Information about Guy Adams:
Guy Adams is the author of The World House novels, the Deadbeat series and the weird westerns The Good, the Bad and the Infernal and Once Upon a Time in Hell. He has also written many other books.
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Information about The Change:
The Change 1: London - Orbital
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 he is 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 Change 2: New York - The Queen of Coney Island
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 Change 3: Paris - A City of Fools
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...
A REVIEW OF GUY ADAMS' THE CHANGE (VOL. 1-3)
This is a joint review about the first three volumes of Guy Adams' The Change (The Change 1: London - Orbital, The Change 2: New York - The Queen of Coney Island and The Change 3: Paris - A City of Fools).
Guy Adams' The Change is an imaginative and intriguing take on post-apocalyptic and dystopian YA science fiction. It's a welcome addition to YA science fiction, because the author breathes much-needed freshness into the genre by writing about how the world has changed since the strange and mysterious event called The Change, which killed many people and caused many shocking changes and mutations.
The Change invites readers on a thrilling journey into a changed world where familiar things have become something weird and unexpected, not to mention dangerous. Almost everything has changed and nothing is impossible, because The Change has affected humans, nature and places in startling ways.
I like the author's way of combining science fiction, suspense, humour and macabre elements, because he does it in an entertaining way. I especially like his ability to make this series distinctly different from other similar kind of series, because he stays true to his own voice and delivers suspense and surprises in a highly enjoyable way. He has succeeded in creating a YA sci-fi series that is both imaginative and inventive.
Here's a bit of information about volumes 1, 2 and 3 and my thoughts about them:
The Change, vol. 1: London - Orbital
- A young man wakes up on the outskirts of London and doesn't remember anything about the Change. He doesn't even remember his own name, but finds a name, Howard Philips, in a notebook and assumes it is his name. When Howard begins to investigate his surroundings he finds a man called Teodor how warns him of nighttime dangers and advises him to stay safe during the night. Soon he meets Hubcap who introduces him to an odd group of survivors who act in a slightly mad way, but have a good heart. Howard has a feelings that he needs to travel to London...
- The author writes excellently about how The Change has changed everything in the world. Nobody knows how the world was changed or why it was changed. Monsters can lurk everywhere and anything can be out there, anything. Only a few people have survived The Change. Most animals have also changed and become dangerous to humans.
- It was fascinating to read about the monster that moved between the cars and what it did to people, because some of the scenes were intriguingly brutal.
The Change, vol. 2: New York - The Queen of Coney Island
- Grace tries to find her brother, but can't go anywhere without the Queen of Coney Island's permission. One day she meets a man who calls himself God and asks him about the Queen whose permission is needed to get to the river. God joings Grace and together they start a journey towards Coney Island and the Queen. When they meet the Queen, they have to enter an amusement called Dreamland and feed the babies...
- The author writes well about what Grace has been through and how she was treated by her Uncle Ray. He also writes exceptionally well about how religion can be used to harm people. His vision of Grace's childhood and her experiences in the hands of her uncle are unsettling and thought-provoking.
- God is an interesting character, because he's a bearded man who believes that he is God, but refuses to show his possible abilities.
- The awakening Dreamland is quite a sight to behold. It was fascinating to read about what happened in Dreamland, because it was not the same amusement park as it used to be before The Change.
The Change, vol. 3: Paris - A City of Fools
- Loïc lives in the catacombs under Paris with other survivors. He found Adrien during one of his food runs and has taken care of him ever since then. One day Adrien is kidnapped by the Impressionists and Loïc has to travel to the Louvre to get him back. Soon Loïc notices that the Impressionist are not the only ones that are dangerous, because there are also other fatal threats...
- The author gives his readers an interesting glimpse into a changed Paris where living has become dangerous and where such amazing and menacing creastures as men who are made of paint and needle-fingered Tricoteuse can be found.
- I think that readers who know a thing or two about "The Phantom of the Opera" will find certain scenes especially interesting, because the story features familiar characters, including Christine Daaé who has quite a powerful voice.
Each of these novellas has its own story, but together they form a larger story about The Change.
The characterisation is handled well, because Guy Adams fluently describes what has happened to the characters and how they have learned to cope in the changed world. It was interesting to read about how the characters lived and what they had to do in order to stay alive, because their lives were anything but easy. The protagonists (Howard, Grace and Loïc) are strong characters whose lives have forever changed by the instantaneous event.
The action scenes are good and I found myself liking them. The author delivers fast-paced action scenes that convey how the characters feel about their situation and how they do their best to survive in a hostile environment that may kill them at any time. Living has become dangerous and dying is easy, because many kinds of threats surround the survivors and may catch them unawares.
I found the worldbuilding to be successful, because Guy Adams doesn't spend much time on describing the most obvious elements associated with post-apocalyptic YA fiction, but goes straight into business. I like the author's way of exploring what has become of London, New York and Paris and their residents, because it has a fresh feel to it.
The various mutations and changes that have occurred in nature and humans are fascinating (some of the changes are brutal, cruel and unpredictable), because even the most impossible things seem to have become possible after The Change. For example, pigeons can be extremely deadly (their vicious behaviour reminded me a bit of the birds in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds). The monsters intrigued me a lot, because you don't normally see anything like them in this kind of YA science fiction.
I like the author's writing style, because he knows how to entertain his readers and raises questions that make readers want to find out more about the world. His fast-paced storytelling impressed me, because everything about it feels energetic. I was also impressed by his sense of humour, because he uses humorous elements to his advantage.
What's perhaps best about The Change is that it has little in common with many popular YA sci-fi series (The Hunger Games, The Divergent Trilogy etc) that have come to dominate the genre. It felt refreshing to read this series, because it was highly imaginative. I admire the author for his courage to write something different, because too many authors take the easy way out and end up writing stale YA stories.
I give The Change strong four stars on the scale from one to five stars. I look forward to reading the next three novellas (volumes 4, 5 and 6), because I have a feeling that they will be something special.
If you have a taste for post-apocalyptic and dystopian YA science fiction or if you're just looking for a good book to read, you should not hesitate to read Guy Adams' The Change, because it's highly enjoyable escapism and offers plenty of enjoyment to those who love thrilling and imaginative fiction. It's a satisfyingly entertaining, fast-paced and furious glimpse into a changed world where many things are different.
Entertaining YA science fiction!