The Factory World
Steam Press’s first title for 2013 is Joseph Edward Ryan’s
“Some people can’t see certain things the world makes. It gets in them like a thorn and turns in a bad way. Cuts them up from inside, and gets a bleed going. And that makes a person weak. And in a world like this, kid, that's enough to get you killed.”
Waking in a pipe in a silent forest, unable to remember how he got there or where he came from, Simon finds himself walking a rusting railway track with a mysterious stranger who cannot even remember his own name. Abandoned factories and eerie mannequins dot their path, falling stars lighting the night sky and searing holes through the earth to reveal a maze of pipes beneath. A dream, and a thousand miles away is their only way home.
But they are not alone on this factory world, and soon realise that they are fighting for their lives...
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Praise for The Factory World
“A highly accomplished first novel that shows great leaps of imagination and a firm handle on the sci-fi genre... It has more than an echo of Cormac McCarthy’s
“Belts along with tremendous energy... The present is murderous, future uncertain and past evasive... A considerable imaginative accomplishment, and definitely absorbing. Watch this guy’s space.” –
“A profoundly strange, sinister trip where the answers are hidden beneath layers of possible meaning and non-meanings... Wholly unique and thought provoking.” – NZ Booklovers
“This story had a real impact on me. The plot is imaginative and the story engrossing.” –
“Building towards an action-packed climax Ryan doesn’t lose sight of what really makes
“Most stories are plot-driven, some are character-driven, and just occasionally a novel is setting-driven.
“Ryan has constructed an intricate puzzle box of a story, with a pair of characters that you will love. You’ll be biting your nails even as you explore their new dangerous and curious world along with them.” – Philippa Ballantine
“A powerful and original evocation of a world where the distinction between the human and the machine is problematic ... The story flows straight from the page to the imagination.” – Phillip Mann
“Simon is a wonderful character – plucky, compassionate and inventive – in a sinister and unsettling world that lived on in my imagination long after I finished the book.” – Mandy Hager
“Weird and intriguing ... strange and disturbing ... a wonderful antidote to the ubiquitous fat fantasy trilogy.” – SFFANZ Reviews
“Dark and foreboding as any great New Zealand novel but full of original twists,
“A genuinely unsettling mix of the familiar and the weird, Ryan’s story world seems born out of a fevered nightmare. It’s the vivid grotesquerie of Ryan’s wildly fertile imagination that is this book’s greatest strength... I gobbled down the majority of it in one greedy sitting.” – We ♥ Books
“Well written with some stunning dialogue between Simon and the Tin Man... For something classy and different read this. A totally unique idea.” – Bob’s Book Blog