Titans by Victoria Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A nice big thanks to the Wattpad4 for bringing Victoria Scott and Titans to my attention!
Going into this, I noticed that a lot of reviews, not without reason, compared this book to Maggie Stiefvater's The Scorpio Races, mostly because of the stories' shared plots involving some kind of genre twist on horses and horse racing. I have to say, though, that I preferred Scott's relatively little-known story over Stiefvater's heavily-hyped one.
For one, her book, because of its use of mechanical horses in a Twenty Minutes Into The Future setting, reminded me a lot of Real Steel. Its Detroit setting also made me think of a couple of indie horror movies I've seen lately, set in the same city, I believe - Only Lovers Left Alive and It Follows, which of course have nothing to do with Titans, but the association helps improve the atmosphere as far as I'm concerned.
What really brought this book ahead of The Scorpio Races for me, though, was its combination of addictive prose and a feeling of hope and lightheartedness even over its darker underbelly. I often have a hard time connecting to Stiefvater's leads and rooting for them (Sam and Grace being an exception, and also Noah and Adam, if we can count them as leads), but with Astrid, I had no such trouble. Astrid is, let's face it, cool.
If ever my sister finishes reading Jurassic Park, I might just recommend this book to her next. I bet she'd see even more of herself in Astrid than I do.
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