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The Contaminants

(New Dakota Series #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  33 reviews
When the American government's attempt to "purify" Earth causes a worldwide nuclear holocaust, teen friends Jessil and Soraj are among the few to escape the planet. Orbiting in a cruiser designed to help regenerate Earth's ecosystem, they assist Soraj's father, who leads the process to salvage a location for the cruiser's safe return.

But when a mysterious distress signal
Kindle Edition, 155 pages
Published March 5th 2013
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Lisa Mandina
This was a very quick, easy read. Definitely a little bit of a new twist on this type of a story. It had some parts that reminded me of the show The 100, but had things that definitely made it different as well.
Again, an interesting story, a fun take on humans having to escape the planet, but also having to be able to remake the planet to be livable. I enjoyed the read, as I mentioned, a quick one, and will definitely recommend it based on those qualities. While it ended at a good enough point,
(3.5) Two teens aboard a spacecraft hold out hope for new life on post-apocalyptic Earth in this believable YA science fiction novel. Composed of two solid first-person narratives and based around two father-child relationships, this is a novel that prizes emotions as much as it does technology. The novel is on the thin side; it could have done with another subplot or two to add some complexity. However, the subtle eugenics theme will give teen readers plenty to think about while they follow the ...more
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to the author and Mother Daughter Book Reviews for giving me a copy of the ebook to read for purposes of an honest review. I was intrigued by the synopsis and had high hopes when I started the book. Unfortunately, it just didn't grab me as I continued on. The IDEA was great, and I was intrigued, but I just needed MORE... more explanations of the science, more feelings for the characters, more description of life on the ship for the three years they've been on it, more logic, MORE EVERYTHI ...more
Nikki Bennett
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Contaminants is a great start to a promising and exciting series. Well written and fast-paced, this story delves into a world where all has been destroyed but regeneration of the planet has begun. The problem is--something has gone horribly wrong with the regeneration process, and it's up to two kids to find out why. While they're trying to right the wrongs, they must contend with an army intent on hunting them down and a psychotic doctor out to sabotage their plans.

The story is told from tw
Jess Mountifield
A copy of this ebook was given to me in return for my review.

The cover of this book is very simple and works with the story which initially pulled me into reading something I would normally be a little wary of. It's in first person present tense which is never something I find easy to read but the author did a good job of sucking me into the story quickly enough that it didn't seem to matter.

The pacing is quite fast without masses of description, which for the most part is a good thing, especial
Tara Looney
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Contaminants by Devin Smyth is a post apocalyptic tale of two friends, siblings, fathers, and an Earth that is unrecognizable. Upon learning the Earth was going to be wiped out, the government decides to create a way for a select population to be saved and for possibly rejuvenating Earth after the "fallout" settles. After several years, life on the ship becomes tense so when a signal from Earth alerts them that there may be a possibility that Earth is habitable again, a team is sent to Earth ...more
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting view on a Dystopian situation. Earth was destroyed by nuclear war and now those who escaped are running out of survival items and check Earth to see if there are survivors.
The author, Devin Smyth, creatively suggests a possible scenario on earth. He also gives thought to those in powerful positions who are often filled with greed and selfishness.
The key characters are mostly youth. It portrays the idea that when in crisis, the youth will prevail and "meet the challenge"..
Amy Miller
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a truly brilliant book! From the start the story had so much going on. The story is centers around two teens Jessil and Soraj. Both complete opposites Jessil isn't even supposed to be on the vessel . Soraj is helping with stablizing Earth's air in order to return to start over. A team is gathered to return to land and check the living conditions and qualities. Jessil and her siblings tag along in hopes to find survivors namely her father. Nothing goes as planned for the team and will ha ...more
Hope To Read
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! This was such a good read and I was so upset when it was over.
The characters are fun to read about and I enjoy that you have two points of view instead of one because sometimes it can get boring with just one point of view.

I liked all the names of the characters but I feel like it didn't really fit in to where they used to live (Dakota) and the time period (future).

The way a few of the characters spoke was off putting like they were trying too hard to sound intelligent. I wish
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Contaminants by Devin K. Smyth is a dystopian science fiction book for YA readers, basically middle school on up. It's the story of the few remnants of life on earth who survived a nuclear holocaust on what was supposed to have been a luxury ship. But since the ship was forced to leave before it was fully stocked, three years later, the ship is having serious malfunctions, and the people are running out of food and fuel supplies. The ship also contains a "zoo" of animals, but the animals hav ...more
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Full review also posted here on TotalTeenFiction

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I've been on a bit of a sci-fi kick lately so I was excited when the author got in touch and offered me the chance to read this book. The Contaminants follows Jessil and Soraj, two residents of the Powell spaceship waiting for conditions on Earth to be habitable again so they can return.

I found the story pretty easy to get into. The book is written fro
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an eBook for free in exchange for my honest review, which this is.
Contaminants is a dysotopian read based on the world going into chaos and war. This was caused primarily by a discovery of a new energy source, called Osmosynthesis, relieving the need of oil. A chain of events from this discovery led to a nuclear war and the need for the earth's environment and population to be 'reset.' The book begins in the present aboard a space ship 3 years after this reset. The ships supplies are
Jul 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, sci-fi
I was finding it hard to write a review for The Contaminants and I’m not sure why. It was a pretty good book but I’m thinking it was just a little too crazy for me. So here is a breakdown of the different parts of the book and what I thought of them.

Setting: Part of the story takes place on a cruiser in space and the other part takes place back on Earth after a worldwide nuclear holocaust. The descriptions in this book were very well done. The setting was unique and complex. I loved reading abou
Tonja Drecker
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
It took me a bit to get into this story, but once I did, I'm glad I held on. This book is written from the view point of two characters, Sil and Raj. Sil is a cast-away on a spaceship which left Earth shortly before the destruction of the planet's surface. Raj is the son of the head scientist in charge of rejuvenating the planet, and is well aware of his father's important position on board the ship. The first chapters not only switch between Sil to Raj, but also to different time periods, so in ...more
Shelle Perry
On the whole I enjoyed reading this young adult, science fiction novel.

The Contaminants is set in a post apocalyptic Earth, a setting which seems to be popular with YA crowd these days. It follows 15 year old Sil, her brothers and a close friend, as they navigate living on a space cruiser conceived to be a safe haven for the last of the human race, while the Earth is regenerated.

After taking a few chapters to get the reader caught up with main characters and the current crisis, the book takes of
Angelique Bodine
Devin K. Smyth did an awesome job of getting you right into the action in this book. Though the book started out in a dream, the dream was more of a flashback, so it had actually happened.

I really liked the stark contrast of the 2 main characters. One character was so analytical and the other is all impulse. This book is written in 1st person from the perspective of each of these characters—one male and one female. This kind of writing always takes me a while to get used to when I start reading
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
A nutty conspiracy at the top level of America’s elite and politicians causes the end of the world. In an effort to eradicate those who are deemed unworthy, the earth has been decimated by nuclear war and into a nuclear waste. Those deemed worthy are up in space, orbiting, waiting for the earth to regenerate by a new engineering process. Soraj’s father is creator and in charge of the process to create the new “earth” and is friends with Jessil, the main character.

After finding out some disturbin
Ubiquitous Bubba
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Contaminants by Devin K. Smyth is a story of survival, friendship, loyalty, and hope set in the aftermath of planetary devastation. I loved this book. Let’s just get that out of the way first.

The book describes the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust and an attempt to terraform the planet in order to purify it. While the story touches on themes of racial purity, species survival, and the near extinction of humanity, the characters are the heart and soul of the book. A daughter holds on to hope
Scott Spotson
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
An exciting trek to a post-nuclear Earth!

Tightly composed and never off tangent in its delivery, "The Contaminants" by Devin K. Smyth packs many punches.

While reading it, I felt there were components of Skull Island and its fantastic creatures in the movie "King Kong," as well as overtones of another movie (and television series), "Land of the Lost."

Although it took some time to do so at first, I got used to the narration of the story through two main characters.

One thing I really liked about
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: The story intrigued me – I was excited to read about Smyth’s scientific twist on a post-apocalyptic Earth. Plus, super-fast genetic enhancements sounded awesome! And, you know, the story itself was good. I finished reading this book because it was a cool story.

The rest of the book, though, wasn’t quite as cool. The grammar and syntax were passable, but for a novel narrated by two teenagers I thought there was a distinct lack of, well, angst. Maybe Smyth was trying to conve
Amie McCracken
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
The Contaminants by Devin K. Smyth is a post-apocalyptic story centering around purification of Earth. Jessil and Soraj are among few survivors after the American government lets loose nuclear bombs across the globe. They orbit the planet in the last surviving cruiser built for rehabilitation once the air has cleared. But sooner than expected they get signs of life back on Earth, so they go to investigate.

This story had me sucked in from the very beginning, and I had trouble putting it down. The
Darlene Cruz
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very descriptive which made the story easier to grasp. Intriguing sci-fi adventure with apocalyptic thrill. The story was not boring at all it just took it's time getting to the gist of things, however when it got there I was simply swept away. The struggles and intensity is felt and kept you there riding along besides them. The worries to survive truly felt and evidently so throughout. It had all the trappings of a good sci-fi adventure to make yo tense up when needed to be and surprise you whe ...more
Joy D. Fanning
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

This book was pretty darn awesome. Very..very creative! It did take me a bit to get used to the way it was written. It was written in first person narrative, but the way the characters talked was if they are telling you what they are doing seconds after doing it. Although it's a bit different, it's still easy to read and get into.

This book is very creative, like I said. It's a true science fiction novel and I LOVE IT! The gadgets
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

The Contaminants is a post apocalyptic story that really is horrifying. The US decides to nuke the world after sending a few hundred thousand pre-selected people into space to start a new Earth. They have everythin in place to renew Earth in 4 years after the apocalypse. But the best laid plans…

This book is a little different but I like different. Devin K. Smyth’s writing flows well for the most part, although once in a while I had to go
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
{my thoughts} - This book is rather interesting. It reminds of the movie Wall-E to be honest. A bunch of humans are sent off onto a ship in space until they are able to return back to Earth. The catch is however, only certain people were allowed onto that ship and many were left behind to die during the decontamination process. The objective was to completely destroy Earth and what was left of it’s inhabitants in order to create a purified race. Some of those that had made it on the ship as stow ...more
Kim Propp
I received this ebook in exchange for an honest review.

The Contaminants is a dystopian science fiction book about the government's plan to destroy the earth while saving specified people in a spaceship above the earth. It reminded me of a more sadistic version of Wall-E.

The story is narrated by two teens who seem to have very little emotion. I don't know if that is what the author was trying to portray or if it just was too much to add some character traits to them. I do not mean that sarcastic
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is very much about the results of a nuclear holocaust. It talks a lot about racial purity and the possibility of human extinction. The narrator seems very sympathetic to the cause and makes the world sound wonderful and frightening all at the same time. They make those whose race seems pure come aboard and ship and destroy what is left of the world, in order to create something that seems better. I don't like that, it seems racist. But it does make a great story-line!
We get to read th
Jul 16, 2013 rated it liked it
My review: Everybody’s nightmare, a major nuclear confrontation that is suppose to wipe out all life on earth. Worse it is a plan by the government to rid the earth of the people and repopulate it with only the chosen ones that meet their requirements. Science has discovered ways to purify the air and ground after a blast so the plan proceeds aided by large military and GMO companies they will purify the earth and start new life. Things go seriously wrong however. The regeneration is “off”. Some ...more
Darleen Wohlfeil
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Contaminants has a great storyline, and holds your interest throughout its fast pace page turning. Centered in a dark hour for humanity, survival brings us face to face with issues that tear at its very fiber. What price are we willing to pay for it? Eugenics is introduced, a holocaust of worst proportions is planned. Loves and loyalties are tested. Madness presses against reason, and trust can be found in unlikely places. The exemplar of our story is not found in the genius of men or the wo ...more
Kasey Cocoa
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This a well written dystopian type story I feel YA type readers will love. It's a bit of a struggle in the beginning only because there's a wealth of back-story and plot setting going on but once you get past that the story moves along at a very nice pace. I like the way Smyth weaves the various threads throughout the story. The characters are well developed enough for the book. Smyth does a grand job at description, bringing everything to the readers mind in vivid style. Overall this is a fun e ...more
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