Paris Adrift by E.J. Swift
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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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