Despite being a young adult fiction novel Railsea is a very interesting steampunkish novel. Railsea is Imaginative and it’s story brings sufficient novelty to be worth a read. It is written by China Mieville most likely the greatest author since Mark Twain.
The world of Railsea is one where there are no oceans, only a sea of rails that crisscross a dangerous prairie landscape where all sorts of carnivorous animals live below the ground waiting for a unfortunate person to walk on the ground.
The rail sea is broken up by islands of solid rock. These islands of rock are where the cities and nations are located. Men and women from all nations and backgrounds crisscross the rail sea in search of fame and fortune.
The story of Railsea centers around a young man name Sham who works on a train that hunts the giant moles that live under the Railsea. Sham is a moletrain doctor’s assistant and not a very good one. While not miserable he would prefer to be a salvager, someone who searches the railsea for ancient technological artifacts from a more advanced era.
As the story progresses the life and that of the entire crew of the moler train Medes change as they encounter information that will lead them to the edge of the RailSea.
A young adult fiction written by the great China Mieville. It’s a very straight forward read that reflects Mieville brillance for keeping a story interesting. There are some shared visuals with some a Mieville’s previous works like Bas Lag.
It’s a fun story and avoids a lot of the cliches other similar Steampunk works at time can fall into.
How it ends
Don’t read if you don’t want to know
Sham and the Crew of the moling railtrain Medes out run their pursuers both people and mole to find the end of the railsea. Across a giant chasm is a single railbridge .
After the Medes crosses the bridge they discover the disappointing descendants of the railsea’s creators. And find a sea made of water on which to set sail.