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Paris Adrift Paperback – February 6, 2018
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About the Author
E. J. Swift is the author of the Osiris Project trilogy (Osiris, Cataveiro and Tamaruq), a speculative fiction series set in a world radically altered by climate change. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award (“The Spiders of Stockholm”) and the BSFA award for short fiction (“Saga’s Children”), and has appeared in a variety of publications from Solaris, Salt Publishing, NewCon Press and Jurassic London. Swift also contributed to Strata – an interactive digital project by Penguin Random House.
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During Hallie's [time] travels, she meets a couple of people and I loved those. I loved the relationships that bloomed between them and Hallie. I loved how we got to know their backgrounds, more about their lives and see what circumstances they were living in.
One thing that was a pity was my confusion. I started out confused, not really understanding what was going on. Hallie herself didn't even know what she had to do half the time and... I guess that left its mark on me as well? It got better over time but at other moments I still found myself confused again. It did take away from my reading experience and that was such a pity...
Something I knew up front, but had trouble with anyway is all the history! Now you can tell me "Kathy, come on. It's about time-travelling. How can you avoid the history?!" I know, I know! It isn't that I wanted to avoid it, but I did want it to be less... in my face? All the French history facts were flying way over my head. I can imagine this being a fun thing for people who actually know a thing or two about French history but to me...? Nope... Nope, nope, nope.
Even though I did like some of the characters, I still felt like they weren't fleshed out properly. Bland and one-dimensional is probably the right way to describe them and it's such a pity. I would've enjoyed this story way more had this at least been executed better...
All in all, it just wasn't a book for me but the issues I have are mostly entirely subjective so it could definitely be someone else's favorite read!
2,5 / 5, boo...
What she finds (in addition to an eclectic band of kindred spirits from far-flung corners of the globe) is a time portal.
What follows is a wonderful adventure through the past, present and future of Paris, as it falls to Hallie to save the world from its own ending. The scope of the novel might be wide, but the portrayal of Hallie (and how she finds her place in the world) is poignant and intimate.
The novel flits between time periods (all of them vividly realised) but also touches on contemporary concerns (climate change, the rise of nationalism). Yet the overriding theme of the book is one of hope, and how small, seemingly insignificant acts can change the world for the better.
Paris Adrift is touching, thought-provoking, funny and most of all optimistic - and who doesn't need a little more optimism in their lives? I blew through this book in a couple of sittings and I can't wait to see what E. J. Swift does next.
The main character is a girl named Hallie, who's run away from England to Paris to take a year off from university. Soon she picks up a job with an odd group of friends at Millie's.
Soon Hallie is being stalked by a strange bird, then soon, a woman who claims to be the "chronometrist." She then finds that there is what seems to be a time portal in the keg room of the weird bar she works at.
Soon she's travelling back and forward in time to try to make tiny adjustments for the betterment of the world.
The characters in this book are odd, yet satisfying. They all have their own unique personalities that you begin to adore over the course of the book. I felt like I kept Hallie at a distance for some reason, not really feeling like I ever knew her fully at the end of the story.
I preferred the time traveling aspects to the story far more than Hallie's "own time" happenings. I seem to be in the minority of this opinion, and I'm okay with that! I was definitely an odd book, and one I haven't ever read any other like, so I'm more than happy with it.
Highly recommended for anyone who would like to read a book that has sci-fi, Paris, and time-travelling all within it.
Paris Adrift is a unique novel. When I read it, I liked it, but wasn’t astounded. Then, I found myself thinking about the contents more and more, reconsidering the issues. That is what I meant by Paris Adrift sneaking up on you. It is the type of novel that affects you after it is finished.
5 / 5
I received a copy of Paris Adrift from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.