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Hover Car Racer (Hover Car Racer #1-3)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  3,011 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
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In the world of the near future, the most popular sport in the world is hover car racing. Superfast and dangerous, its heroes are the racers: part fighter pilot, part race-car driver, all superstar.


But to get to the Pro Circuit, you must first pass through the International Race School, a brutal cauldron of w
Paperback, 438 pages
Published 2008 by Pan Macmillan Australia (first published 2004)
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Sep 08, 2012 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I read the back of the book I suspected that this was gonna be Matthew Reilly's weakest book. Turns out I was wrong, the pace of this book is intense, the racing really comes alive of the pages. The plot is a bit formulaic "a kid from humble background fights his way to the top to compete with the best".

As usual with a Reilly book the characters are great and you can't help but cheer them on.

I remember reading this book at work whilst doing a very boring job of using a routing machine to ma
Zoe (Attic Salt Reviews)
Cliché, predictable and I loved every second of it!

Jason Chaser, a hopeful youth from a humble background, dreams of making it onto the national stage for hover car racing. Following the conclusion of a local derby Jason is offered a position at the International Race School. Jason and his younger brother, the Bug, find themselves in Tasmania (now a privately owned training centre) and in the middle of a political conspiracy, which threatens Jason’s position at the racing school and his life. Ex
Michael Cairns
Sep 27, 2014 Michael Cairns rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
I'm going to keep this short.
Sorry, in keeping with Mr Reilly's style of writing, I felt the capitals were deserved.
I've read all of his books and loved the early ones. Sorry, I know that's a cliche, but I've really been disappointed with the most recent series, the five something or others, the six thingamejigs and so on. I stumbled on this book without being aware of its existence and my love for Matthew Reilly has been rekindled.
I believe there are certain emotions that t
Tyson Adams
Mar 27, 2012 Tyson Adams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm very tempted to give this book five stars, but I'm not sure I can give a young adult audio-book like this such a high rating.

Eleven CDs kept me entertained while I was on the road for work this week. Matthew managed to keep me wide awake despite the long drives. On many occasions I found myself holding my breath and gripping the steering wheel, hoping that Jason and The Bug were okay.

Hover Car Racer is essentially Matthew Reilly for tweens and teens. He makes sure that every teen angst and t
Anuj Sharma
May 30, 2011 Anuj Sharma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Its strange that you know how this book will end even before you start reading it but still it keeps you on the edge of your nerves. A super paced thriller which is fast even by Matthew Reilly's standards (if that is possible) You'll find yourself cheering for Jason Chaser; urging him to win race after race battling against all odds. The characters are absolutely lovable and you develop a special bond with them, especially Bug; my favorite character. The boy speaks only once in the entire book a ...more
Aug 15, 2012 Gabrielle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: matthew-reilly
This is, without a doubt, my favorite Matthew Reilly book. It's a fantastic read and I would recommend it to anyone who loves adventure and a fast-paced plot that twists on every page!
Mar 10, 2016 Ernest rated it liked it
Reilly has crafted this most wonderful sports adventure book that positively zips along, taking us along the journey of Jason Chaser and his time in the International Race School in the fictional futuristic sport of hover car racing. The plot may be a little formulaic – ‘little guy with unconventional mentor struggles against circumstances and bigger foes with odds against him’ – but that matters little when things are this entertaining. The characters come alive in the world, and Reilly does a ...more
What a fantastic feel good story!! Wonderful storyline, wonderful characters. Typical Matthew Reilly insane action with everything working out perfectly in the end. Good for ALL ages, if you don't mind just a little bit of cussing. HIGHLY recommend to anyone looking for a story with heart and soul.
Sarah Kerr
Apr 25, 2013 Sarah Kerr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book-an easy, fun story... a favorite to re-read
Alexander Draganov
Furious, fast paced action, which blends the traditions of Young Adult literature with the high octane action of Formula One and "Star Wars" pod racing. Heartily recommended.
B.  Barron
May 17, 2017 B. Barron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
An excellent example of a really well written story based on a mediocre idea.
Ajay Venkat
Hover Car Racer is a Science Fiction, Sports, and Action novel written by Australian Matthew Reilly. This book is based in the future and is about a time when hover cars are invented. The novel, as the book title suggests, is about Hover Car Racing, a sport developed in the early 21st century. The fictional technology of hover cars relies on the magnetic field of the Earth, counter-balancing it to create an ultra-fast, new type of transport. This book starts off as being set in Australia, before ...more
Ben Langdon
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Oct 20, 2010 Phoebe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stand-alones
Hover Car Racer is set in a future world, where a man discovered the secret of hover flight, and gave the technology to the world for free instead of selling it. Because hover technology requires no oil or gas, such companies collapsed when the technology was made free. Hover cars can go really fast. I mean really fast - like, over 700km/h. These high speeds meant it was only a matter of time before someone wanted to race these things.

Fourteen year old Jason Chaser is a young Australian racer a
Sep 10, 2015 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Juvenile, clichéd, predictable nonsense. I loved every second.

This is more young-reader targeted that most of Matthew’s books (no exploding heads, no obvious deaths in fact), the dialogue has less profanity and even more gee-whiz cringe-worthiness (“Doodlebug”) if that were possible. None of this bothered me because I understand the target-market thing. And it IS indisputably still a Matthew Reilly book – incredibly fast action, maps, thin characters. I loved the prominence of Australia and the
Annie Munster
Dec 22, 2014 Annie Munster rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a FAST book. This story is fun to read and roars through at a cracking pace that mimics the hovercars themselves. All of Matthew Reilly’s stories are like this. They move quickly, the action is non-stop and big and the characters have heart. I have thoroughly enjoyed every single one of his novels and am always looking forward greatly to the next one. His latest – The Great Zoo of China – is amazing and quite possibly my favourite. Anyone who like an action blockbuster should check out a ...more
Feb 25, 2014 Dale rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This read was okay. A good example of building tension in a story. Since it took so long to read (well, listen as an audiobook) however, I can't let it get away without mentioning a few things that really annoyed me throughout...
1. The characters names. Every time a character was introduced I would just groan. They just don't seem imaginative at all, and are more often than not a description of the person or a corruption of a real-life name.
2. The premise that the whole world is addicted to hove
Dec 20, 2016 Don rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hover Car Racer is a fantastic book for young readers...particularly teenage males who like a fast paced, out there story line.

The story is a bit on the futuristic side but the pace, action draws readers into the excitement of this book.

The setting ranges from outback Australia to New York. Ever since my first Matthew Reilly read I have adored his books for the escapism and action. They are easy reads and I have often recommended them to young students who admit to not liking reading.

The only
Jeremy Cartner
Nov 18, 2014 Jeremy Cartner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm in the middle of a Matthew Reilly marathon at the moment, and unlike most marathons which are arduous and slightly painful when your dealing with a author of the caliber of Reilly this is a very good thing.
With Hover Car Racer Matthew Reilly returns to the world of Science fiction with this fast paced action packed read set in the not too distant future where hover car racing has become the number one sport. As usual the characters and setting is instantly recognisable and the action never
Aug 13, 2016 Lydia rated it liked it
Ah, I read this book years ago for a book club competition in high school!

It's not a book I would've picked up but I enjoyed reading it nonetheless. I appreciated the writing and I found it an easy read. I did like that the author included a character who seems somewhat on the ASD spectrum but I seem to remember not liking the fact that there weren't any particularly memorable female characters apart from one, Piper.

Even though I enjoyed it, I haven't picked up any of Reilly's writing since, an
Natalie Hennessy
Apr 12, 2014 Natalie Hennessy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
4.5/5 stars! I LOVED this book! Matthew Reilly has an awesome writing style that is made for movies (Disney should hurry up and make this movie asap). Jason, Bug, Sally, Ariel, their parents, even Scott Syracuse are all brilliant characters to read and they definitely through some character development. The twists in the races are gripping and you don't really see coming. The only reason this isn't 5 stars is because it is predictable in the sense that it's like "will he make it!?", and the answ ...more
Cathy (cathepsut)
I loved all his other books. Fluff. Very entertaining, fast-paced fluff with great heroes. But what was he thinking, when he wrote this? Minimalistic plot, no substance. Just an endless narration of one race after the other. This might work well as a biweekly release on the Internet, targeted at teenagers with no attention span. But it certainly doesn't work as a book. It is just repetitive. Each chapter feels like the previous one. Fast-paced race, hero against the odds, sabotage of his car, hi ...more
Aseem Achintya
Nov 28, 2012 Aseem Achintya added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Jason Chaser. Hover Car Racer.
i love the proposed technology of mag drives, but Matt missed out the fact that the Oil Magnates will still run a lot of the world. how can mag drives be made without fossil fuels for the refining processes?
loved the book. the first time i read it, i was a wide-eyed 11 year old. fiished the damn thing in 3 and a half hours. and i've only gotten faster. Xonora's a prick, but Becker's the asshole. The stuckup, spoilt instructor who trains them is a bit weird. i
Carys Martin
Apr 24, 2014 Carys Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, i received this book from my parents for my 16th birthday and honestly in the first week i had it i read it at least once a day. It is now throughly worn down but still loved to pieces

It is definitely his lightest book however does not lack on imagination and action. "Master Chaser' with the bug are two amazing young characters who never stop inspiring!! (Call me cheesy) but you have to love it!! Along with sally McDuff it tells an awesome tale of futuristic racing and i am now very keen
Angus Mcfarlane
As was the case with the other Reilly book I've read (Ice Station), this one was fast paced - in more ways than one - and enjoyed by both me and my 8 year old daughter as we read it together. (In this respect, I would have preferred some of the language was toned down, although for a older target audience it would have been relatively mild). I enjoyed the use of an Australian setting, albeit based on, and the playful use of well known Australian identities, whether historic or alluded to. A fun ...more
Aug 09, 2015 Sally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read this book 3-4 times already, but recently picked it up again to read during my 1.5 hour long train ride in the morning's. I'm not giving it five stars because it was written amazingly or has the most developed characters, but it will keep you entertained and on the edge of your seat and you can easily ignore the cliches and the simple writing. Maybe I'm a little out of the target audience range now so I nitpick about the minor details more, but I'll always love this book and I'll conti ...more
Jun 25, 2016 Arnav rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a good read and got me really into the world of hover cars. There was great description of competitors, mates as well as Jason himself. The plot was a little typical, an average boy fights his way to compete with the best. I knew what the end would be quarter way into the book, but all that does not matter when the book is so fast paced, thrilling and suspenseful that it stills keeps you hooked into it. This book gave a different feeling every chapter yet you never wanted to stop readin ...more
May 18, 2014 Sally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While more designed for teenagers than the others, this was still every bit worth the read, and as much fun as any of the others. A car race (the sort of thing I'd never normally read) with characters you instantly care for, this brilliant Aussie written another engaging action story that's every bit worth the read. No wonder he did for teenagers what JK Rowling did for younger readers. This stuff is great, even if you're not a teen.
Jan 28, 2015 Mauzi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was just such a fun read - moments of wtf-ery aside, you can't help but root for Jason and his Argonauts his racing team. Yes, there were faults, but looking at it as very much a kids/tween book, it ticks all the boxes - fun characters, action, adventure, extreme sports, girls, fame and villains. It's another one of Reilly's that I've read multiple times, and I enjoy it every time. :)
Jan 22, 2012 Nhi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any young teenage boy
Even if you're not a teenager, or a boy, you'll love this book simply for the ride it will take you on. Pure adventurous and full of action (hover car racing to be precise).

If you have read any other of Matthew Reilly's novels, you'll be familiar with his quick paced writing and nonstop fun. This book was directed at young readers, so I recommend this to any teenage fans of cars, racing or just simply want to inspire a teen to devour a book in a day or two.
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