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Railhead: shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017

The long-awaited new blockbuster from Philip Reeve

Author Philip Reeve

Suitable for:  12+. Fans of Philip Reeve, particularly his Mortal Engines series.

Price:  £9.99

ISBN: 978-0-19-274275-9
Publication date: 01/10/2015
Hardback: 320 pages
Dimensions: 210x148mm

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Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017!

Zen Starling is a petty thief. A nobody. Destined to ride the rails to nowhere special. That is until Raven, a strange and mysterious figure, enlists him for one small job. One small job that might just bring everything in this galaxy, and the next, to the end of the line.

This page was last updated on 20 September 2017 at 04:30 GMT


  • 'There is plenty here to please fans: vivid world-building, extraordinary beings and a story of epic proportions.' - Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
  • 'There were so many other extraordinary beings and imaginative details that pulled together to create a thrilling ride into a whimsical futuristic world.' - Library4Deliquents
  • 'This book was so good; I loved every second of it.' - Megan Chambers, age 14, for
  • 'A stand-out book in the overcrowded modern sci-fi genre, Railhead is an utterly brilliant and original story.' - Louisa Cunliffe, age 18, for
  • '...satisfying, twisting and turning without losing momentum' - Brosencrantz blog
  • '...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'
  • '...this novel may be the stand out sci-fi novel of the year.' - Starburst Magazine
  • 'It's a must read for sci-fi fans!' - Minion Potter, The Guardian
  • 'an electrifying triumph' - 'Staff Picks', Mail Bookshop
  • 'it's an adrenaline ride that takes the reader through multiple emotions' - MinervaReads Book Blog
  • 'Its greatest pleasures are its details, which are as richly imagined as in the best adult science fiction' - SF Said, The Guardian
  • '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
  • 'a futuristic vision that enthrals and chills' - Suzi Feay, The Financial Times
  • 'Scope and potential fizz and pop' - Catholic Universe
  • 'Philip Reeve ... creates another of his extraordinary imaginary worlds, this time for teenagers' - The Oldie
  • 'A futuristic vision that enthrals and thrills' - Suzi Feay, The Financial Times online
  • 'The world itself is magnetic' - Ella Walker, Evening Echo (Cork)
  • '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
  • Sci-fi fans will delight in this lightning-paced and satisfying read - The School Librarian
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