Published by Jo Fletcher Books (2014)
The gargantuan Factory of Gleam is an ancient, hulking edifice of stone, metal and glass ruled over by chaste alchemists and astronomer priests.
As millennia have passed, the population has decreased, and now only the central district is fully inhabited and operational; the outskirts have been left for the wilderness to reclaim. This decaying, lawless zone is the Discard; the home of Wild Alan.
Clever, arrogant, and perpetually angry, Wild Alan is both loved and loathed by the Discard’s misfits. He’s convinced that the Gleam authorities were behind the disaster that killed his parents and his ambition is to prove it. But he’s about to uncover more than he bargained for.
“Gleam’s combination of dystopia, mythic quest, music and squishy monsters is hugely entertaining. Fletcher’s distinctive prose – alternating baroque description and brutal action – is spiced with witty dialogue and eccentric characters” – SFX
“Alan’s sidekicks are beautifully grotesque and Fletcher isn’t too precious about keeping all of them alive, which I find quite refreshing in this sort of book” – The Horror Hothouse
“The idea for the story was partly inspired by Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast. Fletcher manages to do justice to this fantasy legend with a tale that is well imagined, fascinating, intensely strange, and that is sure to make many critics of speculative fiction swoon” – Avid Reviews
“A very impressive book and sure to be enjoyed by those who like their world dark and their characters insane” – Fantasy Review Barn
“Gleam is simply beyond fascinating … I quickly fell in love with this book” – The BiblioSanctum
“A very accomplished novel. The tapestry of the Alan’s world is extremely rich and is filled with immaculately planned details … it’ll be a long wait for the sequel!” – Upcoming4.me
“I for one look forward to finding out more […] when The Factory Trilogy continues” – Tor.com
“A strong start to a very interesting world. Anyone looking for a science fiction tale of grim darkness should definitely pick this one up” – Starburst
“There’s true passion in every written word … With such deep characters and a storyline that promises more in its sequels, Gleam is definitely not one to discard” – SciFiNow