My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Super-fun read that had me engaged from beginning to end!
In Traveler, Jessa St. Clair is a dreamer and a writer, whose favorite character, Finn, shows up one day and reveals that he and Jess are ‘Travelers, people born with the ability to travel through alternate realities – via their reflections – and actually swap places with their alternate selves.
With the fun and glamor comes the harsh blow that Jessa is dying one by one in these other realities. But this time, Finn is determined to make sure that this Jessa survives.
I really loved the idea of alternate realities, and Jessa’s ability to essentially become her other self when she switches with the Jessa of that reality is so fascinating to me. She’d have their memories and know everything about them. It was especially interesting to see how different the people close to her could be, and even almost heartbreaking at times.
Like when she visits another reality, one in which her brother Danny is not autistic. She mentions how she cannot imagine him without his autism, and that it was as much a part of him as the color of his hair. What made it so sad to me, was the idea of even introducing the possibility of Danny not being autistic. Jessa loves her brother, and even though the idea of having a regular conversation with this other Danny was appealing to her, she knew that he wasn’t really her brother…not in the way she knows him.
I loved the authenticity of autism in this book, and when I saw that L.E. DeLano happens to be an autism advocate herself, I loved this book even more!
Of course, there were other things I enjoyed as well:
Like the elements that made each reality different…the super delicious sparkly cupcakes…Captain Finn…
Anyway, as I’d said earlier, I really enjoyed this book and it kills me that I’ll have to wait till next year to find out what happens next, cause the cliffhanger that was the ending of this book!!??
I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!!!!
Definitely recommending this.