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Alex, North London Collegiate School, Jeju, South Korea


Railhead was a fantastic book that used two completely separate topics and mixed them together (like making cake) - trains and space. It has a very unique setting. It tricked us into reading it over and over again by making it interesting enough and by making us check back through the book to remember the special settings and the ever-unique character names. At first I thought the plot would be something straight forward … like Zen going out and meeting Raven => Raven threatens him => and Zen steals something for him. No! As I was reading through I was starting to wonder when the turning point was coming up, where Zen's (not so) normal life was going to change into a hero or in this case a villain. The even more wonderful bit was when Zen first rode the Noon train and started to try and look round and when Zen started asking questions and started to look round and started to act like a normal boy who has rode the train. I was "Isn't he supposed to be all robotic and know everything and act like he had no emotions and then I thought "oh this isn't dystopian fiction". While every single book on every single bookshelf these days are dystopian fiction "Railhead" didn't follow what everyone else was doing and it was just totally unique and therefore that shows why Railhead will soon win the Carnegie Medal Award.

Posted on: 12th May 2017 at 09:12 am

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