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Railhead

For the first time in a long time, a Carnegie book has actually had me hooked and excited - and if that's not a sign of a good book I don't know what is.

Railhead follows the story of Zen Starling, a thief who travels across the Grand Network to earn money and ride the rails. Although the premise is simple, it's a great concept. Instead of the traditional spaceships traveling across the galaxy, Phillip Reeve uses the idea of trains traveling through holes in the galaxy to get to other planets. The trains however, are conscious, and have minds of their own too. I won't spoil any of the plot, as I really would recommend reading this book, but the plot was one of the best aspects along with the characters. The characters are well thought out and diverse, which is refreshing for YA novel. My personal favourite characters were Flex (a genderfluid train 'tagger' who lives out in the Stacks) and Threnody Noon(who I can't really talk about without spoiling the whole plot...), although there weren't any characters I actively disliked. Even Raven, who is somewhat of an antagonist, I liked because his character was well thought out and unique.

I think the one thing I disliked, or rather thought was unnecessary about the book was the end with Nova. I won't spoil it, but for me it felt unnecessary for the overall plot. However, it was well placed and planned out, so it wasn't unexpected.

Overall, Railhead is a great book, and I would recommend it to literally anyone and everyone. I can't wait to read the sequel and find out what happens next to Zen!

Posted on: 12th May 2017 at 11:28 am

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