Railhead

Railhead 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

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  • Title: Railhead
  • Author: Philip Reeve
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 371
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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 restThe 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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    1. “Aren’t you curious? Don’t you want to know what’s beyond that gate?”This is a book for the curious. This is for those readers who get excited by possibility. If you like the idea of a great, wild universe spread out before you, full of mysteries and secrets, then I highly recommend you step into this world.Reeve has created one of the richest, most imaginative worlds I have ever read about. It's set many centuries into our future, when Old Earth has been left behind and a great networ [...]

    2. Click here to watch an ambiance-enhanced video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.

    3. Cyberpunk-ish YA adventure, with an immediately-appealing, immersive writing style.Zen Starling makes his way by petty thievery. He lives with his older sister and his mother, who appears to be a paranoid schizophrenic. Throughout his childhood, she's dragged them from one placeto the next, never settling down, insisting that they're being pursued by shadowy enemies. But as the adage says, just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you. And that's what Zen learns, when afte [...]

    4. 4.5 stars rounded up. After thinking about it for a couple of days I rounded up my star rating on this one. This book is just so imaginative it really deserves it.Railhead is set in a fantastic future where sentient trains transport people across vast distances to other planets by means of K-Gates, a technology pioneered and protected by Guardians, powerful AIs who long ago appointed themselves caretakers of humanity. Zen Starling is a petty thief who is minding his own business when opportunity [...]

    5. “Thing about trains”, said Zen, “you’ll have to give them something, in return for carrying you. If you do, they’ll take you to any star-system that you want.” It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book with a world so rich. Philip Reeve wrote an absolute gem of a middle-grade sci-fi story, that will take you on a mind-blowing journey across the universe. You’ll meet many people of colour, droids who acts like humans, and these incredible beings called Hive Monks: "He was a c [...]

    6. More middle grade than YA, but I did enjoy this sci-fi adventure. At times it felt a little jumbled and all over the place, however the uniqueness of the world kept me interested. Giving personalities to trains was pretty cool. Hard to find much to say about this, while I enjoyed it for the most part it was still rather middle of the road. The ending was very frustrating. 2.5/5

    7. A heist, stargates, a space railway, sentient trains, robot friends and super-AIs. Why haven't you read this yet?Humanity has spread to the stars via a network of K-gates which are only passable in a sealed environment traveling at speed, so trains. The K-gate network is a multi-world rail network traveled by super-advanced trains with AIs. In one corner of the galaxy "railhead" and thief Zen Starling seems to be in more trouble than usual.Zen finds himself performing a "simple" heist, but soon [...]

    8. my my, what a struggle this one was. *das me strugglin through this garbage**das me once again, in the garbage compacter that this book was**das me asking dis garbage book what it thinks it is* aaanyways, i think i've made my point nice and clear. for the first 40 to 50% of railhead, i was actually enjoying myself. but, of course, things went weird and crazy and it all just went to shit. lemme break it down for ya =so, there's this dude zen. zen is a thief (naughty naughty). he gets recruited by [...]

    9. DNF at 100 pages in. I think I would've loved this book if I'd read it at a younger age. Unfortunately, I think this series is no longer for me. The characters are fine, the dialog is well-written, and the worldbuilding is interesting, but this is far more middle-grade than anything else. Not my thing. The writing is really getting on my nerves. It's really immature, complete with that severe overuse of ellipses here. Oh well. (Review not posted, as I don't have much of a review so much as a rea [...]

    10. Railhead was a book that I had seen in my local library and appealed to me since at the time, I was looking for a science fiction novel to read and enjoy. However after finishing this one, I'm feeling slightly disappointed by how the story turned out. Zen Starling is a thief and goes stealing lots of people's processions. He also lives in the Great Network which is full of trains and railway lines so exploring the areas is his main priority. He meets Raven who challenges him to steal from the Em [...]

    11. 4.5 StarsWhat a delightfully weird read. I don't think even it's harshest critics could deny that this book brings something completely different to YA sci-fi, which is quite an achievement as this is definitely an over-saturated market. Railhead follows Zen Starling, a petty thief who's recruited by the mysterious Raven to infiltrate the most powerful family in the galaxy and steal something for him. The story is set thousands of years in the future and revolves around an intergalactic rail net [...]

    12. 3.5, in realtà.È uno stile molto descrittivo, non ci si può distrarre un attimo perché viene descritto ogni minimo particolare di questo mondo futuristico.Il punto forte è proprio l’ambientazione, i treni che viaggiano nello spazio, i Motorik, i Monaci Alveare e le famiglie imperiali.Il protagonista ho cominciato ad apprezzarlo da metà libro mentre ho amato Nova, la piccola Motorik con le lentiggini! Un bel cattivo, con un buon piano e ben costruito. La storia magari un po’ prevedibile [...]

    13. "The Guardians mean well, but they have shunted the whole human race onto a branch line of history, and we keep trundling round in circles. It's time someone changed that."A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. No external considerations went into this review.I've been meaning to read Philip Reeve for years, but the library gods have always conspired against me - the first Hungry Cities book is never in the same branch that I am, e [...]

    14. 5 Stars Railhead Philip Reeve is a magical science fiction cyberpunk adventure. I rounded up this review to full marks because of how imaginative and just darn fun this adventure is. Zen Starling, is our main protagonist, our star of the story and is a young man(with a great name too). This is a far future story. Zen is small time Thief and an otherwise mischievous young man that has spent most of his life moving from one place/world to another with his sister and crazed mother. Zen is a Railhea [...]

    15. The nitty-gritty: An instant classic, Railhead deserves a spot up there with some of the best young adult fantasy/science fiction ever written.The train was gone, but he could still see her, striding along beside him in the sodium glow from the trackside lamps. The smell of space clung to her, rich and smoky. What was this that he was feeling? It frightened him, whatever it was.Finding a book that gives you the same feeling as a beloved favorite is a rare thing, so rare, in fact, that it’s hap [...]

    16. 4.5 stars, and I absolutely loved this! Wildly imaginative, incredible world building, and the same can be said for the story as well. Great, layered characters living in a very diverse society, and a heist with just a little romance mixed in had me glued to the page all the way to the end!I had this book on my tbr list forever because it sounded interesting and it surpassed all my expectations. It definitely will not take me as long to get to Black Light Express. This is an awesome gift from Th [...]

    17. The most interesting of this story is its world building.Taken place centuries ahead (maybe, being realistic here ^^) when earth refers as old earth, where there's inter-galaxies train which have its own consciousness, when consciousness entity not always in human form, and a lot more I never imagineStory wise though, not so much. It's follow many YA stories out there.Zen is a petit thief recruit by a mysterious man to steal an object. Zen get attached with his companion, an android girl. When t [...]

    18. This was a DNF for me.Really really not for me! This book is very pacy; it's very focused on galaxies and different worlds within space, it's obviously a sci-fi, and it follows a boy named Zen who is a thief and he enjoys using this system to his advantage and travelling between two different worlds.It's very gritty teenage fiction; there's lots of actionat is every genre I don't like: YA, action, sci-fi. For that reason, I really didn't gel with this book.If you enjoy really typical teenage fic [...]

    19. Riding the Rails -4.5 starsRailhead is the story about a street urchin and thief named Zen Starling. One day he is approached by a mysterious stranger who hires him to infiltrate the Emperor's train and steal an heirloom. Zen is ultimately a "railhead" so he jumps at the chance to ride the rails and explore the Great Network, no matter what the cost.What first attracted me to Railhead was the very cool train world that I got a glimpse of in the blurb. I never imagined though that it would be as [...]

    20. Railhead by Philip Reeve is a superb fantasy/science fiction book. It is filled with so much unique imagination, it was refreshing. It was a guessing game throughout the book figuring out who was really the good guys, was our hero doing the right thing, how was he getting out of this, and so on It was a great ride! The boy of the story was not who we think he is, the robot the helps him is more than a robot, so is others that help him. The man who hires him has many secrets that is later exposed [...]

    21. I really loved this book. Sci-fi, steampunk and a splash of something magical :) The characters were great, lots of twists and turns in the story,but the best partTHE TRAINS!!!Sentient trains! Each with their own personalities. Some were total badasses some were super sweet and two of them were in love! How cute is that!? Anyway I'm totally looking forward to the next book in this series.

    22. Zen Starling survives by stealing small objects and fencing them to Uncle Bugs (who is really a hive of bugs in humanoid form) while his mother deals with her mental issues and his sister works as a factory laborer. He is also a "Railhead" who loves to travel on the trains that connects the worlds together by tunnels called K-Gates which propel the cars through hyperspace. When a mysterious man named Raven asks him to steal a mysterious box, his life becomes extremely complicated and pulled into [...]

    23. When I reflect back on this, it was an excellent book with such unique concepts, mostly great characters and excellent world-building. But I just never got into it when I was reading. The writing style just didn't appeal to me and I didn't feel that it fit with the story. The concept and setting were both brilliant. It is a really unique world, rich in detail which Reeve has created. I loved the way the society was structured. The way details were gradually revealed throughout the novel was quit [...]

    24. Read this review and more at The Fantasy NerdsMaybe officially 2.5 stars.This is a story that with a setting that is absolutely gorgeous. The descriptions of all the planets and their beauty, the Great Network and K-Gates. The list goes on and on. Reading this at times felt like looking at art.The concept of the Great Network and the gates in themselves are nothing really special. Trains that transport people incredibly quickly across the universe: we have teleportation in pretty every science f [...]

    25. Not bad!I enjoyed this book off and on. The story focuses on a poor kid named Zen Starling who lives in the future where space travel is done on trains through K-gates, and the whole Network is controlled by the Emperor and his family who are sort of controlled by these god-like beings called the Guardians, who supposedly created the Network and K-gates. Zen gets tangled up in a scheme where he's used as a pawn and wouldn't have anything to do with the plot except that he was unwillingly throw i [...]

    26. A breathtakingly original and fast-paced scifi adventure. Railhead is one of those books that sounds absolutely ridiculous when you try to explain it - set in a future where travel between worlds is possible aboard sentient trains (yes, you read that correctly), Railhead follows street urchin Zen Starling as he attempts to steal a seemingly innocuous box from the Emperor’s private train, and finds himself caught up in events which could change the universe as he knows it forever.Like a lot of [...]

    27. The world Phillip Reeve has created is AWESOME. Not since the Potter books has a book held my interest as well as this one did. I was completely surprised by how much i love this book. I have hopes that there will be a book two. It is a standalone, but there is so much possibility with the way this ended.This book is set in the future and follows a young, poverish thief named Zen. Zen is a railhead and lives to ride in these trains that run from portal to portal around the universe were society [...]

    28. An imaginative concept that suffered from having one-dimensional characters. For me, the characters are just as important as the plot and in this case, Zen Starling isn't characterized well, so there was never a point in my reading experience, where I connected with him. There's also something about the writing that just didn't hook me to keep reading. I never felt any tension even in the action-packed scenes.I was really looking forward to this. I'm terribly disappointed.

    29. I want to live inside Philip Reeve's head. That man has an incredible imagination I was fell in love with Mortal Engines, but OMG this new world he has created is even richer than that one. There is just so much to this book! The world is a future humanity based upon a network of basically magical teleportation railways called K-Gates that allow incredibly fast travel between different planets. I love this! They were created by mysterious Godlike A.I. beings called the Guardians for the benefit [...]

    30. “You know, sometimes a thing, a system, a creation grows so old, and corrupt, and weighed down by its own baggage, that all you can do is change it. Move on. Start afresh. It's frightening, but it has to be done.”If you know me you’d know I love sci-fi books. Space, its secrets and its possibilities have always intrigued me. Imagining far away worlds on other planets, aliens and humans living together, a new kind of universe unfolded before our eyes, that’s something I want to witness bu [...]

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