|Release Date: February 23, 2016|
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"From Victoria Scott, author of FIRE & FLOOD, comes a thrilling story of impossible odds.
Ever since the Titans first appeared in her Detroit neighborhood, Astrid Sullivan’s world has revolved around the mechanical horses. She and her best friend have spent countless hours watching them and their jockeys practice on the track. It’s not just the thrill of the race. It’s the engineering of the horses and the way they’re programmed to seem so lifelike. The Titans are everything that fascinates Astrid, and nothing she’ll ever touch.
She hates them a little, too. Her dad lost everything betting on the Titans. And the races are a reminder of the gap between the rich jockeys who can afford the expensive machines to ride, and the working class friends and neighbors of Astrid’s who wager on them.
But when Astrid’s offered a chance to enter an early model Titan in this year’s derby, well, she decides to risk it all. Because for a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, it’s more than a chance at fame or money. Betting on herself is the only way she can see to hang on to everyone in the world she cares about."
My Thoughts:Titans delivers an engaging read with a great concept. It also delivers fantastic, yet quirky, characters that you cannot help but fall in love with. This is a quick read that is very easy to get lost in. It has a very addictive quality to it and I loved that.
Our main character Astrid is great and I really loved her. She is incredibly strong and determined and I admired her in so many ways. I cannot imagine being 17 and in her position. Her family is on the brink of being evicted and when she has the chance to take part in the Titan races she doesn't even hesitate. But that isn't even the crazy part, her plans for the winnings and really her drive for the whole thing is to save her home and her friend's home. That is not normal 17 year old thinking and I loved her for that. I loved that her first thought was never for herself but for everyone around her.
Speaking of everyone around her, this book delivers a fantastic set of secondary characters. I absolutely adored Magnolia. She was a fantastic friend to Astrid and I cannot stress how much I loved the portrayal of a positive female friendship. No jealousy or drama... they were truly there for one another and did nothing but build one another up. I really loved this so so much. I also adored Rags, Barney, and Lottie. All three of them are great and were such a support to Astrid. Her family though. They made me rage. I have a few choice words for her father but I will not subject you guys to them.
What I also loved about this one was the pace. It moved along very quickly. The chapters were super short and I really liked that. It just kept the pace going. I also love that this book doesn't fit into one genre really. I struggled with where to shelve it. It definitely has sci-fi elements because of the mechanical horses, but then it's fantasy because this whole concept isn't something that exists, it had action, but then it read like a contemporary. I mean, the mechanical horses don't exist in our world, but this book really felt like our world simply with the addition of the horses and I thought that was cool. And just in case anyone cares, in the end I shelved it as a fantasy since that is where Amazon had it shelved.
Now speaking of mechanical horses... Padlock... I loved Padlock. The Titans element was so incredibly cool and I fell in love with Padlock. I want my very own please and thank you.
All in all, Titans is a really good read and is definitely worth the read. The concept is cool and it moves at a great pace. #TitansJockey forever!