What You Need To Know:
Title: Paris: A City of Fools
Author: Guy Adams
Number of Pages: 122
Genres: Post Apocalypse, Horror, Middle Grade, YA
Series/Standalone: The third book in ‘The Change’ Series
Publisher: Solaris Books
Publication Date: 13th July, 2017
Rating: Three Stars
One minute everything was fine and the next … they arrived. Those that saw them died instantly. The unlucky ones survived. Loïc is one of them and his friend, Adrien, is gone, kidnapped but the Impressionists, bizarre men made of paint who roan the Parisian catacombs. Now, if Loïc wants to see Adrien again, he has to go up to the surface where unimaginable things straight out of nightmares roam the streets. Nothing is impossible. Nowhere is safe. And no one can escape The Change.
I was sent this book (and it’s two predecessors) from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. And once again this book follows the same flaws as the other two books in the series. Here are my thoughts on London: Orbital and New York: The Queen of Coney Island if you’re interested.
This, by far, is the most imaginative book yet from this series. The Impressionists are made of paint and inside the Louvre hundreds of other works of art have come to life. Not to mention a guillotine that hungry for blood. The variety of creatures truly shows off the creative side to this author which I do bow down to slightly. He truly has no fear when showing off these bizarre characters. Yet I felt because of this the rest of the world was lacking.
Besides the existence of the aforementioned characters, I had no idea where we were and I felt nothing for our main trio. There were several jarring moments in the narrative that I didn’t even realise our main character was male until the final twenty pages of the book.
In order to pick these books up to the standard that they should belong to, the author needs to spend more time setting the scene and developing the characters instead of flying through the tale. These books do have the unique premise to be wonderful but they are just missing the needed umph from the author to get them there.
Overall, this book was witty and had some hilarious scenes but it was just lacking in depth. With work it could fill the gaping void between Middle Grade and YA. But I still need to know this: what happened to Howard and Grace!
Book Total of 2017 – 115