When I was growing up, I got in trouble for the look on my face more often than anything I actually did. The Thought Police (my parents) would see my inner eye-roll no matter how much I tried to keep my face neutral. If I thought I had it bad, life is really unfair in Vyleta’s novel Smoke. Part rollicking gothic coming-of-age, part meditation on how thin the veneers of class and manners truly are — Smoke is my top pick of 2016. It’s like Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, with a little more opportunity for introspection. Recommended By Liz V., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
Readers of the Harry Potter series and Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell are sure to be mesmerized by Dan Vyleta s thrilling blend of historical fiction and fantasy, as three young friends scratch the surface of the grown-up world to discover startling wonders and dangerous secrets. Dan Vyletawrites with intricacy and imagination and skillful pacing; never once would I have considered putting his book down.In the manner of both a Dickens novel and the best young adult adventure stories (the Harry Potter series among them). . .his ending, which I wouldn t dare reveal here, is a real firecracker. Jennifer Senior, The New York Times
Welcome to a Victorian England unlike any other you have experienced before. Here, wicked thoughts (both harmless and hate-filled) appear in the air as telltale wisps of Smoke.
Young Thomas Argyle, a son of aristocracy, has been sent to an elite boarding school. Here he will be purged of Wickedness, for the wealthy do not Smoke. When he resists a sadistic headboy's temptations to Smoke, a much larger struggle beyond the school walls is revealed. Shortly thereafter, on a trip to London, Thomas and his best friend witness events that make them begin to question everything they have been taught about Smoke.
And thus the adventure begins... You will travel by coach to a grand estate where secrets lurk in attic rooms and hidden laboratories; where young love blossoms; and where a tumultuous relationship between a mother and her children is the crucible in which powerful passions are kindled, and dangerous deeds must be snuffed out in a desperate race against time.
From the Hardcover edition."
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