A truth terrible enough to bury for a millennium …

A mysterious boy calling in her sleep …

A secret city that shouldn’t exist …

When Eila Doyle first sees the strange boy beckoning in whispers from somewhere deep in her imagination, she questioned her sanity. She was used to seeing strange things with her eyes closed — that’s what Eila did all day while strapped to the Blunderbuss, Building whatever the Ministry of Manifestation required — but never before have those images felt so real, or so dangerous.

After Eila learns the terrible truth about her reality and the monsters inside it, she thinks that maybe madness might be her only escape ...   This thrilling young adult steampunk adventure is the first in the Dream Engine series by masters of story Platt & Truant, authors of The Beam, Unicorn Western, and many more.

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  • A work of staggering beauty. From surreal dreamscapes to the dark and gritty underworld of Pavilion, this book is a thrilling exploration of what is real and what is not. Eila feels torn between the duties of her old life, to her family and best friend, Cora, and her new duties in Pavilion. The Dream Engine is the first in a planned series of steampunk young-adult novels written by best-selling authors Sean Platt, and Johnny B. Truant. The plot is compelling, the world building is extensive, the characters are believable and sympathetic, and the ending is somewhat poignant. I wholeheartedly recommend this book, and will be keeping an eye out for the next entry in the series.
    Shannon Clark
  • A fantastic coming of age tale that probes the boundaries of reality and fantasy, control and chaos. Seeking answers, Eila is sucked down a rabbit hole of discovery that will forever change her, her family, and life as she knows it. Platt and Truant have constructed a new world loaded with dissonance, where machine and mind collide and collaborate, where societies are free and, yet, imprisoned. A world where all of past understanding and future perceptions depend on one girl getting it right, facing her fears, and coming to an understanding of who she is, what she can do, and why she should act. A page turner that will have you up late into the night, I couldn't recommend it more.
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