Dreams Factory by Jérôme Hamon and Suheb Zako

Book: Dreams Factory

Author: Jérôme Hamon

Illustrator: Suheb Zako

Colorist: Lena Sayaphoum

Genre: Graphic Novel; Steampunk/Fantasy; Sentient Machines

Publisher: Magnetic Press

Publication Date: September 13, 2022

Format: ebook

Length: 136 pages

London 1892

In a steampunk version of Victorian England, it is common for older children like Indira to toil away in the coal mines, despite the terrible health risks. One day, she wakes up to find her little brother Eliott has disappeared. Some not-so-discreet inquires lead Indira to suspect Cathleen Sachs, the wealthy owner of the coal mines. Dismissed by the police, Indira decides to take matters into her own hands.

The artwork in this graphic novel is both beautiful and imaginative. I especially like the panels showing the strange factory. The book has an ongoing theme of brother-sister relationships and how they can bring out both the best and the worst in someone. The story itself was a little confusing, especially the ending. I think there is at least one more book, though, so those questions will probably be answered eventually.

Thank you to NetGalley and Forever Publishing for an Advanced Reader Copy ebook. ⁠

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