Railhead by Philip ReeveRailhead by Philip Reeve


byPhilip Reeve

Paperback | April 1, 2017

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The Great Network is an ancient web of routes and gates, where sentient trains can take you anywhere in the galaxy in the blink of an eye. Zen Starling is a nobody. A petty thief from the filthy streets of Thunder City who aimlessly rides the rails of the Network. So when the mysterious stranger Raven offers Zen a chance to escape the squalor of the city and live the rest of his days in luxury, Zen can't believe his luck. All he has to do is steal one small box from the Emperor's train with the help of Nova, an android girl. But the Great Network is a hazardous mess of twists and turns, and that little box just might bring everything in this galaxy and the next to the end of the line. The highly anticipated novel from Carnegie-medal-winning author Philip Reeve, Railhead is a fast, immersive, and heart-pounding ride perfect for any sci-fi fan. Step aboard -- the universe is waiting.
Philip Reeve wrote his first story when he was just five years old, about a spaceman named Spike and his dog, Spook. Philip has continued writing and dreaming up adventures and is now the acclaimed author of the Mortal Engines series, the Fever Crumb series, Here Lies Author (2008 Carnegie Medal Winner), and many other exciting tales. ...
Title:RailheadFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:April 1, 2017Publisher:CapstoneLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1630790508

ISBN - 13:9781630790509


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Surprise, Indigo - I HAVE read this! Railhead is an imaginative sci-fi which had a lot of potential but fell somewhat flat. None of the characters stood out to me (not a lot of depth or backstory) and in an attempt to avoid infodumping within the story, the author included a lengthy glossary at the end of the book - if reading on a device (like I did) it's a matter of clicking the link and jumping back, but it is a hindrance to the reading experience either way to have to flip back and forth. The POV also shifted from 3rd person limited to omniscient at times. One thing I did like, however, were the trains! Overall, Railhead has an interesting premise but the characters and plot fall through.
Date published: 2017-04-09