Come with me, Zen Starling, she had said. The girl in the red coat. But how did she know his name?Due out in the UK in October, Railhead is the latest novel from my favourite author, Philip Reeve.
The Great Network is a place of drones and androids, maintenance spiders and Station Angels. The place of the thousand gates, where sentient trains criss-cross the galaxy in a heartbeat.
Zen Starling is a petty thief, a street urchin from Thunder City.
So when mysterious stranger Raven sends Zen and his new friend Nova on a mission to infiltrate the Emperor's train, he jumps at the chance to traverse the Great Network, to cross the galaxy in a heartbeat, to meet interesting people - and to steal their stuff.
But the Great Network is a dangerous place, and Zen has no idea where his journey will take him
Today sees the official unveiling of the book's cover (above) as well as the launch of a competition to win an invitation to an event in London where Mr Reeve will give his first public reading from the book.
To be in with a chance, just follow these simple instructions:
To learn more about the competition, the book, and Mr Reeve's thoughts on the cover design, visit The Curious World Of Philip Reeve (the author's blog)