Monday, May 2, 2016

Smoke by Dan Vyleta

Smoke: A Novel

     I was sent this for an honest review.

     This book takes place in England about a century ago. In this world, people who do or think wrong smoke from their bodies to show the wrong. The gentle class does not smoke, but the lower class is covered in black soot from the Smoke. London is a grimy, sooty place of wickedness and sin, and the upper class come into the city to indulge in the Smoke by volunteering in the city to help those less fortunate.

     Thomas and Charlie are two young boys that attend an elite boarding school and are led on a journey of their own into London. Here they search for the original source of the Smoke, witness tension between those who embrace the Smoke and those set against it, and find their own way in a Smoke filled world.

     I enjoyed this fantasy story of an alternate England. I believe Mr. Vyleta did an excellent job of creating the Smoke and its history. I found myself at a tug-of-war within quite often throughout the book. What is right? What is wrong? The different points of view given gave a richness to the story line and added depth to this alternate world. This was a fantastical adventure of right vs wrong.

     I rated this 4/5 stars and recommend it.

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