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Railhead is and will continue to be one of my favourite books for a very, very long time.
This book has everything that is important for a "distant future sci-fi" effect. It has all-powerful digital overlords, highly intelligent robots, Glitches in everyday life and...hivemonks?
human insects aside, Railhead is a very gripping book which made me gasp after each chapter as the plot was so enthralling.
But most of the reviews that I have read only talked about "the young boy zen starling off to save the world!". Personally I believe that Zen's character was not very interesting and he had little to no personality and most of the motoriks(robots) had more of a backstory than him. Flex- which I believe 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘢𝘭π˜₯ have been the main character - was my all time favorite character, as they have a fondness with trains, which are, in fact, the main theme of this story. they also weren't very clear about the whole gender thing, constantly switching from male to female. Things like gender identity and sexuality (e.g. Yanvar Malik being gay) shouldn't be an issue when the whole galaxy is in trouble! this gives the story a sense of realism- this is something that should definitely NOT be ignored in this story!
I also really adore the proclaim of love between Nova and Zen at the end. Only because I knew it from the start.

If I was to rate this story out of ten, I would give it a ten because a lot of parts in the story are very funny but also give important life messages, like mental health issues and accepting people. This book reminds me a lot of the writing style of Rick Riordan, creator of the Heroes of Olympus series, as he also puts elements of lgbt representation and other important issues to a priority, but doesn't make a huge deal out of it, because if it is normal to see these things in real life, it is normal to see these things in a young adult book. The age rating I would give for this book is 12+ because if I'm 12 and can read it I'm sure any other 12 year old can.
once again, I adore this book with all my heart and hope it wins the Carnegie book awards!

Posted on: 10th May 2017 at 08:33 pm

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