Paris Adrift

Paris Adrift

by E.J. Swift


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781085936
Publisher: Solaris
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 838,154
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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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Paris Adrift 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Yzabel More than 1 year ago
[NOTE: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley.] I love myself a time travel story, and both the premise as well as the cover here caught my eye. Unfortunately, even though ultimately it was a quick an easy read (as opposed to a book I trudged through), I wasn’t sold on the story or the characters. I think this is due to the prologue letting me expect a more ‘targetted’ time travel story: a group of time travellers (called ‘incumbents’) holed up in a bunker in Prague, the world dying around them due to a nuclear apocalypse. This war having been triggered by a speech made at the Sacre-Coeur in Paris, the group decides to send one of them back in time in order to prevent that man’s lineage from ever starting. But there’s a catch here: these incumbents can only travel using ‘anomalies’ to which they’re attuned, and since they can’t use someone else’s Anomaly, in this case they need to send someone with an Anomaly in Paris. Which turns out to be Léon, an incumbent with too many travels under his belt, who may or may not be able to perform -all- the time jumps needed to alter the past. Léon does jump, but his aim tis to find a budding traveller in 2017 Paris, and guide them to discover their Anomaly, then to perform the required jumps while they’re still ‘fresh’, so to speak. Along with Léon comes the chronometrist, a former traveller who lost her body (and probably her sanity, too), and whose task is to guide the new incumbent. …And that’s where it started to turn wrong, because for most of the book, the plot felt only remotely touched, with our new incumbent, Hallie, being guided in such a circumvented way that from beginning to end, I’m not sure she really got what she was doing. And I’m not sure why that was, considering one of Léon’s directives (stated in the prologue, no spoiler here) was to guide her once her ‘mission’ was accomplished, but that… didn’t happen? It was weird. It mostly consisted of Hallie stumbling through her Anomaly, ending up in a different period, bumbling around trying not to get in trouble, with the chronometrist taunting her now and then. It tied up in the end, yet I never got rid of the feeling that plot-wise, the book was plodding rather than making progress. Character-wise, too, I believe that time spent on stumbling around was meant for character development, but in the end, I didn’t get that much of a feel for Hallie and the people around her, and they end up rather boring to me. Now, to be fair, I really liked the way the novel approached solutions to ‘prevent a person from being born’. In a lot of time travel stories, the usual approach is to kill them (the Sarah Connor effect), which obviously raises its lot of ethical questions. Here, Hallie found (well, was pushed to) other ways, and that was refreshing to see.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this digital ARC in exchange for my honest review. I'm honestly still trying to wrap my head around how I felt about this book! I loved the cover, the artwork is gorgeous and draws the eye. The book itself was enjoyable to read and I found myself coming back to it intrigued to see what would happen next, but more often than not I was also a bit confused by certain key elements to the plot. Paris Adrift is a time travel story, with a dystopian tinge mixed into it. Hallie's Paris is remarkably similar to our own Paris; however, in Hallie's world time travel exists via the anomalies (a sort of portal?) and the incumbents who are capable of using their specific anomaly. When she acquires a job at a bar called Millie's, Hallie soon discovers her anomaly and her identity as an incumbent. At the behest of the body-swapping chronometrist Hallie is sent back in time to alter something and the subsequent repercussions change her life and the lives of those around her in interesting ways. I found the descriptions of time travel lacking in something. There were never any real descriptions of what exactly the anomalies were and how they worked. I did like that the anomaly itself was considered it's own entity and functioned almost as a separate being rather than simply being a conduit. The addition of the wacky, and scary chronometrist was a great touch, but I would have liked to learn more about her. There were a lot of threads in this story that just didn't get neatly tied away for me by the end of things. I don't know if it was because Hallie traveled so often to so many different time periods, or if it was just the writing style, but something about this aspect of the story just didn't work for me. I did find the descriptions of the character's time in the alternate history interesting, I liked the dystopian feel of it and the way the author tied in Hallie's connection to that change in history. I loved the concept of this book and the unique way the author took on time-travel, but I think some of the elements could have used just a bit more fleshing out. I enjoyed the characters in this story and especially loved the found family Hallie developed as she continued at Millie's. Overall, it was an enjoyable and unique read!
PaulAllard More than 1 year ago
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.
MusicInPrint More than 1 year ago
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."