eBook - 2016
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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.


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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~

ArapahoeStaff1 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.

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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