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Shreya Shyam, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

Railhead

Though the sci-fi genre has become rather cliche in today’s world, Railhead takes a refreshing and exhilarating look at the idea of a future world. Centered around a young boy, Zen Starling, who steals jewellery in order to obtain money to sustain his family, the book takes an exciting turn when Zen Starlings world is turned upside down as he meets Nova, a Motorik girl, and Raven, a sinister man who has a task for him. The book is saturated with cliffhangers, twists and turns, suspense, and there is never a dull moment. Overall, what makes the book unique, is that there is no “good” and no “evil”, and no defined sides. This gives the plot more substance, and makes it a roller coaster of emotions and uncertainty. And what is a plot without a good setting, and Rail head surely does deliver. The moon of Ambersai is a vibrant and exciting location, that couples with the complicated yet likeable character of Zen Starling. The paragraphs weave the setting in the reader’s mind, so that they are truly engrossed in story. I thoroughly enjoyed Rail Head, for its likeable and believable characters and its beautiful world, and it is definitely a must read.

Posted on: 23rd April 2017 at 03:21 pm

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