Railhead

Railhead

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The Great Network is an ancient web of routes and gates, where sentient trains can take you anywhere in the galaxy in the blink of an eye. Zen Starling is a nobody. A petty thief from the filthy streets of Thunder City who aimlessly rides the rails of the Network. So when the mysterious stranger Raven offers Zen a chance to escape the squalor of the city and live the rest of his days in luxury, Zen can't believe his luck. All he has to do is steal one small box from the Emperor's train with the help of Nova, an android girl. But the Great Network is a hazardous mess of twists and turns, and that little box just might bring everything in this galaxy -- and the next -- to the end of the line. The highly anticipated novel from Carnegie-medal-winning author Philip Reeve, Railhead is a fast, immersive, and heart-pounding ride perfect for any sci-fi fan. Step aboard -- the universe is waiting.
Publisher: North mankato, Minnesota : Switch Press, a Capstone imprint, 2016.
ISBN: 9781630790486
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Reeve
Characteristics: 333 pages ; 22 cm

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NedSu
Jun 07, 2018

While I freely admit that this book is not written for my age demographic, as a reader I expect a little substance to go with all the shiny ideas. The shiny ideas include the sentient locomotives, the lovable Motoriks, and Hive Monks. What is lacking is some semblance of cohesiveness. The book is kind of like the Hive Monks: all over the place, reconstructable, and easy to slough off when you get tired of it.

Need to suddenly have your character become an actor? Invent a story that explains how a poor kid was able to go to acting class. Tired of a character that had served its usefulness? Kill it off without looking back. In fact, kill thousands of sentients- maybe they'll grow back like a Hive Monk. This cavalier slaying without consequences is own of several lessons you could learn. Ill-planned plots come and end like an old starline depot.
The ending suggests a sequel, but if it happens, I hope the author takes a little care with a cohesive plot.

JCLChrisK Jan 29, 2018

Wonderfully exciting action that maintains just the right amount of suspense and energy from start to finish. At heart, this is a heist story; it just happens to be set in a universe of wonder: under the adrenaline are fascinating world-building and intriguing characters--of all shapes and sizes, far beyond human. And lurking somewhere in the background are enthralling science fiction considerations that keep simmering into awareness. It's not just action, but intelligent action. With excellently adept, unobtrusive writing. This is a universe I hope to visit again soon.

ELPLTeenLibrarian Jun 30, 2017

Sentient space trains! Androids! Technological apotheosis! What more do you want? What more could you need?! Sumptuous writing? Check. POC & queer representation? Double check. A future you could actually get excited about? AW YISS ALL ABOARD~

ArapahoeKelsey Nov 21, 2016

Railhead is a great new idea in futuristic fiction for teens! Zen Starling is a fantastic character, who just wants to help out his family, but gets drawn into a political game bigger than he could ever imagine. Throw in some space trains and wormholes, and you've got an incredibly engaging plot with action, betrayal, omniscient beings, and chase scenes.

I'm always looking for new Science Fiction that isn't always following the Science Fiction writing equation, and I think Reeve really took it to the next level with this story!

multcolib_rossb Sep 26, 2016

I came for the interstellar trains, and I stayed for the far-out ideas, the diverse characters, and the bang-bang-bang action. So good!

Carrie_K Sep 12, 2016

Trains in space - need I say more? Great worldbuilding, wonderful characters (including the trains) and an exciting plot that will keep you up all night reading.

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mslibrarynerd
Jul 12, 2016

Philip Reeve never fails to write an exciting adventure in an interesting world with unusual characters. I love trains and space, so this was perfect.

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