Train to Nowhere

Train to NowhereIn The Far Future, A Silver Train Glides On A Cushion Of Air Across The Wild Mountains, Carrying Within Its Plastic Walls The World Of Orphans Its Destination Nowhere The Illegally Born Must Live Out Their Lives Inside This Computerized Train Admin Wills It So But Young Garland, An Orphan Musician, Seeks A Different Destination Freedom.

When working in biology, I missed art When working in art, I missed biology It took a bout of multiple chemical sensitivities to limit me to writing At last here was a niche in which I felt old clothes comfortable At last I could indulge all my interests, from art and science to nature and spirituality, from reality to fantasy My most recent awards range from honorable mention to editor s cho

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  • Paperback
  • 383 pages
  • Train to Nowhere
  • Gloria Piper
  • English
  • 12 November 2018

10 thoughts on “Train to Nowhere

  1. says:

    When I first started reading Gloria Piper s Train to Nowhere, my initial reaction wasn t kind The first chapter immerses readers in the world of Orphans, a hedonistic culture imprisoned in a train on an endless loop for their parents crimes think Chinese population control laws To make it confusing, the Orphans language incorporates tons of computer related words that can be initially baffling e.g., deleted means killed, surfing the web means travelling, etc So I will start with the bad Chapter 1 tosses readers into a society so foreign, culture shock results.Now the good everything else about Train to Nowhere, from Chapter 2 to the very last word, is absolutely fantastic Culture shock quickly dissipates, and readers find themselves transported to a full, lively, and understandable world Chapter 2 introduces the reader to Hedge, and it becomes immediately clear that Hedge, driven by his ambition, is not above stepping on others to get where he feels he deserves to be But what makes him dangerous is that he has real talent and cunning as sharp as a tack.Hedge is part of the Landeds society, a civilized community I imagined to be similar to an Amish community, but with some technology Although, the Landeds are free to roam about, their actions are subject to another kind of prison the suffocating prudeness of societal norms The Landeds are identifiable, perhaps a version of America that has been or is to come.The last of the three societie...

  2. says:

    The novel plunges the reader into an Orwellian nightmare, and as I ve noted from other reviewers, it is difficult to get to grips with the text in its opening chapters However, for science fiction fans in particular, I feel the author does a praise worthy job of engendering a new language, a computational alternative to traditional discourse akin in its adept handling to Tolkien s Middle Earth vocabulary, to offer a rather poor comparison Although I found such terminology as Virus taken somewhat jarring to begin with, I felt that as the story progressed I began to comprehend this dystopian alternative reality and its nomenclature The general language is straight to the point, simple, but with a refreshingly detailed eye and some wonderfully piquant descriptions The characters, Garland, Little Byte and Hedge, albeit difficult to empathise with at first, endear themselves to you the former anyway , and the relationship between Hedge and Garland grips the reader in its clawed throe This is not usually my ...

  3. says:

    Train to Nowhere is a very creative sci fi journey that portrays a strange future society on an Earth ravaged by overpopulation if I ve read the clues correctly It doesn t provide any straightforward recounting of the history of this new world but lets you learn as you go based on the lives the characters lead In general I much prefer the subtlety of this style, although I did find it a little difficult to come to a full understanding of this unfamiliar era and could have used maybe just a bit structural background.The main characters are set up to be compared and contrasted at every turn and, personally, I was fascinated by the ongoing nature vs nurture undertones But make no mistake, the two characters, Garland and Hedge, are nothing alike in the end as it builds to a suspenseful conclusion.All in all, Piper has created a very imaginative world with well nuanc...

  4. says:

    I can summarize this descriptive, dystopian book with a consideration about dreams never stop dreaming And the corollary attached to it be careful what you dream, your dreams might come true.Three, almost unconnected, societies castes each of them revealing the author s thoughts about our future, a pessimistic one, for sure share an Earth that is very different from the one we now know A future ruled by an AI Admin morphed into an almost divine overseer, keeping people separated in Nomads, Landeds and Orphans, in order to rule them easier The ruled know only what they need to know, and they are pushed to despise each other Yet, information is always a slippery thing that likes to mock any controller, and that s why, from all characters, I prefer Dos, the librarian he is the proof that Admin s mind conditioning can be overcome by determination, not by luck.And, to close, one of the most appe...

  5. says:

    in exchange of an honest review I loved this book Ms Piper s book has magical affect on me Simply because it was different from the stuffs I ve been reading for past few months Different in a feel good way The book is full of delightful characters Little Byte, my favorite and the dialogues are exquisite Story though simple is full of computer jargons which reminded me much of an onerous IT course, I went through in graduation I had my days, sigh The plot is structured through three tiers of the silver train Orphan, Landed and Nomads put in hierarchically, where Orphans are least privileged ones and had most of the restrictions on their way Garland the main character is ambitious and knows his destination as he breaks through the structure to find his way out.The book is descriptive and sucks you in a well knitted dystopian world With many themes associated it is boun...

  6. says:

    An imaginative and enjoyable sci fi adventure which benefits greatly from a strong, descriptive narrative and the two contrasting main characters, Garland and Hedge There was enough in it to warrant a re read as I m sure I ll enjoy it a...

  7. says:

    4.5 starsTrain to Nowhere is set in a dystopian world in which a population crisis led to the three castes Orphans, Landeds, and Nomads The two main characters, Garland and Hedge, come from two different cultures Orphan Garland lives on a train that travels aboveground permanently Hedge lives among the Landeds, a relatively moral society than Orphan This coming of age story focuses on Garland who, na ve at first, has to grow as he s thrust into the Landeds world and has to struggle to find out who he really is and where he belongs.Hedge s dark and manipulating nature is fascinating to read about while Garland comes out as indecisive and na ve The strength of the book lies in the world building, from the interior of the Silver Snake to the Western World of the Landeds with carriages and horses to the Nomads with clan like, reminiscent of Native American tribes Orphans and Landeds are controlled by a computer AI known as Admin part human and AI It s not made very clear in the beginning why the AI looks after the Orphans, but it s implied that some of them become the AI.The beginning of the book with the Orphan jargon is quite jarring and, unfortunately, and frustrating...

  8. says:

    This absorbing novel is a sci fi story mixed with an element of fantasy In it the two main characters, Garland and Hedge, are in conflict through an event in their past which does not become obvious to the reader for quite a while The Train to Nowhere is on a continuous journey with its passengers of Orphans and Landeds for reasons that are never explained There is another community, Nomads, who are free to roam and trade outside the train Garland feels a strong need to be free and to escape his controlled but comfortable life on the train I liked the way that the author plunges the reader into life on the train and into the contrasting lives of Garland and Hedge My curiosity about how this future came about led me to continue reading and the tale of each protagonist grabbed me from chapter 3 But I was disappointed not to find out what had caused the situation they were in For example why was the train pulled by a team of 21 horses And if there was no power available for transport how come there were computers everywhere, on and off the train, which would r...

  9. says:

    TRAIN TO NOWHERE is much darker than Piper s other books It explores the roles placed on individuals by society It s as if Huxley s BRAVE NEW WORLD and Twain s THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER became intertwined With the best ideas from both.In the book we travel with Garland as he moves from the very structured Orphan society on the Train which is run by The Admin , to the Landed society in the cities, which is ruled by public opinion not informed opinion, just opinion and the Nomads ruled by tradition.There is a lot of depth in this book, but don t let that stop you from enjoying it Its focus is firmly on the characters, mostly Garland and Hedge.As a villain Hedge is great, he worked hard to get to his position in Landed society, so when his Landed Privilege all the soft advantages or in this case not so soft afforded ...

  10. says:

    Train to Nowhere was an interesting and thought provoking read It has several strong components going for it, the most colorful of which is the setting and how the setting is portrayed The characters and plot are compelling, and the story is told in a fashion that is effective and crisp.Diving right into the world building one initial observation regarding the setting is the explicit yet smoothly integrated particulars embedded in the character dialogue This vocabulary perhaps slang , which appears relative to the setting scene character, is a quick and colorful introductory mechanism into the world In parallel, other aspects of the setting, such as behaviors, practices, and scenery, are revealed at a measured pace like honey from a spoon This pace allows the reader to become engrossed in such a way that the intricacies of this unfamiliar place became familiar and almost comfortable like a hot bath done right, i.e not entered abruptly.The setting deserves an additional note due to its ingenious structure There are three classes Orphans, Landed, and Nomad the classes are purposefully both culturally and geographically separate entities note the Orphans and Nomads are primarily mobile , and one wonders throughout the book whether or not these classes are equal to each other, which seems to be a thematic quest...

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