Titans by Victoria Scott
Published February 23rd 2016
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.
I absolutely loved this book! I loved the characters, the concept, and the writing so much. This was my first Victoria Scott book and I can’t wait to dive into her other books.
Titans is similar to The Scorpio Races, which is one of my favorite books of all time, but I didn’t feel like it was coping it (I have seen a review that compares the two books and they do have a lot in common but I didn’t really notice how similar they are while I was reading it.)
I love how Astrid continued so race even after she was told she wasn’t welcome and told that girls shouldn’t be racing. I love what she stood for and how she was so determined to race.
I loved the fact that there wasn’t any romance in this book, especially because it would have been unnecessary. It’s so rare to find YA books without romance, even when it’s unnecessary to have romance.
I really appreciated how this book had a lot of focus on Astrid’s friendship with Magnolia. I don’t often see that and I think it’s important to show that friendships don’t stop or get put on the back burner just because something exciting happens.
Overall, I can’t think of anything negative to say about Titans. I really, really loved it and I can definitely see myself rereading it in the near future. I would highly recommend this book, especially if you’re looking for a book without romance.