About the Book
Title: The Contaminants (New Dakota Series, Volume 1) | Author: Devin K. Smyth | Publication Date: June 9, 2015 | Publisher: Firedrake Books, LLC (2nd Edition) | Pages: 230 | Recommended Ages: 12+
Summary: 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 arrives from Earth, Jessil is desperate to discover who sent it. She and Soraj join the reconnaissance team that descends to the planet, a world very different from the one they knew. In such a strange land, can their search-and-rescue effort succeed? And if it does, will it mean failure for Earth’s recovery?
Excerpts and Links to Reviews of “The Contaminants”
The Contaminants received 20 new reviews through this Book Review Blitz.
LisaVBr (Amazon): “I really enjoyed this book. It is filled with adventure, and is nicely, steadily paced. The main characters are 3-dimensional and well developed, with good traits balanced with not-so-good foibles, not cardboard, flat. One minute you are cheering them on, the next you’re shaking your head over their actions and thoughts. The narration, interchangeably told from first Sil’s and then Raj’s viewpoints, is rich and satisfying. The tech is imaginary, of course, yet credible; the reader really has no trouble picturing it in her/his mind. I even hope some of it will be or is in development right now because I found myself thinking, to quote Will Smith when flying the alien fighter in Independence Day, ‘I gotta get me one of these!'”
Bookworm for Kids: “All in all, it’s an interesting read with unique ideas that capture the science fiction fan’s imagination and leave them thinking days after setting the book down. I think kids 10+ would enjoy it.“
D. Wohlfeil (Amazon): “The Contaminants has a great storyline, and holds your interest throughout its fast pace page turning.“
Sher A Hart ~ Written Art: “All in all, I really enjoyed this book. It was very clean, highly acceptable for teens as well as adults, and it was a quick read. It definitely deserves 5 stars.“
Hope to Read: “I loved this book! This was such a good read and I was so upset when it was over. ~ Bailey, 17 years old”
Book Reviews and Giveaway: “This a well written dystopian type story I feel YA type readers will love.“
Amy B. (Amazon): “This was a truly brilliant book! … The entire story will keep you on the edge of your seat waiting for what comes next. I can clearly see this turning into a movie or series. Such a fantastic job !”
Rockin’ Book Reviews: “The characters are all very well developed and described in a way they all seem real. The scenes are very well portrayed. The Title and Book Cover fit very well.“
Jane Ritz: “It is strong with excitement and adventure. it’s one of those books that is really hard to put down.”
2ReadBook: “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.”
Bound 4 Escape: “I found The Contaminants interesting and scary. Could we end up like this Earth: overpopulated and using up all of the resources? It also has s suspenseful, action-filled ending. I’m curious what the next book will bring.“
Amanda’s Books and More: “This book is able to happily keep the attention of kids ages 12 and up, and adults too!”
Kay LaLone ~ I Love Books!: “Danger. Adventure. A must read.“
I Read What You Write: “Overall this is a story that most middle schoolers will enjoy. The science is fascinating. The imagery is vivid. It is great science fiction with just a flair of the fantastic. It explores themes that will make them think about the world around them and how humans relate to each other in the real world. I am definitely interested in seeing how this series plays out.”
Heart of a Philanthropist (Amazon): “[I]t was a good story and I enjoyed it. I think you will too.”
Looney’s Literacy: “Smyth does an excellent job beautifully unfolding the main characters, Jessil and Soraj’s relationship, as secrets arise and tension rises and falls. I was pleased with the balance of action and relationship stories that were shared.“
Lisa Loves Literature: “ 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.“
Holly B (Goodreads): “Give it a shot if you’re looking for a quick, short sci-fi read!“
Lacey (Goodreads): “I really enjoyed this book and read through it quickly wanting to know what was happening next.“
The Biggo’s Blog: “The Contaminants is well-written science fiction for young adults. It has the right mix of ingredients for the reader to imagine a not-too-distant world where things have gone horribly wrong. Well-reasoned science and multiple first person point of view make this novel engaging reading for young adults as well as other readers.“
About the Author: Devin K. Smyth
Devin K. Smyth is the pen name of Kevin Speth, a part-time novelist and full-time marketing copywriter in the field of children’s entertainment. He resides in southern Wisconsin with his girlfriend and their herd of cats.
The Contaminants is Devin K. Smyth’s first novel and is the first in the “New Dakota” series.