Titans is another book that I read in just two days. It was so good I struggled to put it down to go to class and work. As someone who has spent their life on horseback I really loved this book.
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 will 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.
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Titans is a book that I would recommend to anyone, not just because the material appeals to me, but because it is well written and moving. It has quickly jumped to the top of my favorite book list. The book has a lot of focus on family values and how important it is to Astrid to keep her family together while they are facing adversity. The lengths that Astrid is willing to go to in order to keep her family together is heartwarming. The bonds she forms with the rest of her racing team is also heartwarming and something I could relate to through my own experience with horseback racing. To me though, the most heartwarming bond she forms is that with her Titan, Padlock. Even though he is a mechanical horse, he has been programmed to feel emotion and have the instinct of a real horse. During the course of the novel Astrid and Padlock must learn to trust each other and work as a team. The more they race together the stronger the bond becomes. Astrid and Padlock’s bond as teammates is a perfect depiction of the bond I’ve felt with my own horses over the years.
Victoria Scott’s beautiful world building and vivid characters make the novel all the more enjoyable. The characters she has created and the problems they face as a family make the family feel all the more real. The members of Astrid’s family are not flawless, they are perfectly imperfect characters. Scott creates the tension is Astrid’s fracturing family perfectly. You can really relate to the problems they are facing. Then you have the support system Scott builds around Astrid is perfect. Astrid is given mentors to guide her through the races with Padlock; mentors that become her beloved friends. On top of these mentors, Astrid receives support from her best friend, Magnolia. Astrid and Magnolia’s friendship is heartwarming throughout the course of the novel. Magnolia’s unwavering support of Astrid shows the strength of friendship and the loyalty they have toward each other.
There was so much I could relate to in this book. I loved every word of it. The action, the adrenaline of the races, the emotions of the jockey and horse. That bond is one that I can strongly relate to. I have always felt like my horses are my closest friends. Seeing the bond written about more in novels warms my heart.