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 has settled (kinda like gojng down a pipe in Super Mario Bros video games). We have trains that think on there own, an android designed to be humanlike (Raven) , groups of insects hive together that form a sort of very intellegent creature, and so much more.
This book starts out great and doesn't let up until the end. I love the relationship between Zen and Raven. I love the trains, I love them alot. It is young adult, but that didn't stop me from loving this at 33 years of age.
I recommend this to anyone who likes sci/fi or fantasylooking to lose themselves in an easy to read book. This is easily in my top ten books of all time.
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for providing an ebook for review purposes.