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Traveler

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Traveler

Jessa’s been writing her whole life, using her vivid dreams to inspire her stories, bringing wild worlds to life for her. She thinks the stories are just her imagination, until her favorite recurring character, Finn, saves her life. Jessa doesn’t want anything to do with him, despite the pull she feels toward him, until he explains that she is a Traveler, someone with the ability to travel to alternate realities through their reflection, or through their dreams. All the wondrous dreams Jessa was having, were actually her own experiences in different realities. Her newly discovered abilities allow her to live her life in a new way, exploring new worlds with enchanting people, and eating delicious food. But not every world she visits is all fun and games. Finn tells her that someone is trying to kill her, and she’s dying in every other reality he’s visited. Jessa must do everything she can to master her new abilities and figure out who is out to get her in order to save the timeline and her own life.

"I was overwhelmed by the beautiful descriptions in this book, and I felt as if I could see each and every world that Jessa traveled to. Each world was uniquely different, simultaneously so outlandish, yet intriguing, that I wanted a new book based in every place."

Putting a different twist to the term “living your dream,” DeLano combines magic and imagination to create her debut novel, TRAVELER. I was overwhelmed by the beautiful descriptions in this book, and I felt as if I could see each and every world that Jessa traveled to. Each world was uniquely different, simultaneously so outlandish, yet intriguing, that I wanted a new book based in every place. Although I enjoyed when Jessa actually visited these places, her own creative stories were just as interesting. I loved seeing her own writing style, as it was different yet just as beautiful as DeLano’s own storytelling.

In this story, no matter what universe a Traveler is in, they are still them same person, although there might be some slight differences in the way that they live. Each place she visited brought a special understanding to who Jessa was, and what she wanted. One instance that I especially loved was Jessa’s brother Danny, who has autism in her home world. Meeting these different Danny’s helped Jessa appreciate her brother more, while putting a realistic light on what it’s like to live with a family member who has autism. By the end of the book I felt as if I could relate to all the problems Jessa faced, and I related Jessa’s motives and feelings.

Besides the captivating imagery, I loved all the characters in this book, especially one of the main love interests, Finn. He’s spent a good portion of his life trying to save Jessa’s life, but fails each and every time, developing the determination and hope that are a core part of his being. Even if this Jessa doesn’t know him, he knows who Jessa is at heart, so instead of Traveling to a safe, beautiful world, he helps her. In addition, I loved meeting Finn in different universes, as the slight changes in his personality were always charming and humorous. Finally, the growing romance between Jessa and Finn is sweet and engaging, as Jessa learns more of her other lives with Finn.

I would recommend TRAVELER to teens who enjoy fantasy, or contemporary novels, especially anyone with aspirations of being a writer, or is just an avid reader. TRAVELER took my expectations and twisted them, making me fall in love with this story with every surprise and turn it took, and I can’t wait to enjoy the sequel just as much.

Reviewed by Jessica K., Teen Board Member on April 21, 2017

Traveler
by L.E. DeLano