About the Book
Author: Victoria Scott
Pub. Date: February 23, 2016
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Format: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
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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.
Excerpt from TITANS
by Victoria Scott
My eyes dart to the box, a chill rushing over my skin. A Titan 1.0, he said. The very first model ever designed. They never even made it to the track, and there’s no mention of the machines on cyclonetrack.com. The only thing I ever found about them was a single blog post by a Titan enthusiast, who said the first model was quickly discontinued due to jockey/Titan misalignment.
“This is a first edition?” I ask, my voice breaking.
“The most advanced version created,” Barney responds. “It was all downhill from there.”
I doubt that’s true. Otherwise, why wouldn’t Hanover Steel still make them? Before I can think more on this, Rags lifts the lid. I stare in wonderment at the machine—the steel a shade too dark, its hooves a touch too bright. Other than the color difference, I can’t see what makes this model a 1.0, and the others I’ve seen 3.0s. What am I missing?
Rags slips off a key from his ring and inserts it into the horse’s control panel. At first, nothing happens, but after Rags pushes a few buttons, and eventually slams his open palm against the machine’s side, a soft whirring sound begins.
“Holy cow,” Magnolia whispers.
“After all this time,” Barney says at the same time.
As for me, I stay quiet. But a spark of electricity shoots from my feet, up my torso, and down into my fingers. And when the Titan stirs in its black and yellow coffin for the first time—a simple twitch of its head—my heart jackhammers in my chest.
I lean forward, my pulse thrumming in my ears, and inspect the Titan.
“Careful,” Rags says.
I stretch out a shaking hand, my mouth painfully dry, and lay it ever so gently on the machine’s neck. Cool metal rumbles beneath my fingers for only a fraction of a moment.
And then its eyes flash open.
The entire coffin rocks and the machine thrashes from side to side. Magnolia releases a small scream, and Rags grabs me and yanks me backward. As the four of us look on, the horse continues to flail until finally, finally—
The Titan rises to its feet.
I just loved it, Victoria delivers a story that will keep you flipping pages.I loved the stetting and the way Victoria delivers this world I have just never read about before. Just action packed and filled with so much more! Make sure you check out the blurb.. I wont go all into that!! LOL
From page one I was hooked. I so enjoyed the whole world with these cool Titian’s and loved finding out how they were built and what they were built for. Astrid’s family has always struggled and she hates it, she needs to find a why to makes thing better. Find a way to stop living in limbo. These cool Titian’s, who are special mechanical horses that are built and made to race and win big. But the catch it they are not cheap and racing is not cheap either. But Astrid has always found then interesting and when she get the chance of a life time to race one, how can she pass it up.
I loved Astrid, i loved that she was someone who wasn’t going to get anything get in the way and she knew what she wanted and went for it. I loved that she had a little sas as well! There are some great characters in this story you will come to love as well, each and everyone fits the story perfect and I love that about Victoria’s books she always knows how to pull you and makes you enjoy every single thing about her books!
If you are looking for a book that will take you into a world that is fascinating and will keep you wanting for more then Titans is the one for you. This book is for all ages!
Victoria Scott is a teen fiction writer represented by Sara Crowe of the Harvey-Klinger Literary Agency. She’s the author of the FIRE & FLOOD series, and TITANS published by Scholastic, and the DANTE WALKER trilogy published by Entangled Teen. Her books have been bought and translated in eleven foreign markets including the UK, Turkey, China, Poland, Israel, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Taiwan, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.
Victoria lives in Dallas with her husband and hearts cotton candy something fierce.
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