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Black Light Express

Written by Philip Reeve

Adventure Stories Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 13+ readers Recommended Children's eBooks Science Fiction

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Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award

In a nutshell: dazzling journeys into other worlds  |   Philip Reeve continues to turn us all into railheads in his glorious new sci-fi adventure. The follow up to Railhead, this is set in a gleaming future world where trains, great, beautiful sentient machines, travel from one world to the next. It’s a thrilling adventure and political thriller too, with a cast of young exiles, outsiders and rebels – petty thief Zen Starling, his friend the android Nova, ousted empress Threnody and the tough, disillusioned Chandni. Romance is never far away either, not least the romance of travelling on beyond the sunset. Full of scenes and images that bring you up short, and driven by an unstoppable plotline, this is epic, dazzling stuff.

You could point readers who enjoy this towards H G Wells or Ray Bradbury. ~ Andrea Reece

Black Light Express Synopsis

There was nothing, and then there was a train. A train with two passengers: a petty thief from a dead-end town, and an android girl who could be more human than the rest of us. Join Zen and Nova as they find out what really lies beyond the end of the universe ...

Take a ride in Philip Reeve's incredible imagination as he returns with this stellar follow-up to Railhead.

Full of extraordinary beings and utterly real, complex characters, of thrills and thoughtful moments, this is a stunning step beyond the universe which will appeal to both sci-fi fans and foes alike.

Black Light Express Press Reviews

A pleasing mix of the retro and futuristic, with an off-kilter love story at it's heart Financial Times

The quality of his writing will even charm readers reluctant to get n board with a sci-fi fantasy book Booktrust.org

For sheer power of imaginative world building Philip Reeve is hard to beat magicfictionsincepotter.co.uk

equally brilliant sequel Teach Reading and Writing

Thrilling, melancholic and philosophical all at the same time Financial Times

A colossal flight of imagination and an epic piece of story-telling Teaching English

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780192744791
Publication date: 06/07/2017
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780192744784
Publication date: 06/10/2016
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780192744791
Publication date: 6th July 2017
Author: Philip Reeve
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Science Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: UKLA 2018

About Philip Reeve

Philip Reeve was our Guest Editor for June 2012. Click here to see his books and some that inspired him. Philip Reeve was born and raised in Brighton, where he worked in a bookshop for years while also producing and directing a number of no-budget theatre projects. Philip then began illustrating and has since provided cartoons and jokes for around forty books, including the best-selling Scholastic series Horrible Histories, as well as Murderous Maths and Dead Famous. He's been writing stories since he was five, but Mortal Engines was the first to be published. Mortal Engines defies easy categorisation. It is ...

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