Available February 2016 from Scholastic
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.
Some of you might be wondering why I picked this book given there's no mention of a romance in the synopsis and you all know I LIVE for all things swoon-worthy in my books. But you know what this book has instead? HORSES! I grew up riding horses, so the minute I saw this cover I knew this was the book for me. I want a mechanical horse of my very own. I would ride her to the bank. And the grocery store. And on any and all other errands because how badass would that be?
Yes to Astrid and her early model Titan! I'm rooting for them already.