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Charlie C, Devonshire House Prep School

Railhead

“Railhead” is a futuristic science-fiction novel that explores a world of dystopia but ignites a spark of hope in our hearts. This is a story about a common thief and an evil mastermind.

The main character, Zen Starling, and antagonist Raven, start as enemies, become friends but part due to love. The book relates to dictatorship in our world now as the rulers keep secrets from the population and try to make a world in their own image rather than letting change occur. I believe this book has a gripping story line that is like a roller coaster, twisting and turning with a drop at every height. The author created this effect by writing about both betrayal and loss, which creates an unforeseen atmosphere and relates to my roller coaster metaphor.

Despite all this, however, I think the book could have ended after the main event at the beginning. Instead, Philip Reeve chose to develop the plot even more, losing out on a lot of the description. This created an rushed story line towards the end. I feel that the final action scenes happened too fast and lacked emotion.

Overall I believe that this book would have been even better than it already is if it was split into two parts.

Posted on: 16th May 2017 at 07:08 pm

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