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Full Throttle (Hover Car Racer Series #2)

Full Throttle (Hover Car Racer Series #2)

4.5 2
by Matthew Reilly, Pablo Raimondi (Illustrator)
Hyper-fast speeds come with hard choices, lost friendships, and what every racer dreams of--sponsorship by a professional team. Is Jason Chaser ready for the big time? Illustration.


Hyper-fast speeds come with hard choices, lost friendships, and what every racer dreams of--sponsorship by a professional team. Is Jason Chaser ready for the big time? Illustration.

Editorial Reviews

Reilly picks up the action where he left off in Crash Course (Simon & Schuster, 2004/VOYA October 2005), just after the race that qualifies young Jason Chaser and his crew for the Sponsors Tournament. The result of that race leads to another surprise when Jason is invited to drive a professionally sponsored hover car in the Italian Run, one of the four international Grand Slam race. With brother/navigator Bug and mech chief Sally McDuff in tow, Jason is off to Italy. The action accelerates "full throttle," leaving character development in the dust. Reilly makes a stab at a moral dilemma concerning fellow racer Ariel Piper, but it adds little or nothing to the story, and Bug and Sally get short shrift. Plot development is minimal; the two race events dominate the narrative. Still there is enough time leading up to the Italian Run to insert a note or two of intrigue and introduce some mysterious, if stock, characters. Short, choppy sentence fragments coupled with a keen sense of rhythm and timing propel the story right up to the slam-bang cliffhanger ending. This sure-pick for reluctant readers is bound to please action aficionados at any reading level. Apart from two course maps, line drawings by Raimondi were unavailable for review. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P M J (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2005 (orig. 2004), Simon & Schuster, 224p., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 15.
—Donna Scanlon
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-Jason Chaser, his brother Bug, and Sally McDuff attend the prestigious International Racing School in Hobart, Tasmania. With Jason as hover car driver, Bug as navigator, and Sally in charge of the pit, they are well on their way to success. Even so, they are surprised when they are picked to race in the Italian Run, one of the Grand Slam events that makes up the professional racing season. Intrigue and danger follow the Argonaut in its first foray into world-class competitions. Racing enthusiasts might enjoy this story from the not-so-distant future for its fast pace and detailed action. Unfortunately, the characterization and dialogue are filled with cliche after cliche, distracting readers from the plot.-Melissa Christy Buron, Epps Island Elementary, Houston, TX Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Publication date:
Hover Car Racer Series , #2
Edition description:
Reprinted Edition
Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Matthew Reilly is the New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of numerous novels, including The Tournament, The Great Zoo of China, The Five Greatest Warriors, The Six Sacred Stones, Seven Deadly Wonders, Ice Station, Temple, Contest, Area 7, Scarecrow, the children’s book Hover Car Racer, and the novella, Hell Island. His books have been published in more than twenty languages in twenty countries, and he has sold more than seven million copies worldwide. Visit him at MatthewReilly.com and at Facebook.com/OfficialMatthewReilly.

Pablo Raimondi moved to the United States from his native Argentina to pursue his dream of creating comic books. He has worked for both Marvel and DC Comics and has illustrated some of the top comic action figures, including Superman, Batman, and the X-Men. He lives in New York City.

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Full Throttle (Hover Car Racer Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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I've been a fan of Reilly since the beginning so I read all his books. His Y.A. series Hover Car Race has it's moments and is an enjoyable quick read. There are many spots I wished he would go into more detail but I guess he just wanted it to be a short series.