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Mrs. Pollard, St John Fisher RC High School

Railhead

I was totally drawn into Philip Reeve's futuristic world with its mix of humans, Motoriks, the Emperor and the ruling families plus the Guardians controlling everything. Into this world come the trains but not your standard loco, these travel rapidly between the different planets using K gates and people shuttle amongst them all. Philip Reeve introduces us to new worlds and inhabitants as if we know them already: we meet Nova the Motorik and find out through the story what one is, similarly the Hive Monks and the Guardians. The descriptive language is something else, fantastic! The story centres on Zen Starling, a futuristic petty thief who is used by the mysterious Raven to steal an item off the Emperor's train and the consequences that follow. Did I mention the trains can talk too and that there are hidden lines to ride on? You will not be disappointed and even better there is a sequel coming soon!

Posted on: 8th May 2017 at 09:37 am

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