In a heartstopping new novel from Fire & Flood author Victoria Scott, one girl bets her entire future on a race that she has no hope of winning.
How much can you rely on the family you're born into? What can't you accomplish with the family you make?
Astrid Sullivan's family can't catch a break. Her grandfather played cards and her dad bet on the Titans -- half-horse, half-car that race around impossible tracks. They've lost their home, their savings, and each other.
So when Astrid makes some new friends who give her the chance to participate in this year's Titan races, she wonders if it's worth risking everything. She never thought she'd even touch a Titan, and this one is first gen when the models racing are Titan 3.0s. There's no way for her to win... but with her family slipping away and her dad without work, Astrid can't help but feel like the only person she can bet on is herself.
Titans delivers Victoria Scott's signature blend of incredible action and impossible odds, and will leave readers' hearts racing.
NASCAR meets National Velvet in this exciting tale of a 17-year-old girl who risks everything to save her family from financial disaster. Like everyone else in her Detroit neighborhood, Astrid Sullivan is fascinated by the Titans, powerful mechanical horses who race on hazard-filled courses; when her father's gambling addiction and recent job loss make it impossible for the family to keep their home, Astrid is determined to make things right. After Astrid unexpectedly gains a mentor, an obsolete first-generation Titan, and a chance to ride in this year's Titan Derby, she throws herself into training and preparation, her eye on the $2 million prize. Right from the start, Scott (Fire & Flood) commands attention with the simple yet compelling premise, which tackles topics of privilege and class as it entertains. Astrid is a resourceful heroine, her relationship with her feisty best friend Magnolia is vividly depicted, and her mechanical Titan, Padlock, steals the show. Cinematic, but with real heart at its core, it's a thrilling SF update to the classic "girl and her horse" tale. Ages 13 up.