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(Smoke #2)

3.17  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  12 reviews
The electrifying sequel to the national bestseller Smoke - bringing back readers to a world that Entertainment Weekly called "Part Dickens, part dystopia, and totally immersive."

The year is 1909. It has been ten years since Thomas Argyle, Charlie Cooper and Livia Naylor set off a revolution by releasing Smoke upon the world. They were raised to think Smoke was a
Hardcover, 560 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by Doubleday Books
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Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
The basic premise of this series made me want to enjoy this story. When I first requested a review copy of this book, I did not realize it was a follow-up to an earlier novel, Smoke. I immediately backtracked a bit...and read Smoke. Then came back to this sequel. While some of the original characters returned in this newest story, most of the magic and power of the first book did not. The plot in places just seemed muddled and confusing, and the magical feel of the first story just didn't carry ...more
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Soot is set in a Dickensian world of darkness, grime and wretched brutality, with an additional Fantasy element. The magic part is that what to us is unseen in this world, our emotions, is physically visible in this one. Love, sin, greed, and desire are all extruded as a plume of Smoke from the body. Other people can therefore see, taste and experience our emotions in a physical form. As a result, some people have embraced the liberation and clarity that such things provide whilst others, ...more
Aug 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Rating: DNF

Review: I really tried to read this through but was unable. Stilted scene development coupled with flat characters rendered the process of reading interminable. Seemed like more of a personal rendition that met the authors fanciful ideas of an alternate reality i.e. not really written to capture at least a little portion of interest in everyone. What do they always say?Never write novels for yourselfsave it for poetry. ~ A. Mikkelsen
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You give me a book that's Dystopia set in Edwardian times with a Dickensian vibe, and I am all there for it. This book checked off all of those, but, I didn't realize it was a sequel! [Mostly because I'm oblivious, so, that fault is my own]Luckily you don't need to have read the first book to read this one, they work as independent or connected novels.

This work is dense, it is heavy, but it was fascinating, you felt as if this was a mashup between
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
For the idea of Smoke, Dan Vyleta got inspired by Dombey and Son from Charles Dickens. I found Dickenss style and ideas to be very present in Smoke. Soot still reminds us of him, but hes less present than he was in the first book. We have entered the 20th century now and society is moving out of the Victorian era. Vyleta also broadened the scope of this book outside of England. That explains it, probably. It makes this book very different from the first one.

Vyleta has an appealing writing style
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Brilliant. Life imitates art, in this case COVID-19:
Only the memory remains: of the year of the Second Smoke. It came to New York late. Quarantine kept it at bay; the necessities of trade smuggled it in. Whoever it was that walked the Second Smoke into the citywhether it came by cart, by sea, or steamed down the East Riverit took New York in a matter of days. A few neighbourhoodsMurray Hill, Gas Housedefended their scars by force of weapon. It was hopeless: a chance gust, an inflection of the
Kim McGee
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
The continuing story of SMOKE now that it has left England and has been unleashed out into the world.
Our three heroes from the first book are apart and there have been many more characters and many more locations added to this tale. I admit that I still love Dan Vyleta's atmospheric writing style but the story in the first book that captured my attention from the first page, was more difficult to pick up the thread in this second book. Like the smoke the story is centered around - it now drifts
McKenzie Peterson
Jan 13, 2020 marked it as to-read
I love the concept behind these books. It's a super interesting idea. However, I found this book to be so hard to read to the point that I actually couldn't finish it. I feel really bad about it. It was just boring. It's interesting how it was set up as a play and Vyleta's writing really works for the time period, but the story this time just didn't work for me. Smoke was better. I'll give it an extra star for having a unique world and an different set up, but I don't think I'm going to be ...more
Cee Dee
Mar 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
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So disappointed by how scattered and meandering this is after I loved Smoke.
Dec 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you Net Galley for the free ARC. The smoke has now spread to the United States and Canada, the characters from the first book are still there but of course, older. The premise is still atmospheric, but the story becomes convoluted.
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Smoke and I wanted to love this. It had so much potential, but the queerbaiting omg! After the ending of Smoke this was shockingly heteronormative and I am not happy about it.
Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it
After thing about it for two weeks, I still don't know quite what to say about this.. I did finish the book, although it was quite long. Some aspects really did interest me, particularly the actors and the idea of using Smoke to influence the audience's experience of a play. I also found interesting the search for the source of Smoke, and a "cure," but it went on far to long for my taste. I found the entire book rather dark and depressing. I am grateful to NetGalley and Doubleday for the ...more
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Born to Czech emigre parents, Dan Vyleta is an inveterate migrant who has lived in Germany, Canada, the USA and the UK. Dans debut novel Pavel & I gathered immediate international acclaim and was translated into eight languages. His second novel, The Quiet Twin, was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize; his third, The Crooked Maid, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller ...more

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