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Gle 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 suspenseful. 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

REVIEW Smoke By Dan Vyleta

Smoke By Dan Vyleta

Eir 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 trian. 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 thoughts or deeds different colors of smoke will rise from you and everyone can see itThe story opens at a prestigious boys boarding school and we see the bullying that happens when people s sins are obvious and open to judgment thanks to the smoke We thank the smoke is a chilling phrase the boys are taught to say en masse We meet our two heroes Thomas and Charlie and we meet our villain Julius One of my favorite scenes was the opening one in which the boys hold a secret meeting in the middle of the night Julius holds court over the boys asking them probing uestions and testing to see if they ll show smokeThen the boys take a trip to London where they see how extensive the smoke is among the lower classes and they witness a public execution The events that day set the second part of the story in motion in which Thomas and Charlie get invited to a wealthy relative s house in the country and they learn some dangerous secrets about the origins of the smoke And if you re wondering where the hell are the women in this story we ll finally meet two of them out in the countryIn the third act of the novel the boys are on the run for their lives and Julius has become even terrifying This is where the book took a turn toward horror with Julius like a demon walking the earth This was my least favorite part and I was ready for the story to endMy complaints about Smoke involve both its structure and some writing uirks Some of the parts really dragged and there were sections with too much exposition and infodumping I don t need an encyclopedia of details about the different colors of smoke thank you While reading I really struggled with how I was going to rate this book because there are aspects to admire here but I was also frustrated with the pacing and story developmentOther reviewers liked this novel than I did and perhaps you will love it too In the end I can say I m glad I read it and I was intrigued enough by its cleverness that I will look up of the author s workFinally I have to praise the design of the book cover which features the gorgeous Monet painting Houses of Parliament It s a beautifully haunting image and it s perfect for this story I was also tickled by the choice since I got to see another painting in that Monet series earlier this summer at the National Gallery in London Even though I didn t love this book I enjoyed seeing that book cover on my nightstand every dayFavorite uotesDan Vyleta chose some amazing passages from famous writers to include between the different sections of his book and those uotes really helped set the tone and gave some historical context for the rest of the story Here were some of my favoritesWhen one remembers under what conditions the working people live when one thinks how crowded their dwellings are how every nook and corner swarms with human beings how sick and well sleep in the same room in the same bed the only wonder is that a contagious disease like this fever does not spread yet farther Friedrich Engels The Condition of the Working Class in England 1845I asked him whether there was a great fire anywhere For the street were so full of dense brown smoke that scarcely anything was to be seen Oh dear no miss he said This is a London particular I had never heard of such a thing A fog miss said the young gentleman Oh indeed said I Charles Dickens Bleak House 1853Imagine that you yourself are building the edifice of human destiny with the object of making people happy of giving them peace and rest at last but for that you must inevitably and unavoidably torture just one tiny creature and raise your edifice on the foundation of her unreuited tears would you agree to be the architect on such conditions Tell me the truth Fyodor Dostoevsky The Brothers Karamazov 1880

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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 th. 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 upper class boys boarding school near Oxford And at first it is compelling Thomas and Charlie are the protagonists each likable and sympathetic enough to capture our interest The narration is mostly third person but slips into many first person accounts and the writing style is dense and descriptive but this suits the setting and atmosphere of the novelThere s a darkness and fear to this world that keeps the pages turning for the first few chapters Crazy religious zealots and innocent teenage boys are a combination that draws us in Unfortunately though somewhere towards the end of the first 25% this book becomes unspeakably dull It loses its compelling rhythm surrounding the way the smoke is used to punish the boys and the hint at mysteries and lies behind it Instead we get pages and pages of description about country life fancy manors and characters far less interesting than Thomas and CharlieThe denseness of the narrative works when paired with a plot that intrigues but it felt like wading through thick mud when the plot slowed down and nothing was happening The time we spent in this slow section which I m sure eventually gives way to interesting things again the less I cared about the story and the fate of the charactersBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store


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 upper class boys' boarding school near Oxford And at first it is compelling Thomas and Charlie are the p

  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 Th

  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 Thin

  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

  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 thoughts or deeds different colors of smoke will rise from you and everyone can see itThe story opens at a pres

  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

  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 ot

  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

  9. says:

    I loved Dan Vyleta’s previous novels particularly “The uiet Twin” a dark historical mystery and so was thrilled to hav

  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 saying Dickens? Hmm that's not uite it And suddenly it sprang at me Joan Aiken Yes Aiken has than a touc

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