Tracked by Jenny Martin
About: On corporately controlled Castra, rally racing is a high-stakes game that seventeen-year-old Phoebe Van Zant knows all too well. Phee’s legendary racer father disappeared mysteriously, but that hasn’t stopped her from speeding headlong into trouble.
When she and her best friend, Bear, attract the attention of Charles Benroyal, they are blackmailed into racing for Benroyal Corp, a company that represents everything Phee detests. Worse, Phee risks losing Bear as she falls for Cash, her charming new teammate. But when she discovers that Benroyal is controlling more than a corporation, Phee realizes she has a much bigger role in Castra’s future than she could ever have imagined. It’s up to Phee to take Benroyal down. But even with the help of her team, can a street-rat destroy an empire? (taken from Gooodreads).
What I Liked: Wow, this book is like a female Fast & the Furious in space, with a dash of that Legend/Hunger Games dystopian appeal.
I love how Jenny Martin reverses historically masculine gender roles by making Phee the racing protagonist. Also, the world building and racing jargon was imaginable and believable. I’m curious to know her research process? Familiar smells were used to describe the world Phee lives in which was an element I appreciated.
After the first fourth of the book Tracked started to take on a life of it’s own and I found the plot-line fast paced and riveting. Plus, I must add that I loved the character Cash! All in all, this is a great start to what looks to be a new, and innovative dystopian series that is not like all the rest.
Who I would recommend it to: You! Jenny Martin will be at the Smith Public Library, along with a slew of other really awesome YA authors to discuss her book, Banned Books Week, and lots more. Read Tracked and come to our Banned Books Week Event October 3rd, from 1-3pm.
Reviewed by Audrey