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Railhead by Philip Reeve

Written by on Friday, June 23rd, 2017. Filed Under: Inspired Reviews


This was an impulse purchase after learning about its impending sequel Black Light Express. Having binged on a plethora of fantasy, both high and paranormal, going back to my sci-fi roots was refreshing and needed. Railhead feels like a space opera, with modern literary techniques, and a Whedon-esque reverence towards character survival. From the train heist debacle, the family fallout, and going up against The Guardians of space travel itself, this was a fabulous ride and I can’t wait to jump on for the sequel when it’s available.

Author: Philip Reeve
Where to find him: Facebook/Twitter
Publisher: Switch Press
Where to purchase: Capstone/Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Indiebound

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 hired by the mysterious Raven to carry out a simple job. All Zen has to do is steal one small box from the Emperor’s elite train, and he can live the rest of his days in luxury. But a hazardous mess of secrets and danger lies in wait on the rails, and in a universe so vast and complex, nothing is as it seems. For that little box might just bring everything in this galaxy—and the next—to the end of the line.