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Emily, Chobham Academy Book Group

Railhead

I didn't have very high expectations of this and unfortunately I wasn't hugely surprised by how good I thought it was. It was better than I expected, but not really my type of book. I would never have read this had I been given the choice - didn't find the blurb or cover particularly enticing. Also I don't like sci-fi so didn't enjoy it as much as the other books I have read for Carnegie. However, it did have a good ending - this meant that I was kept hooked until the end as I wanted to know what would happen to the characters. Consequently, I would quite like to read the sequel.

Railhead is set in the 30th century and in an entirely different universe on multiple planets. These planets are linked by K-gates that are holes in space. The main character is Zen Starling who is a poor boy who steals for a living. He is recruited by Raven, a mysterious character who needs him to steal something. He also meets Nova, a motorik (type of humanoid robot) who is my favourite character as she is a sweet character in her own way. She is also a rebel in a motorik sense.

There are themes running through this that my negative mind-set failed to notice until I discussed it with friends. These are themes such as what it means to be human; some of the motorik want to be treated like us. I also think it is reminding us that it doesn't matter what you look like, it's what is inside that matters most.

I am rating this 7/10 as it was a good story, just not my type of book. I think having a map of the universe the story is set in would have really helped to make it less confusing. I recommend this to people who like sci-fi.

Posted on: 4th April 2017 at 01:56 pm

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