Paris Adrift
The Time Machine meets Midnight In Paris Determined to escape her old life, misfit and student geologist Hallie packs up her life in England and heads to Paris. She falls in with the eclectic expat community as a bartender at the notorious Millie’s, located next to the Moulin Rouge.Here she meets Gabriela, a bartender who guides her through this strange nocturnal world, and begins to find a new family. But Millie’s is not all that it seems: a bird warns Hallie to get her feathers in order, a mysterious woman shows up claiming to be a chronometrist, and Gabriela is inexplicably unable to leave Paris.Then Hallie discovers a time portal located in the keg room. Over the next nine months, irate customers will be the least of her concerns, as she navigates time-faring through the city’s turbulent past and future, falling in love, and coming to terms with her own precarious sense of self.

Paris Adrift Details

TitleParis Adrift
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherSolaris
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Fantasy, Time Travel, Fiction

Paris Adrift Review

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    Sooooooooooo.... okay. I was sort of enjoying this book when it was in Paris, 2017. The aesthetic of the place, the bars, the odd sense of creepiness or eerie occurrence - it was all great. But as soon as we got into the actual time travel moments…. Meh? Unfortunately, I’m someone who reads mostly for either 1) decent character development or 2) good dramatic tension. And I just really didn’t think this book had either. A fast paced plot is one thing, but without good drmatatic tension or compel Sooooooooooo.... okay. I was sort of enjoying this book when it was in Paris, 2017. The aesthetic of the place, the bars, the odd sense of creepiness or eerie occurrence - it was all great. But as soon as we got into the actual time travel moments…. Meh? Unfortunately, I’m someone who reads mostly for either 1) decent character development or 2) good dramatic tension. And I just really didn’t think this book had either. A fast paced plot is one thing, but without good drmatatic tension or compelling characters, there’s no need for the audience to keep reading. And even the actual plot is… not exactly fast-moving? I’m 42% in and nothing has happened. I will say I liked the maybe-evil-maybe-losing-her-mind time traveler; she has a ton of potential as a character. But that’s really not enough to keep me reading.
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Paris Adrift by E.J. Swift is a science fiction fantasy read that features time travel through various times in Paris. This one was a book that I had high hopes for when I saw the beautiful cover and learned that it would be about time traveling but unfortunately it fell a bit short for me.The story started off seeming to be promising with a look at the future that had me salivating for some good old saving the world reading. But then we get introduced to Hallie as she’s working in a bar and tha Paris Adrift by E.J. Swift is a science fiction fantasy read that features time travel through various times in Paris. This one was a book that I had high hopes for when I saw the beautiful cover and learned that it would be about time traveling but unfortunately it fell a bit short for me.The story started off seeming to be promising with a look at the future that had me salivating for some good old saving the world reading. But then we get introduced to Hallie as she’s working in a bar and that is where things just sort of stalled out for me. I think really at that point my mind was the one going a bit adrift to be honest.By the time the time traveling began in the story I was losing hope for falling in love with the book but I had hopes it would still catch my attention a bit more than it did. I think though that what I missed was some really good character building to get a better connection and a bit more happening than what I was finding. I suppose the best way to put it was I’m sure for some this will be a great read but it just wasn’t what I expected it to be and not really my cup of tea in the end unfortunately.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....
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  • Dana Kenedy (Dana and the Books)
    January 1, 1970
    This review can also be found on my blog, Dana and the Books. I was sold on this book the moment I saw the cover. It's magical, ethereal, straight up gorgeous.And then I found out it was about time travel and I was extra sold. I don't even know how many times I've shouted into the void about my love for time travel, but I do know that I will never get tired of stumbling upon new time travel stories. This isn't the sort of time travel book where there's a lot of sci-fi elements alongside the time This review can also be found on my blog, Dana and the Books. I was sold on this book the moment I saw the cover. It's magical, ethereal, straight up gorgeous.And then I found out it was about time travel and I was extra sold. I don't even know how many times I've shouted into the void about my love for time travel, but I do know that I will never get tired of stumbling upon new time travel stories. This isn't the sort of time travel book where there's a lot of sci-fi elements alongside the time hopping. There's no fancy time machine, no spaceships, no futuristic aliens. At times, it reads like a contemporary novel following Hallie's journey in Paris working at Millie's bar. But then, just like Hallie, you get ripped from the present and thrust into a new time, forced to navigate the era.Each time period had a different vibe matching the atmosphere. Each one better than the one before it. And that first chapter. What a great opening!However, I do wish we got to see more of the future from the first chapter where the world is literally ending. It felt so desperate and hopeless.Hallie was a great choice for a main character. She lost her way in life and Paris (time travel and all) really set her on the right track to finding herself.Being set in Paris, there was of course French scattered throughout the book. It definitely made me work hard recalling my six years of mandatory Canadian French classes to work!Overall: fantastic plot, fantastic characters, and fantastic time travel.  Paris Adrift is a unique and worthy addition to the time travel genre!Thanks so much to Rebellion Publishing for providing me with a review copy; and be sure to check out the other stops on the blog tour!Book Links: Book Depository | Amazon US | Amazon Canada | Amazon UK
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  • Bradley
    January 1, 1970
    What an utterly delightful time-travel/atmospheric tale of freedom, choice, and Paris.I was struck by just how descriptive and easy the text flowed, but then I was sucked in to all the different time periods as I drifted through the theater of 1875, from catacombs to bohemians, from Moulin Rouge to Moulin Vert... all the way to 2017 with crowded bars and modern woes... to a dystopian and war-torn future of 2042 that includes time travelers and the ever dreaded and alluring Anomaly in the timestr What an utterly delightful time-travel/atmospheric tale of freedom, choice, and Paris.I was struck by just how descriptive and easy the text flowed, but then I was sucked in to all the different time periods as I drifted through the theater of 1875, from catacombs to bohemians, from Moulin Rouge to Moulin Vert... all the way to 2017 with crowded bars and modern woes... to a dystopian and war-torn future of 2042 that includes time travelers and the ever dreaded and alluring Anomaly in the timestream.There's a definite and dark cost to time travel, but sometimes the cost is worth it. Sometimes, we don't even know what we're paying for. Such is the problem of free will and choice.Above all, this novel is a real delight to read. It's easy, it's immersive, and it's very easy to fall for and into the lives of these free-spirited people. Even more than that, it's very easy to fall in love with Paris. It evokes and succeeds in drawing out the beauty, the oppression, and the crazy desperation of the people who live and breathe the world... no matter the time.For all this, I am quite pleased that it is also an easy read. Freedom shouldn't be oppressive. :)I'm totally recommending this for all you free-spirits. And thanks to Netgalley for the ARC!
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  • Deborah Obida
    January 1, 1970
    Arc provided by netgalley in exchange for an honest review.2.5 stars, I have to admit I was disappointed, I expected more from this book. The plot is amazing but I dislike the writing style. Most of the characters are bland and one dimensional, none could even muster any emotion in me. The book is diverse, it wasn't overly done, it was just perfect.The plot is amazing, the time travelling was badly depicted and the whole anonmly descriptions was confusing. I love the staff of Millie's, just a gr Arc provided by netgalley in exchange for an honest review.2.5 stars, I have to admit I was disappointed, I expected more from this book. The plot is amazing but I dislike the writing style. Most of the characters are bland and one dimensional, none could even muster any emotion in me. The book is diverse, it wasn't overly done, it was just perfect.The plot is amazing, the time travelling was badly depicted and the whole anonmly descriptions was confusing. I love the staff of Millie's, just a group of people that need a break from life and found the perfect country and job to give them time. The romance was fast forwarded at first and it felt cheesy till like 80% of the book that the matter was fixed.All in all this was an okay read for me, there is absolutely nothing special about the book, save the Paris setting.
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  • Acqua
    January 1, 1970
    Paris Adrift is a fantasy book about the way small events can shape people, places, and the destiny of humanity itself.One of the main strengths of this book is the atmosphere. The descriptions of Paris through time - the crowded bars of 2017, the theaters of 1875, the alternate dystopian city of 2042 - are vivid and fascinating.The main character is Hallie, a young woman who is on a gap year from her geology studies. She is running from her family, from her past, and in some way from herself, b Paris Adrift is a fantasy book about the way small events can shape people, places, and the destiny of humanity itself.One of the main strengths of this book is the atmosphere. The descriptions of Paris through time - the crowded bars of 2017, the theaters of 1875, the alternate dystopian city of 2042 - are vivid and fascinating.The main character is Hallie, a young woman who is on a gap year from her geology studies. She is running from her family, from her past, and in some way from herself, but at Millie's there's something awaiting for her: the staff will quickly become her new family, and in the keg room there's the anomaly - time travel.Millie's, as it turns out, is a very special place.All the characters and their friendships were memorable and well-developed. Even the romance, which I didn't like for half of the novel, slowly grew on me. By the end of the book, I loved Hallie and Léon.Paris Adrift is also really diverse (a diverse ensemble cast!). The main character struggles with panic attacks, which I had never seen before in an adult fantasy novel; there are side characters who are Colombian and Algerian; there's a side f/f couple.The only thing I didn't love was how some words like psychopath, schizophrenic and borderline were sometimes used in a disparaging way/to describe a character who was acting weird (and that's not what those words mean).My favorite character was the mysterious chronometrist; she was unsettling in the best way.This book does have its creepy moments - the anomaly isn't exactly a benevolent entity, and time-travel in the catacombs isn't a pleasant experience either.Paris Adrift is a story that weaves together time travel and modern politics, exploring many relevant themes. Maybe it will feel dated sooner, but it also feels more real, more grounded.I flew through this book. I always wanted to know what was going to happen; the short chapters helped. It's divided into nine parts, and this could have felt disjointed, but the transition was never awkward. I never knew which direction the story would take next.I received an ARC (advanced reader copy) from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I've got mixed feelings about this one. Paris Adrift follows student geologist Hallie who, fed up with her rather dull life, leaves England for the heady city life of Paris. Here, not far from the infamous Moulin Rouge, she finds a time portal that lets her glimpse Paris in all it's magnificent past and future. It's the descriptions of Paris through the ages that really set this book apart. From this century, back down through time I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I've got mixed feelings about this one. Paris Adrift follows student geologist Hallie who, fed up with her rather dull life, leaves England for the heady city life of Paris. Here, not far from the infamous Moulin Rouge, she finds a time portal that lets her glimpse Paris in all it's magnificent past and future. It's the descriptions of Paris through the ages that really set this book apart. From this century, back down through time into a strange dystopian future and back again. It's very descriptive, and made me feel as if I was there with Hallie. The cast is also diverse, although I found they all really lacked any kind of emotional depth. The pace is all a bit all over the place too, and I struggled at times to get through it. A mixed bag really.
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  • Kathy - Books & Munches
    January 1, 1970
    The thing I liked best about Paris Adrift, is that it was a whole different kind of sci-fi than Illuminae and Gemina. Where I was lost in space before, now I was lost in time and the difference was so much fun! Starting in the twenty-first century, I hopped to eighteen century-France as well. Our main character, Hallie, is a girl who really is looking for herself. She has demons in her past she tries to run from and cope with at the same time. Then ends up losing herself in time. I honestly have The thing I liked best about Paris Adrift, is that it was a whole different kind of sci-fi than Illuminae and Gemina. Where I was lost in space before, now I was lost in time and the difference was so much fun! Starting in the twenty-first century, I hopped to eighteen century-France as well. Our main character, Hallie, is a girl who really is looking for herself. She has demons in her past she tries to run from and cope with at the same time. Then ends up losing herself in time. I honestly have respect for her since she seemed to handle everything pretty well considering.During Hallie's 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...2,5 / 5, boo...Kathy
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  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    January 1, 1970
    "Eloise, ma chérie, mon coeur, this lovely Anglaise here needs a tissue and a shot." You know what makes me pettily put a book on hold, possibly permanently? Authors thinking they can have characters speak like in the quote above. If you're not going to do your research on how to write bilingual characters then why should I invest hours of my free time into reading your book?
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  • Staci Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    Paris Adrift by E.J. Swift 3/5 🌟🌟🌟I was Paris Adrift, in return for my honest review. On behalf of NetGalley and the publisher (s). Rebellion/Solaris publishingTime traveling!!!! This book was at first slow, and confusing. When reading it pay attention closely to the writing. With the detail and flip flop of time it can get confusing. It was a slow start but there is a lot of detail. From the past to the future your following the character through her journey through time. Paris Adrift may seem Paris Adrift by E.J. Swift 3/5 🌟🌟🌟I was Paris Adrift, in return for my honest review. On behalf of NetGalley and the publisher (s). Rebellion/Solaris publishingTime traveling!!!! This book was at first slow, and confusing. When reading it pay attention closely to the writing. With the detail and flip flop of time it can get confusing. It was a slow start but there is a lot of detail. From the past to the future your following the character through her journey through time. Paris Adrift may seem overwhelming at times, and even maybe slow but trudge on and I'm sure you will love this amazing time-travel adventure. It is set in Paris, at various timelines. Paris was supposed to save Hallie, make things better for her. As she works at the bar, with her friends, Hallie encounters a lot of things. One event inparticular sticks in her mind. She somehow sees herself, walking through the bar! Of course, Hallies' realistic mind can not make sense of the anomaly. (The anomalies can become confusing so pay attention.)Hallow encounters a rather odd woman, who has chosen her to serve her. She introduced herself as, the Chronometrist. A cold, figure with a bird, no a falcon under her coat. Can Hallie believe enough to help herself. She saw herself and knew it wasn't right, a dream just dream she tells herself. We all know that time travel can change the course of events happening in the other time period. What will Hallies travels cost her, or yet what will it cost Paris? Political, and adventurous this time travel tale may just have you second guessing your own course!! This book is coming, February 06, 2018!! Watch to get your copy or pre-order now!!
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  • Lynn Williams
    January 1, 1970
    https://lynns-books.com/2018/02/22/pa...Paris Adrift is a book that I’m conflicted over. I liked the idea of it, I love Paris so the setting is perfect and the cover is just captivating. As it is I liked it but it didn’t wow me.The story starts off with a post apocalyptic setting at some point in the not too distant future where the world is literally coming to an end. A group of time travellers make the difficult decision that somebody must travel back to change things before this possible futu https://lynns-books.com/2018/02/22/pa...Paris Adrift is a book that I’m conflicted over. I liked the idea of it, I love Paris so the setting is perfect and the cover is just captivating. As it is I liked it but it didn’t wow me.The story starts off with a post apocalyptic setting at some point in the not too distant future where the world is literally coming to an end. A group of time travellers make the difficult decision that somebody must travel back to change things before this possible future becomes a reality.Jump to current day Paris where Hallie is desperate for a job and is having a trial run at a busy bar known as Millie’s. From here is a journey of exploration really where Hallie will find her feet, find friends, find a portal to travel through time and possibly find love. It all sounds perfect really.I’m going to change my format for this review and tell you what I liked and what I didn’t like all in one go – like a good vs bad scenario. Overall it evens out to be honest and I can’t deny that this was an easy read and well written – I suppose I just wanted a little bit more.Paris. I don’t really think I need to elaborate – but obviously I will anyway. I love Paris, it’s just an amazing city and I would happily read many more books where Paris is the location. So many iconic sites, beautiful language, just the full shebang. But, whilst I love this city, the story felt a little like a tourist one stop guide. I don’t know why but I think I was hoping for more of a few off the beaten track places and it feels a little like a missed opportunity. That being said, visiting the catacombs and other sites through the pages of a book was still great for reminiscing.The city of love – and love in Paris Adrift. For once, I kind of applaud the plot involving a love story – it’s kind of expected really, this is the city of love after all. But, on the flip side it felt rushed. It was like reading a synopsis of a relationship. It’s obvious that the two characters are going to become a ‘thing’ but no sooner have they discovered each other than they grow apart. If you’re looking for a love story from the City of Love this is lacking a little.The time travel. The time travel here is not really explained – and I can totally live with that, in fact sometimes I think it’s the best way forward. Don’t over complicate things unless you’ve got a completely stellar idea that you can write about with absolute confidence. Basically, there are portals, not everyone can use them, and ultimately there is a price to pay. I liked this idea and it also brings us to a very curious, and in my opinion one of the best, characters of the story – the chronomoterist. I won’t elaborate further on that but I thought it was a really good aspect to the story and it has some interesting links to immortality in a strange and creepy way and makes me wonder if future books could be planned.The plot. It becomes very fuzzy if I’m going to be honest. Partly because I was enjoying some of the time travel and the places it took me to. I almost forgot the main purpose of the story. And that leads me onto the way in which Hallie eventually changes the future. I didn’t buy it. I’m sorry but it just gave me a total jaw dropping moment of wtf. That being said, some of the places visited during the time travel were brilliant and I loved reading about them – I really wanted to spend more time in post revolution France – that storyline was so good to read not to mention the whole set up for how Millie’s potentially came about. It was just excellent and I loved that aspect to the story.The tropes. Well, we had the rather tired trope of the uncaring family – of course it gave Hallie a reason to run away (or upsticks and leave if you prefer) in the first place – but, when we eventually discover the full extent it felt very flimsy by way of excuse. Then there’s the everything falling into place too easily cliche. Let’s be honest here, Hallie has run away to a massive city – where she doesn’t even speak the language. Of course the story makes this all seem very easy and before you know it she has a job, friends and a place to stay. In reality Hallie is very lucky that the City didn’t simpy swallow her up. That being said I loved reading about Millie’s and the people. Hallie managed to really find herself a place at Millie’s and the bar itself just played a really good role in the story.So, overall. This is an easy read. The writing is good. The pace is consistent and there are some very good ideas particularly those that look at current politics and how they could play out in the future. Unfortunately, I didn’t find myself falling in love with the characters and the plot became almost a non entity. On the positive side, this isn’t the sort of time travelling story that gives you a headache but if you’re going to pick it up then you need to be happy with the fact that the detail is a little lacking.I had no trouble reading this. It was a fast paced story but personally I was hoping for more. That being said I certainly wouldn’t discourage others from reading this as it’s definitely fun and fast paced. So, conflicted. Good and bad. I actually feel like I’m having an argument with myself in this review.I received a copy courtesy of the publisher, through Netgalley, for which my thanks. The above is my thanks.
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  • Ailsa
    January 1, 1970
    I first noticed this book because of the cover, and when I read the description I thought it sounded like the sort of thing I would enjoy. I pictured a fairly typical urban fantasy novel, where a main character discovers there's actually magic of some kind in the world, and with the cool setting of Paris as a bonus. In fact, it's not that sort of story at all. In the opening pages, you learn that this book is about time travel. In the not-too-distant future, the world is ending, and a group of t I first noticed this book because of the cover, and when I read the description I thought it sounded like the sort of thing I would enjoy. I pictured a fairly typical urban fantasy novel, where a main character discovers there's actually magic of some kind in the world, and with the cool setting of Paris as a bonus. In fact, it's not that sort of story at all. In the opening pages, you learn that this book is about time travel. In the not-too-distant future, the world is ending, and a group of time travellers think they've identified some key points in history where events could be steered a different way, with the help of a young woman who doesn't yet know that she's also a time traveller: Hallie.Jump back to present day Paris, and Hallie is recently arrived in the city. In many ways, this is a contemporary novel about figuring out who you want to be, and dealing with things from your past. Hallie has basically run away from home instead of starting university. Her job at a popular bar brings her into a friend group of other people who have left something, are looking for something, or just want to have fun and not think about anything for a while. They are racially and culturally diverse, but again and again you see that they have so much in common despite their varied backgrounds.The other aspect of the book that I particularly enjoyed was that it brings in real-world politics. The bar staff in Summer 2018 are discussing the US president, the refugee crisis, racism. As Halliee starts to visit different periods of time, she sees the effects of different political strategies played out: people starving in the wake of the siege of Paris; occupied Paris during the Second World War; 2040 when tensions between a peaceful party and a fascist one are coming to a head. It seeps quietly in to the story, not overpowering it, but becoming a central part of the book.Paris Adrift is a fun, clever and moving book, and I definitely recommend it. It's particularly good if you don't usually like fantasy. I love that Hallie evolves over the course of the story, as do many of the staff she works with. My one little niggle about the book is that there are some tiny set up details about how the time travel works which seemed like they were going to be bigger in the story - like they're setting up a series, rather than a single book. It makes me wonder if this is the start of a series, although the book very much wrapped up tidily. Overall, I'm giving Paris Adrift by E. J. Swift 8 out of 10.[Review first posted on my book blog, link is in my profile. A copy of the book was provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]
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  • Vicky
    January 1, 1970
    admit, I’m a bit of a Francophile. I love all things French: the language, the culture, the food. And Paris. Paris is a great city, diverse, exciting and with a rich and exciting history.When I heard about Paris Adrift, E.J Swift’s new book, then, I couldn’t wait to get stuck in. A book that combines time travel with the French capital, with a bit of romance and adventure mixed in? Sign me up. Also, the cover was amazing.So, I really did like Paris Adrift. It’s set across several time frames, s admit, I’m a bit of a Francophile. I love all things French: the language, the culture, the food. And Paris. Paris is a great city, diverse, exciting and with a rich and exciting history.When I heard about Paris Adrift, E.J Swift’s new book, then, I couldn’t wait to get stuck in. A book that combines time travel with the French capital, with a bit of romance and adventure mixed in? Sign me up. Also, the cover was amazing.So, I really did like Paris Adrift. It’s set across several time frames, starting in an apocalyptic future where a group of time travellers send one of their number back to avert catastrophe and change the past. Where we end up is with Hallie, an eighteen-year-old who’s run away to Paris to escape her overbearing family, and who discovers a singularity, or portal through time, in the basement of the bar she works at.The concept was great. Hallie is a good central character: she’s likeable, with a mysterious traumatic past which of course comes as standard, and serves as our de facto guide to Paris- and of course time travel. The world of the present-day, and Millie’s bar, is a warm, lively place to base the story, with a cast of secondary characters who you feel like would be great fun to get drunk with: flamboyant Angel, haunted Gabriela and mysterious Leon (spoiler: he’s from the future).The problems start to come when the plot kicks off. Don’t get me wrong: I loved the time travel element of the story. They’re like a little series of mini-adventures, as Hallie dives into life in post-Revolution France, World War Two-occupied Paris, and more, with each of her actions having an effect on the present. They’re fun, detailed and well written, sweeping you along on the adventures too- but it takes its toll on the plot, which I felt was a little rambling, and not very structured. What was the plot? Half the time, I couldn’t remember; it didn’t feel relevant.Likewise, the romance subplot felt a little rushed, simply because we didn’t spend enough time with Leon, and the author didn’t flesh out his character enough for a romance to feel plausible. I feel like this could have done with more effort- simply because the impending apocalypse never really felt like a proper threat.Despite that, though, this book was a fun romp through time and space, in a distinctly Francophile setting. Interesting and exciting, it definitely kept me reading to the end- and I’d recommend it to anybody wanting anything different.
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  • Leonie Byrne
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley, EJ Swift and Rebellion Publishing for my ARC of Paris Adrift. Title: Paris Adrift Author: EJ Swift Publication Date: 6th February 2018 Page Count: 320 Pages Quote: '...houses harbour too, the premonitions of things desired and things that are yet to come; the families we may create, the friends we may meet, the lovers whose bodies we may one day embrace.' Rating: 4* Summary In the very distant future, the world has come to an end. Someone finally nuked someone else and th Thank you to Netgalley, EJ Swift and Rebellion Publishing for my ARC of Paris Adrift. Title: Paris Adrift Author: EJ Swift Publication Date: 6th February 2018 Page Count: 320 Pages Quote: '...houses harbour too, the premonitions of things desired and things that are yet to come; the families we may create, the friends we may meet, the lovers whose bodies we may one day embrace.' Rating: 4* Summary In the very distant future, the world has come to an end. Someone finally nuked someone else and there are barely any survivors, radiation pollutes the air and in the House of Janus, the incumbents must do something, only they, The time travellers hold the key to changing the past and ensuring that the human race survives. Hallie is an English geology student who has run away to Paris, here she meets an eclectic band of misfits all her for their own reasons. She starts working at a bar called Millie's, but under the dance floor, deep in the keg room, something calls to her. Something you might call an anomaly. Review Paris Adrift is a very interesting novel. I really liked the themes of time travel, historical fiction and science fiction all rolled into one. EJ Swift's writing is unusual, it's not very descriptive and she doesn't give a lot of background information on her characters, but I didn't dislike this, it was refreshing, and for me, it was what set the novel apart from others in the genre. The storyline was incredibly interesting which made up for the lack of characterisation and world building. I liked the character of Hallie, I think because I got her, she's the sort of girl who drifts in and out of things, a bit neglected, nobody really knowing anything about her and I feel like the novel's writing style totally worked around Hallie's character. I really enjoyed the science fiction and time travel elements, the idea of the end of the world and going back to change it, was again really refreshing, most time travel novels/tv shows/films focus on the idea of not changing the past either because it can't be changed or there will be dire consequences, so it was great to finally read something where changing the past was the whole idea!
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  • K.A. Wiggins
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: reviewing uncorrected digital proof via NetGalley"Adrift" is apt: the author took on a challenging format and offers some true excellence in character writing and worldbuilding, but the experience of reading this book is, for better or worse, as if you're just as adrift, confused, and purposeless as main character Hallie.Hallie's doing the dissipated youth finding herself routine in Paris. But before we find that out, we have to wade through some future revolutionary setup with time- Disclaimer: reviewing uncorrected digital proof via NetGalley"Adrift" is apt: the author took on a challenging format and offers some true excellence in character writing and worldbuilding, but the experience of reading this book is, for better or worse, as if you're just as adrift, confused, and purposeless as main character Hallie.Hallie's doing the dissipated youth finding herself routine in Paris. But before we find that out, we have to wade through some future revolutionary setup with time-travellers who want to go back and change the past to resolve the blighted dystopian future they're living in. This is the frame story and the plot, but Hallie doesn't figure out where she fits into it until extremely late in the game. Instead, she's working and drinking her life away in a bar, hanging out with people who do the same, and - unwillingly at first - hopping through time in the cellar.There's a lot to like at a technical level. Swift conveys that dreamy/nightmarish feeling and atmosphere of being 20-something and finding your group on the road, living in the moment, but with an uneasy awareness that the moment must pass and you're more than where you're stuck now. Paris and the group of international workers at Hallie's bar are conveyed with detailed world-building excellence, including what (as far as my limited French can tell) is accurate and characteristic uses of French.If you think of this as a literary novel, it deserves a high rating. Dreamy, evocative, endlessly confusing, but in a way that hints at careful construction, it's an effective deep-dive into character. But the frame story plot lags as Hallie finds herself, and there are too many mysteries held for too long for it to be effective as a genre work. If you need fast, thriller pacing, spicy romance, or intricate and engage SFF goings-on to enjoy a book, this is not the story for you. If you're happy to invest some time, drift through the story, and maybe reminisce about (or look forward to) your own dissipated youthful travels, this offers much to appreciate. Just sit back and let it flow.
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  • Miriam Joy
    January 1, 1970
    Also reviewed at Miriam Joy Reads: https://miriamjoyreads.wordpress.com/...This book was a pleasant surprise. The opening chapters were somewhat confusing -- a lot of jargon and an overall impression that it would be the kind of time travel narrative that ties your brain up in knots. But from there it improved, especially once it settled into Hallie's viewpoint after a few chapters. It might have been easier to get into if it had started there, but it didn't take too long. So, this is a time tra Also reviewed at Miriam Joy Reads: https://miriamjoyreads.wordpress.com/...This book was a pleasant surprise. The opening chapters were somewhat confusing -- a lot of jargon and an overall impression that it would be the kind of time travel narrative that ties your brain up in knots. But from there it improved, especially once it settled into Hallie's viewpoint after a few chapters. It might have been easier to get into if it had started there, but it didn't take too long. So, this is a time travel narrative, and in some ways it's the kind I don't like: the plot revolves largely around the time travel itself and the effects that it has (paradoxes and changes to the future and suchlike), rather than just being a journey that leads to a story in another time. However, there were a few adventures in the past, which is always fun, and more to the point, the travel itself managed not to get too tangly. I'm not very good at following narratives involving paradoxes and so on, but this one doesn't require that -- it just requires you to vaguely thread together alternate pasts and futures, in a way that isn't overly challenging. Hallie is a strange protagonist. She's got a fair bit of emotional baggage -- neglectful artist parents who don't even notice when she takes a year out of uni to live in Paris, for example. But it's hard to say a lot more about her. She talks about how she lacks a singular focus or passion, and maybe that's what made her so hard to pin down: she didn't exactly stand out as a personality. But she was surprisingly engaging despite that; I didn't actually notice it until I tried to single out the traits I liked about her. She works in a club or bar that sounds like my personal hell on earth, though: every description of her nights at work just made me infinitely glad I'll never have to experience that kind of setting. Other things I liked about this book include the writing style, which was slightly odd and took a while to adjust to. It's a strangely formal narration, especially coming from a 21st century narrator, but it worked, somehow. And while there weren't many of the kind of lines that blow me away and prompt much highlighting on the Kindle, there were a lot of oddly beautiful descriptions that weren't exactly striking but which had a certain style to them. At first I wasn't a fan, but it definitely grew on me. The book is also overtly political, responding directly (in many ways) to the rise of the right wing in much of Europe and featuring resistance to fascist regimes, both past and future. Although this came as a slight surprise because I hadn't known about that from the blurb, I sort of like it when books don't shy away from addressing the very real issues in society, even if they do it through time travel and other fantastical approaches. The ending was also powerful. There were a few chapters where I all but held my breath, and felt like I was ready to cry if things took a turn for the worse. I didn't cry, but I was there. Ready. Just in case.I'm still confused about some of the time travel stuff; about Janus, which seems to be some kind of organisation, and about Leon. I didn't entirely fall for the romance plotline, even though it kind of made sense, because hey, I'm me. There were definitely some parts where I could have used some elucidation. But, overall, I enjoyed it. Especially because it's a while since I read a book that was just... well-written. I've read a couple of disappointingly clumsy books recently, so this made a nice change, even if it took a while for me to adjust to the style.
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  • Karen Barber
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley for what has to be described as one of the most puzzling reads I’ve had recently. This is where I really wish Goodreads had half-star ratings, because this is better than a three star read but it is not one that flows/would be easy to recommend.Our main character is Hallie, a young student, and she decides to travel to Paris on her gap year. There she is taken under the wing of a rather eclectic group of people and she gets a job in Millie’s bar. Once there she makes the surp Thank you NetGalley for what has to be described as one of the most puzzling reads I’ve had recently. This is where I really wish Goodreads had half-star ratings, because this is better than a three star read but it is not one that flows/would be easy to recommend.Our main character is Hallie, a young student, and she decides to travel to Paris on her gap year. There she is taken under the wing of a rather eclectic group of people and she gets a job in Millie’s bar. Once there she makes the surprising discovery that she is an incumbent who can travel through time.What follows is a haunting tale of Paris through the ages. Hallie - with the help of one or two others - is assigned the role of helping rectify issues in history in order to maintain a peaceful future.While I enjoyed the style of the book I did feel it would have engaged me more if some details were revealed earlier. I remain uncertain of the extent to which Hallie (and those like her) were given a choice in their role.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    I’ll be honest; I wanted to read this based on the gorgeous cover and it being a historical time travel themed book. Unfortunately the book just didn’t gel well for me though. The first thing we get a glimpse of as a reader is a soon-to-be post apocalyptic world and we are briefly introduced to some characters that, in affect, are time travellers. They have the idea that sending one of them back to 2017 Paris (where the blood line of the guy with a trigger happy finger on a nuclear button starts I’ll be honest; I wanted to read this based on the gorgeous cover and it being a historical time travel themed book. Unfortunately the book just didn’t gel well for me though. The first thing we get a glimpse of as a reader is a soon-to-be post apocalyptic world and we are briefly introduced to some characters that, in affect, are time travellers. They have the idea that sending one of them back to 2017 Paris (where the blood line of the guy with a trigger happy finger on a nuclear button starts) is a great plan. I read this and was like “wow, this has so much potential, I cannot wait”. After all, the way that the future had been written sounded absolutely amazing - not that I’d want to live there - so the rest of it in a contemporary setting should be great too, right? Wrong. The descriptions of Paris were pretty accurate I will give the author that but I just got bored pretty easily and didn’t care about Hallie much... at all really. The character building left a lot to be desired in my eyes but overall a really good premise for a book and I’m sure it will be somebody else’s cup of tea, just not mine unfortunately. Thank you to the publisher for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Willem
    January 1, 1970
    I got a copy of this from netgalley for an honest review.This started a bit slow but picked up after that. It was a bit up and down at times and felt a little bit disjointed but it suits the subject matter though so not a big deal. It's a bit hard to say if I would recommend this though. For some people I would, for others not so much. It's not the time travel scifi book I expected but I did find it an interesting story told in a novel way. I'll definitely take a look at her other books though a I got a copy of this from netgalley for an honest review.This started a bit slow but picked up after that. It was a bit up and down at times and felt a little bit disjointed but it suits the subject matter though so not a big deal. It's a bit hard to say if I would recommend this though. For some people I would, for others not so much. It's not the time travel scifi book I expected but I did find it an interesting story told in a novel way. I'll definitely take a look at her other books though as I'd like to see what else she has to offer. I'm glad I read it but I wanted more, but that's not the worst thing to take away from a book.
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  • Maranda
    January 1, 1970
    Idea behind the story had merit. Always love a good time travel novel but this was full of paradoxes and struggles. Characters never had any depth or heart so I felt no emotional parallel to them at all. The constant influx of foreign phrases were confusing without the meaning explained. This book was provided by Rebellion Solaris via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars - I did like this, but there was just something didn't quite click for me. Full marks, though, for being something a little bit different: it's not a typical sci-fi time travel novel, but perhaps more about the main character discovering herself as she tries to find a new life. That maybe doesn't sound the most promising, but honestly: the epilogue-y last chapter's self-discovery theme was enough for the extra half mark!Full blog review.
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  • S.J. Budd
    January 1, 1970
    Hallie has enough of her life and during a gap year at university she moves to Paris, there she meets a set of bohemians when she finds work at Millie’s bar located next door to the Moulin Rouge.At first she is daunted by these exotic people but soon enough they feel like family. Just when life is getting comfortable for Hallie she discovers the anomaly, a time portal in the keg room of where she works.I have to admit I'm not a fan of science fiction but this book has truly converted me and I ca Hallie has enough of her life and during a gap year at university she moves to Paris, there she meets a set of bohemians when she finds work at Millie’s bar located next door to the Moulin Rouge.At first she is daunted by these exotic people but soon enough they feel like family. Just when life is getting comfortable for Hallie she discovers the anomaly, a time portal in the keg room of where she works.I have to admit I'm not a fan of science fiction but this book has truly converted me and I can’t wait to get stuck into E.J.Swift’s Osiris Project Trilogy. This was a really gripping book that was also really thought provoking and moving.Paris Adrift is a really cool, it’s Skins meet time travel. I really liked Hallie, she’s struggling to find herself like most people her age but she’s also kick ass and puts her life on the line many times to help complete strangers. It's really refreshing to find a strong female character in genres usually dominated by male writers.There’s a lot in this book, it deals with many themes which are very relevant right now and Hallie’s time travel to a bleak 2042 felt too plausible. The Moulin Vert movement headed by Aide Lefort really resonated with me, I absolutely loved her speech and really wish she could be a real person. I also loved reading about Hallie’s expeditions to 1875 Paris really came alive for me and I just loved all the sub stories going on, particularly Millie’s. Paris Adrift also touches on what it’s like to feel adrift and alone in this big world, whether we’re living the best versions of ourselves. This story is about getting lost in order to find yourself.There’s a good message in this book, that doing small deeds to help strangers can have huge effects later on and the future is something we should all be thinking about.
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  • Daniel Ruffolo
    January 1, 1970
    Paris Adrift is the latest novel from UK author E.J. Swift, and shows us the story of a young student named Hallie as she tries to reinvent herself and distance herself from her past, before finding herself embroiled in a time travel story involving possible manipulation from mysterious forces from the future. A great protagonist in a fascinating plot, with some refreshingly original takes on the mechanics and mechanisms of time travel, this was a very enjoyable read. While I have some mixed fee Paris Adrift is the latest novel from UK author E.J. Swift, and shows us the story of a young student named Hallie as she tries to reinvent herself and distance herself from her past, before finding herself embroiled in a time travel story involving possible manipulation from mysterious forces from the future. A great protagonist in a fascinating plot, with some refreshingly original takes on the mechanics and mechanisms of time travel, this was a very enjoyable read. While I have some mixed feelings about the ending, this was definitely one of the better books I’ve read this year, and I’m absolutely going to go track down the rest of her bibliography and give it a read as well.Read the full review at Strange Currencies:https://strangecurrencies.org/2017/12...
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  • Elaine Aldred
    January 1, 1970
    Hallie has left her old life behind and made for Paris to start afresh, only to find herself inundated by a whole new set of challenges of a most bizarre nature. A strange woman, reveals another world Hallie would rather not know about, yet the insistent and compelling pull of an anomaly plunges Hallie into greater adventures than she could have ever imagined. Before long she is slipping between past and present and losing herself in the process, a piece at a time.This is a novel which leaves th Hallie has left her old life behind and made for Paris to start afresh, only to find herself inundated by a whole new set of challenges of a most bizarre nature. A strange woman, reveals another world Hallie would rather not know about, yet the insistent and compelling pull of an anomaly plunges Hallie into greater adventures than she could have ever imagined. Before long she is slipping between past and present and losing herself in the process, a piece at a time.This is a novel which leaves the reader with a sense of disorientation and that the story is disjointed, as Hallie's strange time slip world begins to coil itself around her and draw her in. This works well because she has just upended her normal existence and is in the process of having her world destabilised even further through erratic shuttling back and forth from present to past and back again. Her first excursion is the most bewildering as the past whorls around Hallie with ferocious speed and blur of activity from its inhabitants. She has to adjust and fast, because she's stuck there until the next anomaly occurs.Hallie's break from her previous life and relocation to Paris, has forced her to live by her wits until she finds her chaotic job in the bar which has an anomaly in its cellar. All this has prepared her well for these shifts through moments in time. As an intelligent opportunist Hallie quickly adjusts and, left with no choice, sets out to complete the tasks she is set by the Chronometrist (an unpleasant individual who shifts between times by inhabiting bodies and unceremoniously disposing of them when she has finished with them).E J Swift has done well with the whole concept of time shift and changing the future, as well as the many scenarios that have been packed into this novel. There's a lot going on, both in terms of plot and relationships (which include a love story). Hallie's relationships, developed by the author on the fly as the narrative accumulates pace like a snowball down a hill, might on a cursory read give the impression they lack depth. But as Hallie appears to live through a haze, her ability to build close personal connections feels like an achievement. The interactions with her friends from the bar reflect the way Hallie is trying to hold onto reality and build her new life while the process of time shifting is physically and mentally tearing her apart.Because of this,bthe story creates a constant sense of unease, making the reader yearn for Hallie to lead a normal life, even though the contribution of her journeys, if successful, will change an apocalyptic future for the better.There is an exciting twist to the tale which raises an interesting debate about the wisdom of sending someone back in time to rewrite the future (how come Dr Who's self-styled morality hasn't caused utter chaos? Or has it somewhere along the line, but time is so expansive it somehow eventually becomes evened out?).Paris Adrift was courtesy of Solaris via NetGalley.
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    Verdict: Fantastically French, but I lost the plot.Hallie defers her last year at uni to escaped to France, and now works in a bar in Paris. Portals begin opening up around her...and she experiences France's past and present...Mini adventures ensue.Okay, that's a bad summary. It's hard to write an honest blurb about this book, because Hallie wasn't an active character. Things happened to her, and she dealt with them as best as possible, but she had no plans or hopes or goals or needs. It gave a Verdict: Fantastically French, but I lost the plot.Hallie defers her last year at uni to escaped to France, and now works in a bar in Paris. Portals begin opening up around her...and she experiences France's past and present...Mini adventures ensue.Okay, that's a bad summary. It's hard to write an honest blurb about this book, because Hallie wasn't an active character. Things happened to her, and she dealt with them as best as possible, but she had no plans or hopes or goals or needs. It gave a sense that the story wasn't going anywhere, and often it didn't. I'd call this a strange book, and one of the reasons is its unique writing style. It's sharp and direct, blunt in places, but somehow vague overall. It's never really clear what's going on - the bigger picture, the goal, the reasons behind the happenings, the motives - and I couldn't decide whether it was done in a mysterious way or a confusing way. Probably a mix of both. Near the middle, things started to get political, and in the last 15%, we finally get introduced to the event which must be stopped. But after waiting for long for the point of the book, I wasn't very invested.So I lost the plot, but I loved the context. There's a mix of English and French dialogue, and atmospheric descriptions of France through different eras. That's what made the book stand out from other time travelling stories, and what gave it an enjoyable edge.Gabriela is also an interesting character. She fears she cannot leave Clichy, and it's not entirely clear what's holding her back: her psychological issues, or something spookier? She's intense at times, and felt very real to me. Millie is another interesting in her own right, and has her stories to tell. Hallie's family also felt like a good change from the usual 'sickly perfect' or 'orphan' cut outs that characters normally stem from. Those aside, I never really understood the other characters, and there were a lot of them. As I've said earlier, they didn't seem to want anything or it wasn't clear what they needed or why, so it was hard to get a good sense of them. All in all, I enjoyed this book, but couldn't see how it was supposed to fit together and my interest waned. It's taught me how to swear in French, too. Source: With thanks to the publishers via NetGalley.com.
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  • Tiffany Miss.Fiction
    January 1, 1970
    Arc provided by netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Paris Adrift is one of the most surprising read of this Winter.Hallie is a young student who has just took some time off from her studies in Geology. She really needs to run from her past, from her family and to reinvent herself somehow. In Paris, she meets an expat community that soon become her new family at the famous Millie’s, a lovely bar next to the Moulin Rouge and she gets caught in something she didn’t see coming and that was wa Arc provided by netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Paris Adrift is one of the most surprising read of this Winter.Hallie is a young student who has just took some time off from her studies in Geology. She really needs to run from her past, from her family and to reinvent herself somehow. In Paris, she meets an expat community that soon become her new family at the famous Millie’s, a lovely bar next to the Moulin Rouge and she gets caught in something she didn’t see coming and that was waiting for her. Millie’s is more than a very special place and Hallie finds herself caught in a time travel story that involves mystery, baffling forces from the future and so much more.Paris Adrift was very entertaining and full of positive and interesting points.First of all, the characters are well conceived and the depth of Hallie was very interesting. The set of friends was fantastic, each character is peculiar and engaging in its own way. The pace of the story is well done, the romance is not out of context but makes total sense and what i appreciated most is the diversity representation of this book.The cast of characters is very diverse and i loved them! Different ethnicity and sexual orientation are part of the book, not as main focus but they make the whole world and story very realistic.I personally struggle with anxiety and panic attacks and this book involves a lot of passages about these topics. The representation wasn’t 100% perfect but i appreciated a lot the efforts and thou they throw around words like psychopath, schizophrenic and borderline to describe characters that were acting weird (you don’t really do that if you suffer from anxiety, since you feel like you are a psychopath yourself), the general representation was on point.The only negative aspect of the whole story was the finale. I’m not really sure how to feel about it, it was a great disappointment after such an intense and entertaining reading experience and it felt disconnected to the plot until that moment. Maybe it’s just me and how i thought the finale should be like but it made me revaluate the whole story.However, Paris Adrift is a very enjoyable, entertaining and interesting story. It’s quiet surprising page after page and i didn’t know which direction the plot would take or see anything coming. Definitely better than so many more notorious novels.
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  • Jared
    January 1, 1970
    Paris Adrift is Swift's best novel yet: a time-travelling adventure that, despite the cosmic stakes, is bravely and beautifully intimate. Despite the apocalyptic backdrop, Paris is also wistfully hopeful - a novel of ordinary, extraordinary heroism.Cleverly, Paris never conceals its stakes. At the very beginning, we see the world coming to a horrific end. A band of time travellers identify its last - and only - hope: if only a few small things can be changed, disaster can be avoided. Cut to - Ha Paris Adrift is Swift's best novel yet: a time-travelling adventure that, despite the cosmic stakes, is bravely and beautifully intimate. Despite the apocalyptic backdrop, Paris is also wistfully hopeful - a novel of ordinary, extraordinary heroism.Cleverly, Paris never conceals its stakes. At the very beginning, we see the world coming to a horrific end. A band of time travellers identify its last - and only - hope: if only a few small things can be changed, disaster can be avoided. Cut to - Hallie; modern day. She's a Docs-wearing student dropout who has found her way Clichy, desperately looking for a bar (or any) job. What she finds at Millie's bar is more than employment: she finds friendship and family amongst its community of overeducated, underachieving expat outcasts. Oh, also, a time portal.Hallie is, of course, our unlikely saviour. The events required to Heal the World need Hallie to push x slot and y lever (temporally speaking). But she's never done this before, her only guide is a phantasmal psychopath, and, as you can expect, there will be some floundering involved. Things happen - across multiple eras, Hallie makes decisions, time passes, etc. As an adventure, Paris Adrift is never coy. We know (even if Hallie doesn't) what is happening, why it is important.However, taken as more introspective novel, one of self-discovery, Paris is constantly surprising. Why is Hallie an unlikely saviour? Why do we start from the expectation - shared by Hallie! - that she can't achieve greatness? Hallie and her friends (in all times) are held captive in Clichy, cast (figuratively) adrift from the rest of the world by their pasts and their constructed self-image; their fears and their doubts. Hallie is chosen - a time traveller - not through any cosmic intention, but because of sheer, random probability. Which means, if she can do it, so can we all. More Pompidou Posse than The Time Machine, closer to The Goldfinch than 11.22.63, Paris Adrift uses science fiction's largest and most unwieldy mechanic for its smallest and most intimate stakes: this isn't about the world, it is about Hallie. Paris is a story about significance at every level, individually and collectively; ultimately, whether that's in time, life, or simply one's outlook - this is a poetic demonstration of how little changes make big differences. Despite being a novel that's - literally! - timeless, you couldn't find a work more wonderfully fitting for 2018.
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  • Sabrina Fox
    January 1, 1970
    This was a slow read for me, but I enjoyed it when I made it to the end. I chalk this up to me not being a big science-fiction fan as opposed to the story being not up to par.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 This was a slow read for me, but I enjoyed it when I made it to the end. I chalk this up to me not being a big science-fiction fan as opposed to the story being not up to par.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.
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  • CJ
    January 1, 1970
    I was suckered in by the cover on this one. It is stunning. Reminds me of the great artist James Jean. A stunning cover + time travel. My expectations were high, and unfortunately, it didn't quite meet them.I quite liked the time travel aspects of the story, and how the author didn't describe all the intricacies and science of her time travel. Some of these were gradually revealed and realised as the story progressed. What I didn't like was the main character was a bit bland and the emotion and I was suckered in by the cover on this one. It is stunning. Reminds me of the great artist James Jean. A stunning cover + time travel. My expectations were high, and unfortunately, it didn't quite meet them.I quite liked the time travel aspects of the story, and how the author didn't describe all the intricacies and science of her time travel. Some of these were gradually revealed and realised as the story progressed. What I didn't like was the main character was a bit bland and the emotion and pacing was off. The build up for the dramatic reveals wasn't there so the plot twists and climax didn't peak, it was just an 'oh so that happened' moment. And of course after finishing the book you have that thought you do at the end of all time travel books, 'but if she can time travel, then she can just go back a few days before the last jump and change XX so that thing doesn't happen'. Time travel... it's a vicious circle that messes with your head... I love it!I liked the creepy Chronometrist, but her role as a "guide" could have been so much more. I would definitely read more stories set in this world.Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for the ARC
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  • Paul Allard
    January 1, 1970
    Difficult book to categorise- chick lit with time travel?Although not really my type of novel, I read it through to the end to see how the plot develops. It centres around Hallie, an English young woman, arriving in Paris to get away from her family and university life. She encounters many characters, especially at work, but also finds herself time-travelling to help others ( a bit Quantum Leap / Sliders).Without giving too much away, she finds love and a purpose. The plot moves along a bit slow Difficult book to categorise- chick lit with time travel?Although not really my type of novel, I read it through to the end to see how the plot develops. It centres around Hallie, an English young woman, arriving in Paris to get away from her family and university life. She encounters many characters, especially at work, but also finds herself time-travelling to help others ( a bit Quantum Leap / Sliders).Without giving too much away, she finds love and a purpose. The plot moves along a bit slowly as the characters are developed and there’s a fair amount of introspection. There are some nice stylistic moments but generally the book did not excite me although I “enjoyed” the possible future of Paris.
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