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“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 more 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 their 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 triangle. 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stunningly inventive.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Vyleta’s Gothic YA fantasy is part Dickens, part dystopia, and totally immersive; a book as eerie and atmospheric as its sooty muse.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Vyleta writes…in the manner of both a Dickens novel and the best young-adult adventure stories…His ending, which I wouldn’t dare reveal here, is a real firecracker.”

    New York Times

  • “Vyleta has woven a powerful fictional spell, creating both an entire world (as believable as it is incredible) and a richly crafted cast of characters. It’s a unique and unforgettable reading experience.”

    National Post (Canada)

  • “A fiercely inventive novel…Vyleta’s bold concept and compelling blend of history and fantasy offer a provocative reflection on the nature of evil, power, believe, and love. Dickensian in its imaginative scope and atmosphere.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Full of otherworldly adventure yet chilling in its realism, Smoke lures readers into considering these questions about society and ourselves.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Narrator Allan Corduner squeezes every ounce of emotion from every one of the many characters he embodies in this Dickensian dystopian fantasy…Corduner makes the fantastic believable, managing a dizzying array of voices and sounding like everyone all at once. Vyleta’s exciting, inventive tale is made mesmerizing by Corduner’s remarkable performance. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • A May 2016 LibraryReads Pick
  • An O Magazine Pick for Summer Reading, 2016
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Entertainment Weekly Pick
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