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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Children of the Railroad by Brian Krul is the story of 5 youngsters and young adults - Striped, Seth, Vince, Shane, and Troy - who left their home behind in search of something new and exciting. With three duffle bags and a gun, they were set to go to Montana where Striped had a bunch of “friends” and some cabins where they could set up a new life for themselves. However, what they did not anticipate was the fact that getting from Point A to Point B was going to be this difficult and dangerous. But now that they had decided to go, they were not going to back down and they would make it to those cabins. The way to Montana on foot and by freight train is not easy. Soon their loyalties are tested and they are left wondering: did they make the right choice?
Children of the Railroad by Brian Krul is a coming of age story about five young men who venture from their home in search of a new and better life. These boys struck a chord with me, not because they were rebels of sorts, but because of how reliant on each other they were. They were like an unusual family that needed the guidance of an elder but still liked to pretend that they were doing what they wanted. While the age range between 14 and 23 seemed a little too big to me in the beginning, the dynamics made more sense as the story progressed. It was a rather short novel, but it was enough to have me hooked. I read the whole thing in a couple of hours. The boys were rowdy, brash and overconfident, but over time they became brothers. They all had a sense of responsibility to Troy, the youngest of the bunch, and they paid attention to him even when things were getting a little difficult. It was a pleasant read, and I would like to read a sequel.