Traveler by L.E. Delano
Series: Traveler #1
Rating: 3.5 stars
Published: February 7th 2017
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.
Anyhow! Jessa has been having dreams of a mysterious boy and strange otherworldly adventures that she transcribes into stories. Strangely enough, this mysterious boy is actually a real person by the name of Finn. He reveals to her that they're both Travelers - they can travel to different dimensions with the help of other Finns and other Jessas. But Finn has another motive for seeking out Jessa... in other dimensions, she keeps on dying, and Finn has to prevent her death in this world, before it's too late.
There's a lot more backstory to this - involving Dreamers, who direct the Travelers on which dimension they should go to, and how Travelers fix certain points in time in order to have some proper order in the universe. If that was possible.
Jessa's initial reluctance to the whole situation was believable and completely understandable... imagine being in charge of a person's life, with so much control that the smallest thing could alter their future? Jessa doesn't want a part in it, especially when she's set on not doing things completely by the book.
I definitely did not see the villains coming! And there's so much fun to be had with traveling to different dimensions. The concept of this was executed wonderfully and I wasn't lost at all. It was indeed hilarious reading Jessa travel back in her own body, only to find that the previous Jessa who occupied it did some 'minor' adjustments.
My only qualm with this was the love triangle (but that was resolved rather quickly so it wasn't even much of a problem) and the lack of actual traveling. Sure, Jessa travels a few times to different dimensions, ones with a deaf Jessa, chubby Jessa, and a proper lady Jessa. Judging by the cover, however, you'd think more pirate ships would be involved. The traveling itself was more figurative than literal, but we don't even see pirate Finn that often. This all sounds very complicated if you haven't read the book, in a nutshell, there is a trace mention of pirates and ships. Judging by the ending, I'd assume they'd play a larger role in a sequel.
Other than that, Traveler was a fun read that brought together dreams and alternate dimensions rather nicely.