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Titans Hardcover – February 23, 2016
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Gr 7 Up—Seventeen-year-old Astrid Sullivan lives in Detroit with her family. Her grandfather lost their home in Wisconsin, and now her father is close to losing their home in Warren County. Betting on mechanical horses called "Titans" during the summer racing circuit is the vice that cripples families, including her own and her best friend's. Unemployed factory workers struggle, and betting seems to be their only way to survive. Astrid hates the racing circuit, but she can't help but be fascinated by the Titans. After a second chance encounter with an old man, Astrid is given the opportunity to race a Titan in the summer circuit and try to win the grand prize, something that would save her family from homelessness. This is a fun, fast-paced read. Astrid is a strong character anyone can identify with: she's headstrong and has trouble trusting those around her. But she has a can-do attitude that stems from her struggle to keep her family from falling apart. The races are very lively and action-packed. Perfect for fans of Maggie Stiefvater's The Scorpio Races (Scholastic, 2011) and Suzanne Collins's "The Hunger Games." VERDICT A fun addition to any library.—Faythe Arredondo, Tulare County Library, CA
*"Mind-blowingly intense." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Scott injects humor and heart for a can't-miss read. Where can I sign up for a Pandora?" -- Kiersten White, author of the New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy
"Scott holds her own in attitude and taut action, and Tella's voice is feminine, smart, and sassy. Importantly, although male-female chemistry is definitely present, the emotional drive of the novel doesn't rely on romance. Family, camaraderie, and Tella's bond with her furry Pandora companion matter just as much in getting her through the first part of her life-and-death race." -- Publishers Weekly
"Non-stop action and thrilling adventure will keep readers turning the pages... Scott captures the essence of what it means to sacrifice one's self for a loved one." -- Voice of Youth Advocates
"Tella is an especially strong and likable character, which makes this gripping adventure all the more enjoyable." -- Booklist
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Ms. Scott is a very good writer. During the races the sparks fly, and the mechanic grunting, the dirt and sweat are so vivid the reader can feel them. My only quibble is she uses about every word in the dictionary to substitute for “said.” Sometimes that works but sometimes not…
The book tells the story of 17-year-old Astrid who, by sheer luck, finds a “Titan,” – the name for the mechanical horses - and is able to ride him. Astrid’s family lives in Detroit in poverty and she sees the winning purse as a way into a better life, both for her and her family. She is surrounded by friends, a trainer but a father who disparages his daughter’s ambitions.
Science fiction, as a genre, is often criticized for a lack of characterization. The authors are dealing with ideas and intergalactic concepts. Flesh-and-blood humans often take a backseat to the story. But there are no one-dimensional characters in this racehorse book. Even if Padlock – Astrid’s horse – isn’t a living, breathing animal, he still becomes a wonderful character in the novel. The ending will touch your heart, if it already hadn’t been touched by Astrid’s grit and gallantry.
Scott is a brilliant storyteller, and I loved every moment in this book! TITANS has so much heart and I love the emphasis she puts on the importance of female friendship. Not to mention that it's a thrilling, page-turner with a kick-ass main character.
Astrid is REAL! She deals with real life issues and tries to find ways to overcome them; but isn't to proud to accept some help when it's offered. I really admired her strength and courage, but also loved when she showed vulnerability! Because as you will see in this book, sometimes being brave and in control is easier than being vulnerable and putting trust in someone other than yourself.
Of course I must mention the wonderfully sweet, brave and selfless robotic horse named Padlock, whom I loved soo much! He is a true character in his own right and honestly was one of my favorites!
First Scott made me want my own Pandora(in her Fire & Flood duology), now I am longing for my very own Titan!
This is a must have for any YA collection!
Only know that you should read this book. Why aren't you reading this book. Go get it now. You will thank me I promise.
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