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
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