Railhead: shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017

Railhead: shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017

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Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017!

"Come with me, Zen Starling", she had said. The girl in the red coat. But how did she know his name?
The Great Network is a place of drones and androids, maintenance spiders and Station Angels. The place of the thousand gates, where sentient trains criss-cross the galaxy in a heartbeat. Zen Starling is a petty thief, a street urchin from Thunder City. So when mysterious stranger Raven sends Zen and his new friend Nova on a mission to infiltrate the Emperor's train, he jumps at the chance to traverse the Great Network, to cross the galaxy in a heartbeat, to meet interesting people - and to
steal their stuff. But the Great Network is a dangerous place, and Zen has no idea where his journey will take him...

The long-awaited new blockbuster from Carnegie-medal-winning author Philip Reeve.
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Product details

  • 12+
  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 161 x 215 x 30mm | 434g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192742752
  • 9780192742759
  • 142,961

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Sci-fi fans will delight in this lightning-paced and satisfying read * The School Librarian * 'With many twists and turns along the track and high-octane action all the way to the thrilling climax, Railhead never lets up on delivering the thrills and creativity readers expect from a story like this.' * Young Post/South China Morning Post * 'The world itself is magnetic' * Ella Walker, Evening Echo (Cork) * 'A futuristic vision that enthrals and thrills' * Suzi Feay, The Financial Times online * 'Philip Reeve ... creates another of his extraordinary imaginary worlds, this time for teenagers' * The Oldie * 'Scope and potential fizz and pop' * Catholic Universe * 'a futuristic vision that enthrals and chills' * Suzi Feay, The Financial Times * 'Philip Reeve has again created a detailed, plausible new world in Railhead ... may well be up there with the world he created in his Mortal Engines quartet' * Toby Clements, The Daily Telegraph, Selected as Editor's Choice and one of the best books for Christmas 2015 * 'Its greatest pleasures are its details, which are as richly imagined as in the best adult science fiction' * SF Said, The Guardian * 'it's an adrenaline ride that takes the reader through multiple emotions' * MinervaReads Book Blog * 'an electrifying triumph' * 'Staff Picks', Mail Bookshop * 'It's a must read for sci-fi fans!' * Minion Potter, The Guardian * '...this novel may be the stand out sci-fi novel of the year.' * Starburst Magazine * '...the emotions of the characters (even the robot who wants freckles) draws you in wholeheartedly. Railhead is superb.' * Martin Chilton, The Telegraph in 'The Best Young Adult Books of 2015' * '...satisfying, twisting and turning without losing momentum' * Brosencrantz blog * 'A stand-out book in the overcrowded modern sci-fi genre, Railhead is an utterly brilliant and original story.' * Louisa Cunliffe, age 18, for lovereading4kids.co.uk * 'This book was so good; I loved every second of it.' * Megan Chambers, age 14, for lovereading4kids.co.uk * 'There were so many other extraordinary beings and imaginative details that pulled together to create a thrilling ride into a whimsical futuristic world.' * Library4Deliquents * 'There is plenty here to please fans: vivid world-building, extraordinary beings and a story of epic proportions.' * Fiona Noble, The Bookseller *
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About Philip Reeve

Philip Reeve is a diverse and hugely talented author. He won the Carnegie Medal for Here Lies Arthur and is also the author of the Mortal Engines series, and Goblins which was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.
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2,543 ratings
3.98 out of 5 stars
5 32% (825)
4 41% (1,031)
3 21% (530)
2 5% (123)
1 1% (34)
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