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Thomas R., Chobham Academy Book Group


'Railhead' was a very unusual book for me and I think it is one of my favorite and most entertaining reads yet. However it could have been improved at some areas where it tried to make sense but got more confusing. I was confused about the K-Bahns and where most of the characters came from and what they are doing - this is what confused me and put me off the novel a bit.

It is about a thief called Zen Starling who joins up with a wanted criminal known as Raven to steal the Pyxis from the aristocratic Noon family. He meets Nova, a motorik (or moto for short), and they become really good friends. The guardians are unsettled about their current situation and Raven attempting to expose their lies.

The whole novel is based around trains and a futuristic way of travelling known as "The Network". "The Network" consists of multiple almost portals called "K-Bahns". In these K-Bahns you can use them to travel towards the designated planet and location just like that, only trains can go through K-Bahns.

My favorite character is Raven because he is witty and very quiet and clever about his moves. I like the way this book was written because it makes sense to use backstory style sections at some places also and not just on Zen, the protagonist.

In conclusion I would give this book 3.5/5 because it wasn't the most entertaining read at places but still a really enjoyable book. I recommend this to people between the ages of 8-15 and are into SCI-FI books and stories.

Posted on: 3rd May 2017 at 11:15 am

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