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Marian, Chobham Academy Book Group


The story is about a young Railhead named Zen, who is enlisted by an enigmatic outlaw to conduct a theft aboard a legendary train. Things happen in the course of this assignment that propel Zen into the secrets at the heart of the universe. He encounters three kinds of intelligent beings: humans, machines and mutant insect swarms known as “Hive Monks”. The machines are the most appealing – both the trains, who are ineffably cool, and the androids known as “Motorik”.

Zen falls in love with a Motorik who insists she is human in every way that matters; an assertion that becomes harder to refute as their relationship evolves. The Hive Monks, by contrast, are played mainly for gross-out horror that doesn’t sit entirely comfortably with the rest of the book.

Posted on: 11th May 2017 at 06:51 pm

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