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Black Light Express

With superb world building, gripping action, and ruthless political intrigue, Black Light Express delivers a breathtaking adventure into the darkest depths of space and is sure to please sci-fi fans and foes alike.   At the edge of the Great Network, a small-time thief and an android girl ride aboard a sentient train. They hurtle toward the unknown, ready to see what lies beyond the end of the universe. But Zen Starling and Nova leave behind worlds on the brink of chaos. Old rulers are dead, and now young Threnody Noon sits precariously on the throne. Unrest spreads like a virus, a rival corporate family grows hungry for power, and the once tranquil Empire seems bound for railwar and ruin. Watching everything are the Guardians--the mysterious god-like AIs to whom people of the Network offer their prayers and praises. But even gods have secrets. Secrets the so-called benevolent deities would do anything to keep hidden deep within the farthest reaches of existence. Return to the excitin

PublisherSwitch Press
BrandSwitch Press
Age Level12-18 Years
Reading LevelGrades 7-12
GenreFantasy & Science Fiction
Trim Size5 1/2 x 8 1/4
Page Count352
Paper Over Board

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School Library Jouirnal - Carla Riemer, Claremont Middle School, Oakland, CA

"STARRED REVIEW! As the narrative unfurls, the tangle of truth about the origin and control of the rails and K-gates is just as exciting as the hunt itself. The worlds and their inhabitants—track-building worms, delightfully aggressive retired war trains, unapologetic evildoers, and insects and multiple other nonhuman creatures—are distinct and crystal clear. . . .For fans of fantasy adventure, especially those who are new to the genre." - School Library Jouirnal

July 1, 2017

Critical Blast - Dennis Russo

"This book, like RAILHEAD, moves at breakneck speed at times, and Reeves does an excellent job of bouncing back and forth between the different story lines, keeping each going and you interested so you never forget what was happening, all the time bringing the story lines together like different train lines connecting cities across the country. . . .I loved this book as much as the first, and I know this because, as with the first book, I was truly sad when the book ended. . . .The minds and personalities Reeves developed for the trains is as cool as the organic beings he has created. An awesome story that I hope goes on, and I believe you will enjoy. Highly recommended." - Critical Blast

May 22, 2017


Booklist Online - Julia Smith

"Reeve’s planet-hopping Railhead (2016) ended dramatically with the opening of a new, interstellar train gateway, and this gripping sequel picks up as Nova (an androidlike Motorik) and thief Zen Starling emerge from it onto a new, previously disconnected world. . . .Action, imagination, and political intrigue pervade this book, but its most fascinating aspect is the gradually revealed mythology surrounding the Railmakers and Guardians—both godlike machine intelligences. A breathless, thought-provoking read in a series that shows no signs of losing steam." - Booklist Online

January 5, 2018


Kirkus Reviews

Best Teen Science Fiction of 2017

December 1, 2017

Kirkus Reviews

Best Teen Book of 2017

December 1, 2017

The News & Observer

Best Books of 2017

December 1, 2017

Critical Blast

Best Novel of 2017, Finalist

January 1, 2018

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

2018 CILIP Carnegie Medal Longlist

February 1, 2018

Philip Reeve

Philip Reeve

Philip Reeve wrote his first story when he was just five years old, about a spaceman named Spike and his dog, Spook. Philip has continued writing and dreaming up adventures and is now the acclaimed author of the Mortal Engines series, the Fever Crumb series, Here Lies Author (2008 Carnegie Medal Winner), and many other exciting tales. Born and raised in Brighton, England, Philip first worked as a cartoonist and illustrator before pursuing a career as an author. He lives in Dartmoor with his wife, Sarah, and their son, Sam.

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