Sunday, February 7, 2016

5 Star Scholastic ARC Review: Titans (Victoria Scott)


Book: Titans
Author: Victoria Scott
Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: February 23rd 2016
Publisher: Scholastic Press

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. 

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Victoria Scott
Victoria Scott is the author of TITANS (Spring 2016), VIOLET GRENADE (Summer 2017), the FIRE & FLOOD duology, and the DANTE WALKER trilogy. She is published by Scholastic and Entangled Teen, and is represented by Sara Crowe. Two of her novels, SALT & STONE and TITANS, have received starred reviews, and FIRE & FLOOD was nominated as a YALSA Teens' Top 10 book. Victoria's novels have been bought and translated in eleven foreign markets. The author lives in Dallas, and loves hearing from readers.

the Titans will run...."

Titans is an young adult book that has science fiction, action, and a fascinating story-line. Titans revolves around a young girl named Astrid who is fascinated with the titan races that uses mechanical, scientifically designed horses to race against each other. The closest Astrid gets to the actual races is watching them from behind a fence from a chance meeting with an mysterious old man she actually gets the opportunity to compete in the races and possibly win the two million dollar prize which would change her and her family's life forever. 

I absolutely love Victoria's writing style and how each of her characters is special and unique and keeps me drawn to page after page. Astrid's best friend is named Magnolia and she is a fascinating character who brings out humor and so much life in the story.  She is always there when Astrid needs her and they share the good and the bad and are always there for each other. 

I love the part of the story where Astrid's family is very poor and barely making ends meet and Astrid overcomes so many trials and tribulations and fights to get her family together and surviving. 

"I have to win the Titan Derby. I won't settle for the way things are. 
Now when I know they could be so much better. "

The world-building in this story is amazing and how well the author explains the concept behind the horse and the races makes this idea truly seem possible. 

Victoria always writes the connections between her characters and the animals in such a way that you find yourself completely attached to each and every character and cheering for them to survive. 

I have read that some people are saying the story needed romance but I actually found it refreshing and different and I was able to focus more on the story and all the characters interwined within it. 

Titans had everything in it to make a great stand-alone....interesting characters, fascinating story-line, and a perfect conclusion that wraps up the story perfectly....So needless to say...I LOVED THIS BOOK and I would advise anyone who enjoys young adult books to dig in immediately. Victoria Scott writes phenomenal books and I have loved each and every one of them and am looking forward to the next one!!!

**The quotes from this book have been taken from an Advanced Reading Copy and are subject to change when the final book is printed. Please refer to the final, finished copy for exact quotes!**

**I want to say Thank You to Scholastic for the opportunity to review this book!!**

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