Smoke and Mirrors

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2107. Newburgh, New York.

Winter is coming, more brutal than ever. The American people are starving and freezing to death. Meanwhile, the Jun police force continues to exert their power over everyone. They hoard food for themselves, get drunk on Elixir, and kill without mercy. The financial capital, New York City, ruled by the Chang Council, is the only refuge – but it would be suicide to make the sixty mile trek on foot during the winter.

Miriam needs to escape her past, and the walls of New York City are all that will keep it at bay.

Christina is very sick and requires the warmth and medicine New York City provides.

Penn wants the easy-going, protected life that comes with freedom from the Jun.

Calvin lost his parents to the same sickness that now grips his sister, and he can’t afford to lose someone else.

Rhianna just wants to have fun with the only family she’s ever known and is excited to go outside and experience the world.

Deric wants to save the ragtag group of orphans he calls his family, but he fears the price of the journey will be too high.

But when a tragic event happens to one of his family members, Deric decides to risk the journey to New York City in hopes that his family will finally have the safety and protection they deserve. It will be dangerous, but the group is willing to face it together.

If only their pasts would stay buried in the snow…

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Dimensions 9 × 6 × 2 in

4 reviews for Smoke and Mirrors

  1. Katie

    “Smoke and Mirrors” by Savanna Roberts is a dystopian story about the struggles and challenges of friendship in a fallen world. The author doesn’t shy away from hard topics but instills the importance of them in the reader. Such sensitive topics include those such as rape, depression, and self-harm.

    “Smoke and Mirrors” centers around the lives of six young men and women who live in a broken America in the year 2107. Deric, Christina, Penn, Calvin, Rhianna, and Miriam each of have their own struggles and growth throughout the course of the book. The author weaves each of their personalities intricately through the story. All six characters are united in the want of one thing, to travel to New York City. Each has their own reasons, but they all look toward that one goal. This book follows their journey, through their challenges, quarrels, and changes.

    “Smoke and Mirrors” is a compelling read that takes the reader on an emotional rollercoaster until the end. This book speaks many truths and is home to relatable and intriguing characters. I was never able to put this book down from the beginning until the end.

    The author has constructed an exciting and captivating read that keeps readers turning the pages until the very end.

  2. Krissa

    Think…. “The Outsiders” kind of cast for characters with much cooler tech and a complexly dark and hopeless world.
    At the same time, this is a story of hope. The author gives you characters to laugh, cry, and flail over relentlessly.

    Trigger Warning for Heart Break™️ 💔

    Metaphorically, this book gives you a kick to the gut then offers you a cookie. For me it’s the right balance of both happy moments and realistic painful scenes.
    Now a mini list to sum up why you should read this gem:
    •Penn. This smol bad boy is reason enough to start this book. Seeing my snarky sass roll mature and figure out life is one of my favorite parts of S&M.
    •I love undercover/double agent kind of subplots. For the sake of no spoilers that’s all I’ll say. *flails*
    •THIS CAN COUNT AS A CHRISTMAS(ISH) READ, which we need more of *nods*
    •Diverse spread of characters with differing religions and views of the world that make it very interesting to follow throughout the novel.

    In Essence- READ THIS BOOK and have some tissues.

  3. Dianna

    Wow. Roberts knows how to weave a story. This story is told from the point of view of 6 very different people who are thrust together and form their own unique, fierce, and strong family.
    The topics address are wide, police corruption, self harm, addiction, rape and more. This is not for the the faint of heart, but my goodness the author does amazing. These topics are handled well and beautifully and yet done realistically. Loss, love, and hope shines though in the midst of this story. My heart was broken, torn out, stomped on, ripped apart before it was out back together and mended.
    This is a book that will open your mind. It will stick with you long after it’s read. It will change you in so many good ways. I highly recommend this book.

  4. Avrie

    This book is not for the faint of heart. The action and intrigue begins on page 1 and hardly gives the reader a chance to catch their breath. From the moment you begin Smoke and Mirrors, you’re thrown into a world of politics, corruption, betrayal, family ties, unconditional love, and hope—that faint glimmer of hope.

    The concept of weaving together six lives—six different perspectives—seemed daunting to me at first, but this was one of the areas where the author excelled. Each character was instrumental to the plot, and the story of their survival could hardly be explained any other way. I loved reading about the interactions between this family of orphans and survivors.

    This isn’t a feel-good read, but it’s one that makes you think. The characters’ suffering and backstories were believable and heart-wrenching, and it all seemed to ask, “How did we get here?” and, “How do we make things better for the next generation?”

    Roberts doesn’t shy away from openly addressing self-harm, depression, addiction, rape, sexual innuendos, and the use of foul language. She handles the topics with delicacy and honesty, and never makes light of those matters. She gives a voice to the nightmares that so many people are trapped in, and while at times it’s hard to read, sometimes we need to hear the hard truth.

    I would recommend this to older, mature readers of YA who want to be challenged, as well as entertained.

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