Sunday, February 11, 2018

Paris Adrift by E.J. Swift

Montmartre, Paris

The anomaly is waiting is waiting. It has been waiting for a long time, although the anomaly's sense of time differs from a conventional understanding, given the peculiarities of its nature. It does not know exactly what, or rather who, it is waiting for, but it will recognise them when they come. The anomaly is ready. Its hunger grows.

Publisher: Solaris
Release date: February 6, 2018
Format: Paperback ARC via publisher
Pages: 379

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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. 


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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