Railhead by Philip Reeve is a sci-fi lovers dream. A book filled with strong characters and an engaging plot. If anything, my only issue with Railhead is that it ends far too soon, with a conclusion that leaves me wishing for more.
Railhead is the story of Zen Starling, a boy who wanders the rails stealing artifacts and filling his head with riding the rails. One day however, after a robbery gone bad, we see his entire life change in an instant as he is drawn into a plot by the mysterious Raven and his Motorik assistant Nova to steal a device that may change life as Zen knows it. To do this, Zen will need to go undercover aboard the Noon train where one wrong move can mean life or death.
What makes Railhead so great is the perfectly detailed characters that boost the book from good to great. From Zen the dreamer to sentient Trains, to Nova, the Motorik who dreams to be more human, I was able to engage with characters that felt both new and immensely comfortable. Nova in fact reminded me of Data, the Android in Star Trek: The Next Generation, that always attempted to be more human and in doing so, taught us more about humanity. Nova was one of my favorite characters in Railhead even more so than Zen and Raven. If you enjoy sci-fi, you will love Railhead, and even if Sci-Fi is not your favorite genre, the idea of riding rails across the galaxy should appeal. If anything, my only suggestion to the author would be to please write another book! I would love to learn more about this universe and the ideas behind it. As such, I am giving this book 5/5 thought trains for an amazing story.
I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.
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