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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 ...more
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Published May 5th 2015 by Dial Books
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Steph Sinclair
So this book combines two of my favorite things: Star Wars and SPEED RACER!

Here he comes
Here comes Speed Racer
He's a demon on wheels
He's a demon and he's gonna be chasin' after someone!

He's gainin' on you so you better look alive.
He's busy revvin' up a powerful Mach 5!

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Go Speed Racer
Go Speed Racer
Go Speed Racer, Go!
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Video Review: Coming soon.

*I received this book via the author through a Twitter giveaway. No way has that influenced my thoughts on the book*

TRACKED is a fast-paced scifi that had me caught up in the plot and the characters and I didn't want it to end. I was pretty much sold on this book when I heard it was like Fast and Furious in space with a kickass heroine. All true. I really enjoyed this one.

This story takes place on another planet called Castra. In the slums, we follow Phoebe, who street
Reading Teen
Feb 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I feel like this is one of those times where I have to say, I am an adult, and that may have some weight on how much I enjoyed this book. I do think younger readers might like it better than I did? Obviously I love young adult books, but there are times when I feel like a teenager may feel differently about a book then me (and some adults too, I'm sure).

I did enjoy the book, but it was, for me, too much like so many other futuristic novels. This had the opportunity to stand out, being set on ano
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I saw the promotional material for this novel compare it to Joss Whedon's legendary Firefly, I instantly knew I would have to read it. Firefly is not only one of my favorite shows, but arguably one of the best shows ever to grace television. I still find it difficult to understand it was cancelled and can just imagine how well it would do within the contemporary television environment. So yes, the Firefly reference made me very excited. And though this book directly isn't like Firefly, I di ...more
Jan 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Tracked by Jenny Martin
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Rating: 3 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

The Fast and the Furious gets a futuristic twist in this action-packed debut!

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 hea
Erin Bowman
My official comments: Deeply inventive, Tracked is an action-packed sci-fi with heart. Martin has crafted a world that feels familiar yet fresh, and her spitfire heroine shines as the galaxy's newest street racing star. Sequel, please!

My unofficial comments: I read a very early version of this book before it sold and then a revised version of the manuscript in September, where I found myself falling in love with it all over again. TRACKED follows Phee Van Zant, an orphan street-racer on the cor
Victoria Scott
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Profoundly creative with spitfire characters and a layered story. I fell in love with the main character, Phee, and her passion for racing and her desire to find a family. Martin is one of the best world builders in publishing, and she isn't afraid to use a little elbow grease when it comes to research. TRACKED is a standout original success in a genre where derivative stories have become the standard! ...more
May 11, 2015 rated it it was ok




So many good things were going to happen in this book.

- We have a futuristic society where the planets that are inhabitable are ruled by corporations.

- The main character, Fee, is a racer.

- The love interest is a freaking prince that's useful to be in her team.

- The street rat is going to destroy the empire.

- We even get a Hunger Game-worthy makeover in the process.

And good things end at one point or the other.

- The love triangle adds so much unecessary drama.

nick (the infinite limits of love)

Tracked initially appealed to me because of the racing element. It's a book that started out very strongly for me because I was intrigued by the racing element and the outer planet. Plus, the main character, Phoebe, was a smart, driven and kick-ass girl who thought about her choices before making any kind of decision. She wasn't the dim-witted heroine who is oblivious to everything around her which was refreshing. But somewhere along the way, Tracked morphed into a typical dystopian novel with t
Oct 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
DNF: read through ch. 8
Second DNF of 2015 WOOOOO

Seriously though, such a disappointment.

I got to chapter eight before I had the nagging suspicion that - despite sci-fi rally racing - this book was not for me.

So I skimmed ahead and read random excerpts and realized that yes, this is not for me.
A book about sci-fi rally racing is not for me.

How the fuck did that happen?

1) Love triangle between childhood best friend and upstart asshole prince.
2) Snarky sparky protagonist who loses her pers
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: penguin, sci-fi
This is such a fun read. Great characters, sci-fi action, and RACING? Yes, please.

Tracked was one of my most anticipated reads of 2015, and it totally delivered. Jenny brings the adrenaline AND the swoons in her debut. I loved Phee and her no-nonsense attitude. She's tough but still vulnerable and totally for fans of Vampire Academy's Rose Hathaway. The supporting characters are also wonderful. Bear is the total good guy, and Cash is...well...he's just amazing.

Oh, and I told Jenny that, while I
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Hee hee-- This is my friend- and I was fortunate enough to read the final draft. I can tell you this--

You will not be able to SLEEP once you start reading this book.
Forget math homework or doing the laundry. This one will keep you riveted to the very end.
AND-- once it's over- you'll be gnawing your fingernails, cause you have to wait for the next one..

Pulse pounding. Sorry to use that cliche, but it truly is one of the most unique and exciting premises I've seen come through the YA market in
Oct 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Или все-таки 2.5?

Итак, мы имеем весьма суровый антиутопичный мир. Господство сильных. Бедствующий класс. И нелегальные гонки как способ заработать.
Главная героиня Фиби - дочь легендарного гонщика. Правда в один прекрасный день он пересек финишную черту и не стал останавливаться - укатил дальше, куда глаза глядят, бросив маленькую дочь. Фи росла с опекунами, которые не очень-то поддерживают ее доставшую по наследству страсть к скорости. Но деньги нужны.

Потому Фи соглашается на очередную гонку.
Whoa. There's so much to love about this book, I don't even know where to start. The writing is clever, the characters are real. And I've never been much interested in racing, but Phee's passion along with the intensity of the races really pulled me in and got my heart pounding. Such a great book.

And can I just take a second to gush over CASH. *fans self* Love love love him.
Kaitlin (Next Page Please!)
Tracked has been a book I have been meaning to get to for so long and I honestly wonder why I held it off for so long. I haven't read too many books that involve cars and car racing and Tracked was the perfect book to get me introduced with cars in the YA world. I loved the dystopian-ness of this book and also the plot and it's twists and turns that came with it. Dystopian readers who don't mind a touch of cars in their reads will definitely enjoy Tracked.

When I went into this book, I was so exc
Alex B.
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This has been on my TBR since 2015 and I'm so happy i read it. So good ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed-by-zed
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Fast cars, dangerous corporations and deadly secrets.

Opening Sentence: I pace the garage like some crazy-eyed wind-up girl.

The Review:

Phee isn’t a typical girl; she is an excellent racer, hates dressing up and is incredibly reckless (and badass). That and her fiery personality sets her apart from typical heroines but sadly, I didn’t find anything exceptional about the first in the Tracked series.

At the finish line, I skid to a rubber-melting sto
Antony John
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I met the author at a YA festival in Texas, heard about her book and asked Dial to send me an advanced copy. That in NO way changes the fact that . . .


The tagline describes the novel as “The Fast and the Furious gets a sci-fi twist.” That’s a catchy tagline, but I don’t think it does full justice to the book. There are certainly enough heart-pounding racing scenes to keep fans of those movies happy, but the novel has grander aspirations than simply a book ab
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
This book had so much potential!

And it was all wasted as soon as the romance kicked in. Sort of a love triangle and it just didn't work for me. Neither guy did, though there was potential in each. If the romance was absolutely necessary to accomplish certain goals -- and in some respects, I could see how it might be -- then it should have been downplayed more, at least. I thought this was a book about racing!

Also, just say the dirty words already. I understand this is supposed to be a book about
Hafsah Faizal
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book guys.

I'd give it a hundred stars if I could.

It's like THE HUNGER GAMES meets TRON. You want it.
♠ TABI⁷ ♠
Jul 24, 2019 marked it as to-read
I smell a best-friends-to-more
Nicole Edwards
May 27, 2015 rated it liked it
It took me a long time to get into this book. The beginning didn't hook me, Phee seemed a bit too reckless and immature for my taste and the love triangle was annoying. Really annoying. Lots of waffling emotions and deep introspective thought analyses. ugh. And did anyone else just feel bad for the loser of the love triangle? I mean, like, throughout the entire book? I felt like the poor guy was just shuffled to the side all the time. He lacked any depth at all since, really, we only saw him whe ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Phoebe Van Zant's father was a legendary racer before he mysteriously disappeared, and Phee has taken after him - racing is in her blood. When she and her friend, Bear, catch the attention of Charles Benroyal, the head of the Benroyal Corp, they are blackmailed into racing for his corporation, which represents everything Phee hates. It turns out that Benroyal is controlling much more than that, though, and Phee learns that she has a bigger stake in her planet's future than she would have ever ex ...more
Jul 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
Phoenix Vanguard (which is an improvement on her real name IMO and yes, that's a plot point) has been recruited to race rigs (cars? ships? its actually not that clear) for one of the "sixers" - big corporations that essentially own and run her home planet of Castra.

The Good:
Loved the premise, which is why I picked up the book! I still love the premise, actually, but the execution left something to be desired...

The Bad:

Ok, so, I almost gave up on this book after a few chapters, and I probably sh
Emily Layne
Jun 15, 2015 rated it liked it
2.5 stars, rounded up.

The concept of this book was FANTASTIC. Never in the YA genre have I come across a sci-fi car racing sort of novel. Very Cool!


That said... There were a few technical problems with this book (and some things I would've liked to see more of). The main character was hard to relate to and the suddenly in-your-face love triangle was a little too much. More races would've been great to read, but the purpose of the book kind of shifted from the racing to overthrowing "King Charlie
Jen Brooks
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read an early version of this book as a member of the Freshman Fifteens. WOW! Phee Van Zant is a race car driver on a world corrupted by corporate greed. Once a street racer, she is recruited and forced to drive on the corporate circuit and represent a system she hates. With the help of a talented, secretive boy who is also forced to wear the corporate colors, she finds herself in the position of being the only person who can possibly overthrow the corporate empire. This book is science fictio ...more
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dystopian, ya-romance
Maybe I've just read too many dystopian books already, but this one didn't do it for me. While I thought the car racing was an original element, the story itself was the same as always: corrupt government, rebel group that plans to overtake it and a bit of a love triangle situation.

My main problem is that I couldn't connect with the characters and, as a result, I just couldn't bring myself to care for the story. It's like they don't have personalities. I couldn't see the life-long friendship be

Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio-books
Ugh! This book was pretty terrible. Maybe ok for a 13-year-old but it's definitely not one of those young adult books that adults might enjoy too. A tip to the author: just saying the main character is clever doesn't make her clever, especially when she is continually doing stupid things. The main character acted irrationally throughout the novel--it was hard to stomach. This was recommended on a list called "Read these books if you enjoyed Hunger Games." This was the only book from that list im ...more
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Phee, and Cash and Bears... OH MY!

A crazy, very creative world in which SIGN ME UP TO RACE CARS. I could feel the adrenaline rush through me each time Phee got behind the wheel. And when Bear was her spotter, and Cash... whoa, mamma!

I highly recommend this to any adrenaline junkie, girl-power lover, science fiction aficionado's, or those who like to see the big bad's fall on their knees and grovel.
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Jenny Martin is an author, librarian, and Beatle-maniac. Her first novel, Tracked, is available now, from Dial, an imprint of Penguin Random-House.

She lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, with her husband and son, where she hoards books and writes fiction, and hangs out with people who like those things, too.

And yes, she’s still on a quest for the perfect pancake. (Maybe you can recommend the pe

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