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Summary Smoke by Dan Vyleta

Alternate cover edition can be found here“The laws of Smoke are complex Not every lie will trigger it A fleeting thought of evil may pass unseen; a fib an excuse a piece of flattery Next thing you know its smell is in your nose There is no hateful smell in the world than the smell of Smoke” England A century ago give or take a few years   An England where people who are wicked in thought or deed are marked by the Smoke that pours forth from their bodies a sign of their fallen state The aristocracy do not smoke proof of t. This is a dark atmospheric and imaginative dystopian novel that feels intensely like a world that is Victorian and Dickensian This is society divided by Smoke which marks the poor whose clothes and bodies are clearly marked by soot and smoke The rich and powerful use it as an instrument of power and control The well off do not smoke either through discipline or through underhand subversion of smoke with the use of specific sweets and cigarettes available to those in power We become acuainted with Thomas and Charlie pupils at a boarding school in Oxford and erstwhile friends Thomas has a dark soul uick to anger his father was a murderer a fate he is certain that he will share Charlie by comparison is level headed compassionate and loyal in character We become aware of JuliusCaesar an odd sinister and dark character who loathes Thomas A visit to London introduces the boys to the heavily smoke filled city where Charlie sights an Angel a man who seems to be completely free of smoke and Thomas observes an old man collecting the darkest of soot from a woman that has just been hungCharles and Thomas are invited to Baron Naylor s estate where they meet Lady Naylor and become privy to secrets plans to revolutionise society experimentation special cigarettes and sweets They are startled to discover Julius is Lady Naylor s son from a previous marriage and experience further unsettling and malevolant behaviour from him Livia is Lady Naylor s daughter who disapproves of her mother but her and Charlie become close Thomas Charlie and Livia go on the run as attempts to kill them spook them Thomas is badly injured when he is shot Charlie attempts to secure further information from Renfrew one of the teachers but barely escapes after enduring a harrowing experience in Oxford The three eventually reunite to continue their investigations in London at the home of the smokeless angel that is Tobias Grendel a man who feels cursed to a half life Livia becomes romantically entangled with Thomas and Charlie which binds the three of them ever closer together A murderous Julius in the meantime has become consumed by the darkest of soot partaken through a special mask A trail of death follows in his wake He is determined to catch up with Thomas Becoming aware of the plans of Lady Raynor and Sebastian an engineer and the connection with the London sewer system and their need to save a young child the three friends enter the dark sewers Thomas Charlie and Livia come to contemplate the nature of Smoke and where they hope the answers might lie This leads them to make a momentous decision to enter a brave new worldThis was a compelling and gripping read that entices and beguiles the reader I found the story tense suspenseful and entrancing The three young characters are beautifully drawn and developed throughout the novel The plotting and world building is superb I hope the author continues to write another book about this world Highly recommended and wonderful read Thanks to Rebecca Gray and Orion for an ARC

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Smoke by Dan Vyleta

Ngle A desperate chase Revolutionaries and secret police Religious fanatics and coldhearted scientists Murder A London filled with danger and wonder A tortured relationship between a mother and a daughter and a mother and a son Unexpected villains and unexpected heroes Cool reason versus passion Rich versus poor Right versus wrong though which is which isn’t clear   This is the world of Smoke a narrative tour de force a tale of Dickensian intricacy and ferocious imaginative power richly atmospheric and intensely suspensefu. One of the benefits of a cross country airline flight is a lot of sitting without other distractions competing for your time Without a back and forth trip this weekend I m not sure how long it would have taken me to finish this bookI should start by saying that upon reflection I m not sure this is really the book for me however I think a lot of people will love itSmoke tells the alternate history version of Victorian England where people emit a smoke whenever they do something bad like tell a lie lose their temper think a bad thought steal etc And yet some people namely those in the church government the rich and those in authority don t seem to smoke The poor uneducated powerless smoke all the timeThe premise of the book is fascinating The first chapter actually the first third of the book is so well written I was completely engaged Then the book starts to get a bit convoluted and I lost interest Its 448 pages seemed to drag on eternally I attribute this partially to the story losing focus and partially to me just not being the right audience for this alternate realityscience fictiondystopian sort of bookIn spite of my issues with the book I am always amazed at how closely fiction mirrors reality even wildly creative fiction like this Characters in this book want to remove all foreigners from England build walls and the divide between rich and poor is startling Vyleta had to have written this book long before the US Presidential campaign but the themes sounded eerily similar25 stars rounded up to 3 for creativity and originality Thank you to NetGalley and Doubleday for a galley of this book in exchange for an honest review

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Heir virtue and right to rule while the lower classes are drenched in sin and soot An England utterly strange and utterly real   An elite boarding school where the sons of the wealthy are groomed to take power as their birthright Teachers with mysterious ties to warring political factions at the highest levels of government  Three young people who learn everything they’ve been taught is a lie – knowledge that could cost them their lives A grand estate where secrets lurk in attic rooms and hidden laboratories A love tria. I received this on a read to review basis from NetGalley Thank you to the author Dan Vyleta and the publisherHarper Collins for this opportunitySmoke is the name for the physical transmutation that appears on a person s body and clothing as a physical sign of their internal sin Whether in thought or deed the sinners are marked for society to judge by the severity of the smoke that marks their physiognomy This leads to an almost religiously fanatic feel to permeate the book and often reads like a religious or moralistic parable in the depiction of society s treatment and judgement of the sinners What is counted as sin can often be something as human as lust or something as immoral as murder Bad thoughts and bad deeds alike are visible and this leads to a society of restrained individuals that appear Victorian in their abstemiousness The obviousness of the satirical approach of the novel only served to heighten the absurdity of the lengths individuals would go to to disprove their sin and to prevent its occurrenceThe ambiguities I encountered whilst reading this I could completely forgive as the world building and the creation of the magic system of sorts was on such a phenomenal scale especially given the length of the book that any attempt at a further justification would have only furthered muddied the already complex descriptions given This book is clever no denying that and reading this is like attempting to view the world through layers of smoke there are layers upon layers to both narrative and plot shadowed corners that are only to be revealed when the author allows and a dark and brooding atmosphere that permeates the entire text I was enraptured with this world and the characters therein and cannot wait to dive into the next installment


10 thoughts on “Smoke by Dan Vyleta

  1. says:

    DNF 50%This book has a fascinating premise Part historical fiction part paranormal dystopia it imagines a Victorian world where sin is visible in the form of an ugly smoke that leaks directly from a person's body Imagine it your anger lust and shame displayed for the world to seeThe beginning opens in a rich u

  2. says:

    This is a dark atmospheric and imaginative dystopian novel that feels intensely like a world that is Victorian and Dickensian This is society divided by Smoke which marks the poor whose clothes and bodies are clearly marked by soot and smoke The rich and powerful use it as an instrument of power and control The well off do not smoke either through discipline or through underhand subversion of smoke with the use of spe

  3. says:

    Smoke is stunning and sublime A piece of fiction like this does not come along very often This is a firm favourite of mine now forever Totally adored it I'm stunned by so many low reviews TrulyThis book has the most fascinating plot uite simply your sin shows to the world as soot smoke grime on your body and clothes Think

  4. says:

    Smoke by Dan Vyleta was bloody marvelous From the first line in the bookThomas Thomas Wake up which 'did' grab my attentionto the very last sentence of the book I'm still smiling ear to ear but I'm not dishing out this lineI had a BLAST OF FUN hanging out with the teenagers Charlie Thomas and Livia all of noble birth There is adventure dystopia adventure mystery rich vs the poor and young love There are political and moral overtones with t

  5. says:

    This is a novel in which I admired what the author was trying to do — I appreciated his vision and cleverness of story — but ultimately this is a flawed book and it didn't completely work for me Smoke is set in Victorian England but it's a revised version Characters in this world show their sin by smoke So if you have sinful t

  6. says:

    I received this on a read to review basis from NetGalley Thank you to the author Dan Vyleta and the publisherHarper Collins for this opportunitySmoke is the name for the physical transmutation that appears on a person's body and clothing as a physical sign of their internal sin Whether in thought or deed the sinners are ma

  7. says:

    The concept of this book was very intriguing It deals with a world in which you literally start smoking when you sin In other words sin is very visible and at school you are taught to try and hide your sins It's

  8. says:

    One of the benefits of a cross country airline flight is a lot of sitting without other distractions competing for your time Without a back and forth trip this weekend I'm not sure how long it would have taken me to finish this bookI should start by saying that upon reflection I'm not sure this is really the book for me; however I think a lot of people will love itSmoke tells the alternate history version of Vi

  9. says:

    I loved Dan Vyleta’s previous novels particularly “The uiet Twin” a dark historical mystery and so was thrilled to have the chance to review his latest offering “Smoke” is a very different novel to his previous work but will hopefully bring him a whole new audience which has to be a good thingThe novel begins at a prestigious boys boarding school in an alternate England It has a sort of Victorian steam punk f

  10. says:

    I'm uite certain that reviews of this book will make much of its 'Dickensian' atmosphere and setting The author is clearly aiming for such with uotes from Dickens included However something kept poking at me say

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