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Ella , Exeter School

Railhead

Railhead is set in a time when humans have migrated to lots of different planets in our galaxy. All these planets are not connected by space ships but by trains that can think for themselves and communicate. The world, which Phillip Reeve's has created, is full of surprises such as that instead of maintenance men they have maintenance spiders. The main protagonist is Zen Starling, a railhead, who is a thief but for a reason. He does it so he can support his family. However, when Nova comes to find him for her master, Raven, his life is turned upside down completely.
This book is constructed, very well, into four parts. Each part adds another twist to the already gripping plot. In the first part Reeves has deliberately not put too much about the plot because he is giving you time to get your head around the complicated universe he has created. As you being to learn more about this fascinating universe, you can imagine how much time and effort Reeves had to put into coming up with the ideas and then write the glossary in the back (a word of advice - read the glossary first so you have a rough idea of what most things are). Things that would not be creatable, if it were any other book, start to become normal as you get pulled into this thrilling universe. The character development is very well done. As you meet each character you see their first impression but as you get to know them more you learn that each character has a fascinating back-story even if they are a robot. I really enjoyed reading Railhead, once you understood the universe you can't put it down until you have finished it. Also you don’t know what is going to happen on the next page, let alone at the end of book. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a gripping read.

Posted on: 9th June 2017 at 03:12 pm

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