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Abhay, Dartford Grammar School



Railhead Book Review
By Philip Reeve

Railhead is an intriguing piece of literature which was extremely descriptive. I felt that this book was fantastic as the protagonist was fascinating, the scene that was set was absolutely brilliant. I was hooked on to this book because of the gripping story.

I believe that the front cover of the book was well illustrated/chosen. The reason for this is because it triggers many questions such as who is the girl in the red coat and why is it called Railhead? The blurb of Railhead is not too revealing yet gives just enough information. A blurb is supposed to entice the reader and I believe it does just that. It tells us about Zen and how he steals, but it doesn't explain anything about the main plot, therefore, it is a well written blurb.

Genre: Science Fiction

Railhead is a Science Fiction novel, written by Philip Reeve about a petty thief named Zen. The setting is set in a futuristic place and this made it very interesting. It follows the story of a petty thief, Zen, who has a family of three. His mentally unstable mother, his hard-working sister and himself. One day, Zen is approached by a man called Raven. He gives Zen Starling an offer he can't refuse.

This book was definitely worthy of being shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal as it was an extremely well written book. It included a fantastical setting with admirable characters. Overall I would give this book a 5 out of 5.

I personally think that Railhead was for ages seven plus up to 18 years old. I also feel that it is suitable for both genders as regardless of the theme, it was largely fascinating.

Posted on: 17th May 2017 at 06:18 pm

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