The Smallest Thing by Lisa Manterfield


The Smallest Thing by Lisa Manterfield is a YA Contemporary story of a quarantined village based on the historical event.


39705734._SY475_.jpg“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.


Published: 18 July 2017

Publisher: Steel Rose Press

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Pages: 289

How I Read It: eBook sent by the Xpresso Book Tours

*Disclaimer: I requested a copy of this book from the Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All of my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way. 


This one was interesting. It’s crazy that this story is based on a historical event.

I felt like this one didn’t have the historical feel to it BUT had more of a dystopian vibe. But overall, it was a decent story.

It wasn’t a plot that overly stood out to me, but it was enjoyable to see how the village had a 180. It’s a character-driven story with mystery and a bit of a spooky, apocalyptic glazed top.

I gave this one 3 out of 5 stars.

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