice, and then made those choices for the main Jessa anyway. If that makes any sense.
The mythology of the story is pretty solid and very interesting. I want some more answers, but we definitely have time for those in future books and I am glad that the book wasn’t weighed down with info dumping analyses. The ending of Traveler gets pretty crazy, and an insane cliffhanger kicks you in the feels. It will leave you dying for the sequel, but you also won’t have any idea what is to come next.
L.E. DeLano is a YA novelist rep’d by Barry Goldblatt Literary agency, author of the upcoming “Traveler” (Swoon Reads/MacMillan 2017) and lifelong writer. Her work has been featured on various online outlets and she lives in Pennsylvania with two very adventurous kids and two very ridiculous cats. In her spare time, she writes (of course) and binge-watches way too much Netflix.
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