Smoke (Paperback)
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Paperback 448 Pages / Published: 06/04/2017
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Imagine a world in which every bad thought you had was made visible. Where anger, hatred and envy appeared as a thick, infectious smoke pouring from your body, leaving soot on your skin. A society controlled by an elite who have learned to master their darkest desires.

Thomas and Charlie are friends at a boarding school near Oxford, where the children of the rich and powerful are trained to be future leaders. Charlie is naturally good, but Thomas's father was accused of a terrible crime, and Thomas fears that the same evil lies coiled inside him. Then, on a trip to London - a forbidden city shrouded in darkness - they learn all is not as it appears. So begins a quest to understand the truth about this world of smoke, soot and ash - and perhaps to change it.


'Mesmerising and imaginative ... a novel that tackles the most fundamental question of good versus evil' Hannah Beckerman, Observer

'Like an adult version of the Harry Potter books with a touch of Dickensian dystopia ...a sheer delight' Maxim Jakubowski, Lovereading

'A novel that stays in the imagination long after it is read' Adam Roberts, Guardian

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781474600958
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 315 g
Dimensions: 198 x 132 x 36 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
For once both comparisons (with Harry Potter and Philip Pullman's Northern Lights) are apt . . . this is a novel that stays in the imagination long after it is read * THE GUARDIAN *
Mesmerising and imaginative . . . Smoke is at once profound, moving and timely: a novel that tackles the most fundamental question of good versus evil -- Hannah Beckerman * THE OBSERVER *
Astonishing . . . it's filling in that gaping hole left by both Harry Potter and Philip Pullman's Northern Lights. Yes, really * Stylist *
Its subtle touches mean the story takes on a world of its own . . . you'll wonder why no one has seen smoke this way before * EMERALD STREET *
It's detailed, multi-layered and feels authentic - and might just win over historical fiction fans too * THE POOL *
a great work of imagination -- Cathy Rentzenbrink * STYLIST.CO.UK *
Potter-esque comparisons will be made (with some Dickensian England thrown in) of the richness and intricacy of Vyleta's world * STYLIST *
Original and enthralling * GOOD HOUSEKEEPING *
Books to look out for in 2016 * NEW STATESMAN *
a vivid, imaginative and gripping fantasy thriller * SCIFI NOW *

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Georgie Matthews at Windsor

“Brilliant. Cannot recommend this enough. Lovers of Philip Pullman have a new God.”

For the fourth time this year, I have found my new favourite book. A gripping story, complex characters and a world rich with ideas.

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Paperback edition
3 similar books recommended
9th January 2017
Helpful? Upvote 57

“A fantastically dark, atmospheric and visual slow-burner”

A lot of your enjoyment of this novel will depend on your tolerance for drawn out metaphorical imagery. The concept of the ‘smoke’ permeates every page to the point that as a reader you almost feel it on your own... More

Hardback edition
2nd August 2016
Helpful? Upvote 48
Georgie Matthews at Windsor

“Brilliant. Cannot recommend this enough. Lovers of Philip Pullman have a new God.”

Yet again, I have found my new favourite book. A gripping story, complex characters and a world rich with ideas.

What would a world be like where all your sins are laid bare and you are judged by the smoking gun you... More

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