Book Review: The Contaminants by Devin K. Smyth



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+

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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?


My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

The Contaminants is a post apocalyptic story that really is horrifying. The US decides to nuke the world after sending a few hundred thousand pre-selected people into space to start a new Earth. They have everythin in place to renew Earth in 4 years after the apocalypse. But the best laid plans…

This book is a little different but I like different. Devin K. Smyth’s writing flows well for the most part, although once in a while I had to go back and re-read something. I also confused who was narrating occasionally. I’m not sure why because I usually like when stories are told from different characters’ points of view.

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.


About the Author

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.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Contaminants by Devin K. Smyth

  1. Sahar August 18, 2015 / 9:32 pm

    The premise is intriguing, I just might have to check this one out. Thank you for the review!


    • sleepygirl2 August 18, 2015 / 9:43 pm

      It would be worth your time.


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