Railhead by Philip ReeveRailhead by Philip Reeve


byPhilip Reeve

Paperback | September 3, 2016

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Step Aboard - the Universe is Waiting.The Great Network is a place of drones and androids, Hive Monks and Station Angels. The place of the thousand gates, where sentient trains criss-cross the galaxy in a heartbeat.It is also a place of great dangers - especially for someone who rides the rails and rides his luck the way Zen Starling does.Once Zen was just a petty thief, stealing to support his family and living by his wits. Now everything has changed. Zen is still a thief - but it could be that the key to the whole universe rests on finding out what else he is . . .This is an epic story with huge scope and film rights have already been bought by Warner Brothers.
Philip Reeve is a diverse and hugely talented author. He won the Carnegie Medal for Here Lies Arthur and is also the author of the Mortal Engines series, and Goblins which was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.
Title:RailheadFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.8 × 5.08 × 0.03 inPublished:September 3, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192742760

ISBN - 13:9780192742766

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Immaculate World Building! Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review... which then expired so I borrowed it from the library! I thought this one was really exciting and fun, but I wish it had been a duology. I thought that the story was really unique and cool but there was not enough time spent on any aspect of it and it caused me to not fully feel the story. But as I said, this was so fun and unique! So this is broken up into four parts and each is more interesting than the last. However, I thought that each of them was too short. I almost wanted one book to be the first two parts and another book to be the last two. I thought that each section was a little too short to fully develop the story and characters. I wanted more time spent on the heist, to get to know the Noons a little better, especially Thren (? it could have been Thernsomething and now I can't look because I borrowed it from the library) because of the ending. I just wanted more because of how cool and unique this was. The characters were so diverse and it was great. I loved seeing a scifi novel where the white people were minorities because that is so going to be the case in the future and I love when fiction represents reality. And the characters were so rich in their diversity. I loved learning about them and their nuances and cultural differences. I also liked that the Droids could choose their own identity based on how they wanted to be represented! However, sometimes the conversations felt stilted and unnatural -- the ebb and flow of them just didn't quite work for me. But the world-building was IMMACULATE! It was so good and had so many different parts to it and was so interesting. I wish I could live in this world just so I could learn more about the rail system, the technology, EVERYTHING. There is so much to it and it is so adequately developed and I want SO MUCH MORE. I really enjoyed this one and highly recommend it if you're looking for a new and different type of science fiction novel. I loved the nuances of the world, characters, and everything in between. Check this one out!
Date published: 2016-11-12

Editorial Reviews

"With many twists and turns along the track and high-octane action all the way to the thrilling climax, Railhead never lets up on delivering the thrills and creativity readers expect from a story like this." --Young Post/South China Morning Post