The Change: London/New York/Paris – Reviews

Title: The Change: London – Orbital, New York – The Queen of Coney Island, Paris – A City of Fools 

Author: Guy Adams

Genre: Horror, Teens & YA

Publisher: Solaris Books

Publication Date: July 13th 2017

Where were you when the world changed? 

One minute everything was fine and the next…they arrived. Those that saw them died instantly. The unlucky ones survived. Now unimaginable things straight out of nightmares roam the streets of our towns and cities. Nothing is impossible. Nowhere is safe. And no one can escape The Change…

Howard doesn’t know where he is or how he got there. He’s not even sure his name is Howard. But he knows his in trouble. 

Alone on a stretch of motorway jammed with broken down cars full of corpses and strange creatures, Howard falls in with a motorbike gang living in a nearby service station. 

But even The Kingdom of the Welcome Break can’t keep him safe. Something is moving between the rows of cars, something that used to be human but now clanks with metal, hisses with hydraulics, and is always on the lookout for new parts…

The first book in a 6 book novella series, aimed at the Young Adult market, and featuring protagonists trapped in a world irrevocably changed.

As these books are quite short and make up a series I thought I’d review them together. The first book, London – Orbital, is very post-apocalyptic. I suppose you could say that of them all, but this one I felt was very dreary and oppressive. I liked the overall story, but I felt this one was quite horrific in places and I don’t think I would have enjoyed it if I were a teen. It reminded me a little of The Thing, and if I were a teen reading this it would give me nightmares. Maybe teenagers have stronger stomachs these days. Overall I enjoyed it but I’d definitely say it’s for older rather than younger teens.

Grace just wants to find her brother, but she can’t go anywhere without the Queen of Coney Island’s permission to travel. 

Now the Queen demands payment and Grace and her new friend, a man in a false beard who believes he is God, must journey into the nightmare world of Dreamland, a tourist park whose attractions are as lethal as they are bizarre.

The second book in a 6 book novella series, aimed at the Young Adult market, and featuring protagonists trapped in a world irrevocably changed.

I enjoyed the second book in the series far more than the first, probably because of the humour that was interspersed in the story. It is set in the same world as the first book, but in a different location and with different characters. My favourite character being God. He added so much humour to the story and stopped it from being as bleak as the first book. There were still some gruesome scenes, but I felt it wasn’t quite as scary as the first book and I enjoyed the story more because of this.

Loïc’s friend Adrien is gone, kidnapped by the Impressionists, bizarre men made of paint who roam the Parisian catacombs. Now, if Loïc wants to see Adrien again, he must travel to the Louvre and bring him back from the lair of the strange – and deadly – Impressionists. 

But the paint-men are not the only threat lurking in Paris, and Loïc must face down the needle-fingered Tricoteuse, the blade-mouthed Madame Loisette, and the dark secrets that haunt the footlights of the Grand Guignol…

The third title in a 6 book novella series, aimed at the Young Adult market, and featuring protagonists trapped in a world irrevocably changed.

The third book in the series was a bit of a mixture. Not as gruesome as the first and not as funny as the second, but I did enjoy the story and loved the Paris location. The Grand Guignol location reminded me a bit of Interview with a Vampire, and I could picture the scenes playing out in my mind. Overall, I think I would recommend this series, but only to older teens, as I feel some of the imagery is a bit too graphic for younger readers.

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