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This book was amazing. Railhead contained all the aspects that good book needs and was like an exciting mix up of Star Wars and Dr Who.
The story depicts Zen, just petty thief who steals to support his family and lives on the edge. Zen is enlisted by an mysterious outlaw to conduct a theft on a renowned train. Various things happen in the course of this that propel Zen into the secrets that loom in the heart of the universe. He encounters three kinds of intelligent beings: humans, machines and mutant insect swarms known as 'Hive Monks'. The machines are the nicest of all of them – both the trains, who are very cool, and the androids known as 'Motorik'.

Zen falls in love with a Motorik who insists she is human in every single way; a belief that becomes harder to refuse as their relationship blossoms. The Hive Monks are played mainly for gross-out horror that doesn’t sit entirely comfortably with the rest of the book. But even they have their dreams.
This was an amazing book, and I hope all who read it loved it as much as I did.

Posted on: 8th June 2017 at 03:41 pm

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