Plot Type: Alternate-World Fantasy (Steampunk without the steam)
Ratings: Violence—4; Sensuality—2; Humor—2
Publisher and Titles: Doubleday (5/2016)
Blurb from Amazon.com:
Smoke and its residue, Soot, are all-important to the aristocracy because members of the nobility are not supposed to Smoke—not ever. Part of the educational process for highborn young people is to learn to be able to control or suppress their Smoke. (For example, they study the Four Books of Smoke and take courses like Smoke and Ethics.) The problem is that Smoke's cause-effect process is unreliable. On occasion, you might be able to tell a lie without raising even a tiny wisp of Smoke. But on another occasion, you may sneak a cookie or laugh at someone else's misfortune and "next thing you know its smell is in your nose." Smoke is characterized according to a taxonomy of forty-three varieties. But as one teacher explains, "It is more difficult to establish the precise cause for each type of Smoke…The thoroughly corrupt breed darker, denser Smoke. Once a person's moral sickness is sufficiently advanced, all actions are colored by its stain," even the most innocent.
Here are links to two different sources of excerpts from Smoke: Click HERE to read a 24-page excerpt (chapters 3 and 4 from section 1). Click HERE to go to read or listen to excerpts on the novel's page on Amazon.com by clicking either on the cover art or the "Listen" icon.