Review: The Dream Engine

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About: What is real, Eila?

When Eila Doyle first hears the strange boy calling from somewhere deep in her sleep, she begins to question her sanity. In the gleaming steampunk world of Waldron’s Gate, citizens aren’t meant to dream — and those who eschew their daily Crumble and dare to do so anyway face madness … and imprisonment in Joffrey Columns, the asylum of towers.

And yet, “Dreaming” of a very specific sort is what Eila does every day at the Ministry of Manifestation with her mind hooked to the great engine, called the Blunderbuss. She’s accustomed to using her thoughts to Build all that the city needs … but never before have her thoughts been so dark, so laced with demons and shadows. Now those nighttime visions hint at dark conspiracy, a millennium of lies, and a fathomless secret hiding beneath the quiet streets.

As Eila follows the boy down the rabbit hole, she discovers secrets that were meant to remain hidden. She discovers an unknown caste of underlings, an unknown place underneath the city. And she learns of her terrible destiny as her own dreams and reality blur, as “what is real?” becomes something uncertain.

This thrilling young adult dystopian adventure is the first in the Dream Engine series by masters of story Platt & Truant, authors of The Beam, Unicorn Western, and many more. The Dream Engine will have you asking yourself “What is real?” along with Eila’s strong female lead — but watch what you ask for, because the answer may unsettle and disturb you for weeks to come.

Review: I’m so glad I decided to read this book. I’ve been hearing a bit about Platt and Truant in the publishing world, but was never really sure where to jump in. If you love YA, this is a good place to start!

The Dream Engine follows Eila as she navigates a world of dreams. And while admittedly, it took a few tries for me to get into this book, I’m so glad I did. It hits all the right YA notes, and throws in a lot of fun elements you won’t usually see in this category. Plus a little Wonderland in there, which I’ll never say no to!

Ack! I don’t want to give too much away! It did leave me wanting more, usually in a good way, but occasionally in a head-scratcher way. There seems to be so much to this world that could have been explored without bogging down the story.

I did have trouble finding this one on Goodreads at first. Mostly because I seem to have gone a little foggy, but also because it still features an older cover (good call on updating it, by the way). The good news is, the sequel is due shortly, so there’s never been a better time to read this book.

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