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'Railhead' by Philip Reeve is a book that I'd never pick up if I was looking a for something new to read; but I was pleasantly surprised with how much I actually enjoyed the plot. Out of the list, I initially had been dreading reading this. It sounded nothing like my usual preferences when it comes to reading, and I thought it'd be something I'd have to motivate myself into picking up - but I was so wrong.
   The book is filled to the brim with action. It starts with action and ends with action, yet it never seems to get tiring. I loved how carefully thought out each chapter was, as more often than not I find action books to have at least one unrealistic slip up - but I couldn't find one in 'Railhead' (bearing in mind that it's set in a futuristic world).
  Every character was so perfectly crafted, especially Raven - who I felt was so intriguing and mysterious. He confuses the readers throughout the book, but provides a sense of curiosity to the story.
  The style being in 3rd person enables the reader to see different perspectives and to get a better understanding of the plot, which was sometimes very useful as with such an eventful storyline, it's quite easy to get confused. Nevertheless, the book was still a real enjoyment and pleasure to read. So for any action lovers, or even anyone who'd never usually go for these kind of books (like me) this book is perfect, and has inspired me to look into more books of this genre.

Posted on: 8th April 2017 at 08:14 pm

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