Archie, Ashmole Academy
Railhead is a fully enjoyable and entertaining book to read. It brings a variety of new and innovative concepts to Sci-fi, and despite falling into some traps in terms of cliche, it is by no means anything but a great read. However, I don't think that it is a book that could win the award. It seems more suited for and at times built around sequelisation, and the themes of dilemma and emotion which link all of the competing novels are not always apparent. Without spoiling any major emotional twists or plot points, the character relationships can seem played-out or, as aforementioned, cliche, and the book falls back on this to fill in context for certain characters who aren't necessarily given enough emotional depth or time to impress. While every book has these side characters, the utter lack of any reason to remember them makes it all the more apparent that they have been forgotten in terms of the plot.
Overall, while I would recommend it to fans of the genre, Railhead is not, in my opinion, a Carnegie award-winning novel.
Posted on: 4th June 2017 at 07:36 pm
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