Monday, September 11, 2017

Blog and Review Tour: The Smallest Thing by Lisa Manterfield


The Smallest Thing
Lisa Manterfield
Publication date: July 18th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

The very last thing 17-year-old Emmott Syddall wants is to turn out like her dad. She’s descended from ten generations who never left their dull English village, and there’s no way she’s going to waste a perfectly good life that way. She’s moving to London and she swears she is never coming back.
But when the unexplained deaths of her neighbors force the government to quarantine the village, Em learns what it truly means to be trapped. Now, she must choose. Will she pursue her desire for freedom, at all costs, or do what’s best for the people she loves: her dad, her best friend Deb, and, to her surprise, the mysterious man in the HAZMAT suit?
Inspired by the historical story of the plague village of Eyam, this contemporary tale of friendship, community, and impossible love weaves the horrors of recent news headlines with the intimate details of how it feels to become an adult—and fall in love—in the midst of tragedy.


A modern day plague story.

17 year old Emmott just wants to get out of small town Eyam. She has big plans to leave with her boyfriend, Ro, and move to London. Her plans are sidelined when a mysterious illness sweeps the town. Before she knows it, she and her town are quarantined.

This coming of age story really struck a chord with me. I'm a sucker for dystopian / end of the world type books, and while this only affected one town, it certainly fit the bill. It is great to read books where characters grow, and Emmott certainly did!





Lisa Manterfield is the award-winning author of I’m Taking My Eggs and Going Home: How One Woman Dared to Say No to Motherhood. Her work has appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Los Angeles Times, and Psychology Today. Originally from northern England, she now lives in Southern California with her husband and over-indulged cat. A Strange Companion is her first novel. Learn more at LisaManterfield.com.
 



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3 comments :

  1. End of the world books are def my fav as well - I just love the thought provoking aspect out of it! This one sounds very well written! Glad you liked it! :)

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  2. Hi Becky,
    Thanks so much for your review. I'm really pleased you enjoyed the book.
    Lisa

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