The Dream Engine

The Dream Engine

by Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt

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The Dream Engine by Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt

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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149817573
Publisher: Sterling & Stone
Publication date: 07/03/2014
Series: The Dream Engine , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 353,700
File size: 944 KB

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The Dream Engine 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Mikael_Barstow More than 1 year ago
This story had a great concept, but I don't think it was executed as well as other books from these authors. Too much time was spent in the main character's head, with very little interaction between characters. They came up with a great cast in Pavilion, but they didn't explore them as much as they could have. Also, the ending didn't feel like an ending - they left it wide open. That being said, I did enjoy the book. The world was cool and the characters (what they showed of them) had potential.
edwardra3 More than 1 year ago
*Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book to review. This story was simply amazing.This has been my favorite Realm & Sands title I've read so far. It is a mind-bender that will get you questioning your own reality. I love the story, but there are people who won't. If you are one of these types, this isn't your book. If you aren't, then give it a read: YA as romance: If you believe that YA needs to have a romance element, skip. I read a fair amount of YA and it was refreshing to have a story without a love interest. Was I rooting for Eila and Levi to get together? Yeah, I was. But while Eila considers him kind of attractive, neither one seems to make any move or show any romantic interest in the other. People complain all the time that there aren't more strong female characters in fiction who aren't defined by their love interest in another character. Well, here is one. Steampunk fans: The authors describe this story as a steampunk, but the steampunk elements felt almost gratuitous. You could remove all of the steampunk references and the story would still hold strong. One of the reasons I waited as long as I did to read this books was because I'm not a big steampunk fan. It worked for me, but if you are looking for a story with strong steampunk elements, this might not be the book for you. Writers: I'm working on my first novel right now, and a lot of writers out there get really feisty about other writers breaking the "rules." Another reviewer (probably discovering this book through the authors's podcast as I did), complained that there was too much telling and that Truant and Platt would never get serious sales. Well, based on the sales rank, this book probably sells about a dozen copies per day and their most recent is selling over 100. Lesson: writers care about writing rules. Readers care about engaging stories.
i_Love_ReadingCP More than 1 year ago
A remarkable story told with the immediacy of a vivid dream. The Dream Engine follows young Eila Doyle as she discovers the costs hidden beneath her entitlements. Before her journey ends, she must conquer imaginary and literal monsters or face the loss of everything she knows.  Eila's difficult choices are experienced in a beautifully-realized world and the read is fun, powerful, exhilerating. The Dream Engine was my introduction to Realm and Sands collaborators Johnny B Truant and Sean Platt.  I look forward to reading more of Eila's story, and exploring other worlds in the Realm and Sands catalog. I highly-recommended this book.
BlaineMoore More than 1 year ago
This book follows Eila as she slowly goes crazy, in a society where everybody takes a drug and it's almost inconceivable for somebody not to. Eila has to attempt to wean herself off of the drug, while hiding that she's not taking it from not only her parents but everybody else, or else she'll be sent to the insane asylum, Joffrey Columns. A fun and fast read, this book is opening a whole new world and I can't wait to read more stories set in it.
AudiobookReviewer More than 1 year ago
First thoughts about the cover of The Dream Engine: Blunderbuss, Book 1? Half of a young girl’s face and a giant engine? Is it a steam punk book? Why is it only showing half her face? How is this machine tied in with this girl? Hmm… Well, this just got interesting. The main character in this book is Eila Doyle. She’s a teen in a world that centers around a giant machine called The Blunderbuss. She works as a Builder. A Builder is sort of like a conduit for the Blunderbuss to mentally receive ideas, things, objects. Without a Builder the things would not appear from the Blunderbuss. Though unlike other people in her world, she is starting to dream. Other people do not dream. They don’t even remember dreaming. Everything they want or need is made by the Blunderbuss. Or so she thinks. The Blunderbuss is a machine that makes everything. At least on the topside of Eila’s city. At first I was a little on the fence about weather or not I liked this book. Once I got into it I greatly enjoyed it. It is one you have to pay attention to closely because if you do not, you will miss something that will come back to confuse you later. The Blunderbuss reminds me of the shape of a hourglass. The topside makes things from thoughts received. The bottom side gets the dreams from everyone topside and bottom side. They send the good ideas back into The Blunderbuss which sends them topside. The topside and bottom side do not know about each other. The narrator is Ray Chase. His voice has a slight growl in it. It is more pronounced when he reads male voices. It is soothing, addictive. This book was written by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant. It is 10 hours and 32 minutes. This books is a nice listen and enjoyable. I’d recommend it for mid-teens on up. This book left me thinking about what we perceive from the world around us. What we take for granted as always being, always would be. Would we still be the same people if we had to think more about things we do everyday so easily? Would we Tinker the ideas out by ourselves to solve our own problems? Life is open to the dreamers and the doers. The key is to be both a dreamer and a doer. Audiobook purchased for review by the Narrator. Please find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com [If this review helped, please press YES. Thanks!]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago