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Titans by Victoria Scott

Ever since the Titans appeared in her Detroit neighborhood, Astrid Sullivan's world has revolved around the mechanical horses. It's not just the thrill of the race. It's the engineering of the horses themselves 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 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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ISBN-13: 9781338095555
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 03/28/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 781,432
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: HL810L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Victoria Scott is the author of Fire & Flood, Salt & Stone, and the Dante Walker series. She lives in Dallas with her family, and is currently working on her next novel. Victoria adores getting to know her readers. Visit her online at VictoriaScottYA.com.

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Titans 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and peopled with believable characters... Would love to see this as a movie
Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
I’m such a huge Victoria Scott fan, it was no question whether or not I would read Titans. The Collector Series was so entertaining (love me some Dante Walker!) and the Fire & Flood Series is so action-packed and intense! Simply stated, I adore V. Scott and her writing, and Titans was no exception. Astrid is obsessed with Titans. Since the mechanical horses have been running the Derby in her local town, she’s spent a lot of time watching the races with her best friend. But it’s not all good… Astrid has a love/hate relationship with the Titans. Her father lost a lot of money betting on the races, and now her family is broke and in fear of losing their house. When Astrid is presented with the opportunity to race a mechanical horse herself, the prize being a HUGE financial amount that would help her family save their house, she decides it’s worth a shot… no matter how slim that chance of winning may be. Her best friend is more than happy to help, but her father is another story. It’s confession time… I have a silly (totally paralyzing) fear of horses. So I wasn’t sure how this book was going to work for me. I was sure that the fact that they were mechanical horses would help with my fear… but, yeah, even machine horses are pretty scary to me. I loved how Astrid’s horse, though, had feelings too. That made it a little sweeter… and maybe a little bit less scary. I adored the strong friendships and family involvement in this book. Though the families weren’t perfect, they stuck together when times got tough. I loved the friendship between Astrid and her BFF, Magnolia, the most. What a strong, consistently supportive friendship these two had. Another fantastic read from V. Scott!! I’m so excited to see what she comes out with next. If you guys haven’t read her books yet, you’re really missing out. Each series/book is so different from the others, so see which you feel are more “you” and go with those. I personally have enjoyed The Collector series the most, because… well, Dante. ♥ I can’t recommend her enough. A fast-paced, fun story with a wonderful message to go along with it. A must-read for 2016! (Thanks to Scholastic Press for the review copy!)
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
I wanted to read Titans because I loved Victoria Scott's first series and wanted more of her writing, characters and world building. Astrid is the main character and she is smart and driven and very interested in the Titan races. it's something she loves because of the horses which are a blend of animal and machine from what I understand that about 10% through. she loves The mechanics, the how and why to things so the build and the computer coding to get the animals to race and be good at what they're doing is right up her alley. it's also something that she hates because she is in a lower class family and it feels like the Titan races are where the rich get richer and poor bet all they have on the races. not only her grandfather has lost catastrophically his way of life, his home where she and her family were staying, he lost everything to betting when Astrid was young, leaving them on the streets. They were slung okay once Astrid's dad found a job at a factory but on top of it all 'dad has just lost his job. There is the family dynamics and friendship and it was complex but fascinating to read about. As far as family dynamics go, Astrid's dad is pretty overbearing and he is bitter about not having work and it creates a rift in the family at times. Astrid has 2 sisters Dani and Zara. they all three are pretty different Dani is dating a guy and she is pretty obsessed with him and she uses barbs like he would never let them lose their house or lose their job that he would protect them against their dad. Zara is the younger sister and she depends a lot on Astrid. their mom is both present and absent if that makes any sense. she holds the family together and she make them dinner and keeps house running and listens to them but when things get tough she kind of disappears into garden which is her main hobby. as far as friendship Astrid's best friend is Magnolia and I guess that's the case in some aspects of opposites attract because magnolia is very fashion and accessory oriented but their friendship still makes it because they share an interest in watching the Titan practices and races and they have been next door neighbors for forever so that was also a glue that holds them together. Along with the fact that Magnolia's dad used to work with Astrid dad and they have both lost their job and are looking for new ones now, there is a lot that holds then together, and they know they have someone who gets it. I also appreciated that there wasn't romance in this one. Astrid gets more focused on her family, friendship, and the help (from Rags and his friend) that comes from the most unexpected places. Most of all, she gets used to her unique Titan, and wanting to win the races, and therefore help her family and discover a lot about herself. Now, while I love a good romance, it is refreshing to have one without it. There is enough going on with the characters and the action of the Titans. I really enjoyed watching Astrid bond with the Titan aka Padlock and realize its limits as well as hers. She wants to believe that it's just a machine and that there's no cognizance or emotions or feelings but the more she's around him the more she begins to question that. There's one moment on their first run where she completely forgets what she's doing and how to do it and they're barely dodge a tree and what she finally gets her wits about her and gets down she says she swears she sees the Titan looking at her with an expression of you're
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Titans by Victoria Scott Publisher: Scholastic Publication Date: February 23, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: I must say, Victoria Scott writes books for me. I don't think I've been disappointed yet, and this is my sixth book I've read by her. There is something very refreshing about her writing style, and I'm pretty sure it accurately reflects her as a person. I adore the voice of Scott's characters, and the tone of all her books - humorous and heartwarming. Astrid has always been fascinated with the Titans, but she knows that the closest she'll ever get to them is on the other side of the fence of the track, watching. Those who are rich can afford a Titan, as well as the fees to enter the Titan Races. But this year, the fifth year of the races, Astrid is offered the chance to race a first edition prototype of a Titan. Astrid needs the two-million-dollar prize money to help her family keep their home, as well as to help her best friend Magnolia's family. Can Astrid go the distance with the Titan? Or will she risk herself - her life - in the process? The beginning of the story, before Astrid gets the opportunity with the Titan, was a bit slow. The author does an excellent job of setting the scene, the tone of the story, but I wanted the pace to move a little. When Astrid meets Rags, the older man with the old Titan, the story starts to pick up. It's not long before Astrid is training on the Titan (nicknamed "Padlock"), and running in the preliminary and qualifying races. She needs to secure a sponsor, and she does, in the form of Lottie, who apparently knows Rags (and Barney, who is friends with Rags). This book goes through race after race, and each race gets more challenging and daunting and risky. There are so many characters in this book, and I really liked nearly all of them. Astrid is bold and temperamental and stubborn. Magnolia, Astrid's best friend, is creative and fun. Rags, Astrid's manager, is grouchy and stubborn too. Barney, friend of Rags and former engineer of Titans, is good-humored and kind. Lottie, the sponsor, is honest and a paragon of class. Hart Riley II, one of the jockeys and competitors of Astrid, is hilarious and charming and wicked. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)