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In the year 3834, Maelae and other ruthless killers threaten Earth and thousands of planets. Earth's only hope is to win a dangerous race called Grand Battle.

Everyone thinks Sashi Oon is unqualified to guide any battlejet pilot through the massive obstacles of Grand Battle, and when Sashi chooses the kid from Earth, rookie pilot Rev Arden, no one gives them a chance.

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Paperback, 560 pages
Published February 18th 2016 by McBarron Books
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Launched in 1996, the IPPY Book Awards is the world's largest independent book awards. IPPY's National Book Award is widely recognized as the …more
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Launched in 1996, the IPPY Book Awards is the world's largest independent book awards. IPPY's National Book Award is widely recognized as the top independent book award. The National Book Award seal is coveted by independent publishers and authors because thousands of readers all over the world recognize its value.

Each year, over 5000 books are entered into the IPPY Book Awards.

IPPY has been giving National Book Awards for Science Fiction for twenty years. More information can be found at their website: www.IndependentPublisher.com. You can also learn more about the long history of the IPPY Book Awards on the IPPY Wiki page.

The IPPY Book Awards give awards that are local, regional, and national. Star Racers won IPPY's 2016 National Book Award for Best Science Fiction.





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Alexa
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 3 1/2 stars out of 5.
The worldbuilding is beyond a shadow of a doubt the strongest part of this novel. It’s everything I mentioned in the tagline, while simultaneously being something so new and fresh that I’ve never seen anything like it. I loved the use of smartphones and other semi-sentient tech, and everything from the development of the battlejets to the use of viruses and dolls—yes, dolls—in battle was genius. I could tell that the author had thought a lot about his storywor
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Asma
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
At first, I wasn't too sure if I would like it nor not because it seemed way too Scifi for me, but as I started reading it, it became really enjoyable. I like how the story developed and I especially love the two main vharacters: Sashi and Rev! I totally ship them two together. it was a really cute romance which wasn't the centre feature, which made it even better in my opinion. All the loose ends eventually made sense, which was great. After the Grand Battle started, I just could not stop readi ...more
Brian Wilkerson
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Martin Felando asked me to rad his book Star Racers: Win the Race. Save Your Planet. It is about a universe-wide space race where the winner secures protection for their planet from invaders and local warlords. I will examine Plot, Character and Polish and then assign a grade.

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"Win the race; save your planet" is the slogan for Grand Battle, the space race in question. It is also a concise summary of the plot. The people who join Grand Battle come from planets that have big problems. United
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Jessthebookslover
Review! Star Racers by Martin Felando.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars.
When I first started this book, I immediately thought of The Hunger Games: the motto of Star Racers is "Win the race. Save your planet" and I compared that with the "win the Hunger Games and your district gets more money and supplies" thing of THG. Obviously the concept can be similar but the plot is completely different, the characters are completely different and also the genre is completely different (THG is a dystopian read, while St
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Anastasia
Aug 16, 2016 rated it liked it
I had minor difficulties with getting started with this book because I hadn't read scifi in a while and I guess with some books you have to give them a little time before the plot sucks you in. In general, I enjoyed reading this. Star Racers is fun & plot, world building and characters have a refreshing sense of uniqueness about them. Moreover, I always appreciate books with illustrations more, and here the illustrations were very fitting. One of the best indie books I have read. ...more
Romi || Romi Reads
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copies
This was my first real science fiction novel ever and it didn't disappoint me at all! Throughout the story you get to know the main characters really well and, to me, that's one of the most important things a books should have. The worlds in which the books took place were very well thought through and I was hooked until the very end! And oh, I almost forgot to mention the AMAZING art, just wow! ...more
gj indieBRAG
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
We are proud to announce that STAR RACERS by Martin Felando is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!

Allyson
Oct 06, 2016 rated it liked it
I was contacted by the author to review this book and I was so excited. He was the first person to contact me! The book sounded fantastic and, since I liked another space novel so much, I expected to like this one just as much, if not more. Sadly, I did not enjoy it as much as I had hoped I would. I loved the illustrations..they made some of the parts easier to understand.
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My Rating: 4 / 5 spaceships

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Synopsis: "In the year 3834, Maelae and other ruthless killers threaten Earth and thousands of planets. Earth's only hope is to win a dangerous race called Grand Battle.

Everyone thinks Sashi Oon is unqualified to guide any battlejet pilot through the massive obstacles of Grand Battle, and when Sashi chooses the kid from Earth, rookie pilot Rev Arden, no one gives them a chance.

Join Rev, Sashi, rockstars Stepp and Krissy, hundreds of life
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ash lloyd spanton
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on citygirlscapes.com.

I’m not going to lie, when Martin Felando reached out to us with his book Star Racers – a “fun fast-paced space opera”, part of me immediately thought STAR WARS! Another part of me thought FIREFLY! And the rest of me knew I had to read this book. While this reminded me of a ton of different pop culture elements, it was also a very striking, fast paced space adventure which I quite enjoyed.

For me, world building is of the utmost importance in books like thi
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Nina
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is one of the first Science Fiction novels I have ever read, and I don´t regret it. It switches between the Grand Battle (if you win it, your planet gets saved) and the evens that occurred before the race. This switching made the book special, I don’t believe I have ever read (and if I have, I can’t remember) a book with this kind of switching. I don’t know of the events chronologically would have made a better story, since you already kind of know what is going to happen in the parts befor ...more
Read junkie
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How exciting is it to read a book without even knowing what the story is about?! For one time (or maybe even more) I tried reading Star Racers by Martin Felando, without reading some reviews. I was so exited before reading this book.

The book takes place in the year 3834. When Maelae and other ruthless killers threaten Earth and thousands of planets. Earth's only hope is to win a dangerous race called Grand Battle.
Everyone thinks Sashi Oon is unqualified to guide any battlejet pilot through the m
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Jay
Jun 30, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

The first thing I feel I need to say about this book is just how gorgeous all the art work at the chapter beginnings is! Those pieces are my favorite part of the whole book

I wasn't able to give this book a higher rating mostly due to confusion. There was a lot of jumping between characters and time lines with little indication it had been done. I would have liked to have a more specific idea of when everything was happening and how it tied in. But with that said I did like getting to k
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Serena
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Star Racers tells about a race species from all over the Milky Way can join to win peace on their planets. Rev joins this race to save planet Earth, Mars, Ajah and Ossi together with his love Sashi.

This book was filled with action wow, I never read anything like it and I must say, I really enjoyed it. Everything was going really fast, so fast I sometimes got confused if I was reading in the past or the present haha. I loved the way everything got described, especially the races (just want to poi
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Kari
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow. This book was absolutely amazing. This book blew me away and kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. This story is Illuminae meets the Hunger Games amplified by 100. It was action packed, but also with growth of characters and relationships, whether that be friendly or romantic. The intricate detail caused this to be a slow read for me, just because I had to take my time and visualize it all. Also, there was some instalove in there, but given the dramatic situation, I understand ...more
Zachary Waxman
A Goodreads giveaway. I simply couldn't finish it or even get halfway through it. It's not that the concept was unappealing, but the en media res with significant gap filling coupled with what I can only call as over description just made it hard to pay attention. I'd finish a chapter, pick up the next day and still feel lost. There was also a chapter where the author is attempting to describe a hotel party of sorts, and while I get that he was trying to make the event seem opulent and alien, bu ...more
gillion
Jun 22, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5/5

THIS EBOOK WAS SENT TO ME TO READ IN EXCHANGE FOR A HONEST REVIEW

Whoops this took me two months to finish.

Honestly, this book was all over the place. There were some times where the book made sense then as soon as Rev got to the museum things fell apart. With the new characters and the dolls IT DIDNT MAKE SENSE. We only got to see those characters for half of the time then Sashi came and went then came back.

Over all the book was a hard read because things don't pick up until the last 20
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Vicki
Oct 20, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked this book. The amount of pages seem daunting but the story was sooo good I almost felt cheated there wasn't more in the end (okay, I felt a little cheated...I wanted to know more of the after). the beginning was kinda hard to follow but it gets better. The first part of the book is setting up all the drivers and their back story. There is a lot of technical future stuff that I sorta got but its a great read! ...more
Seturidze Ani
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I stayed up until 5 am to finish this book ....
I'll be honest, I didn't expect much from this book, but the more I dived into it the more I liked it.
If you like Sci-Fi books , you should definitely pick up Star Racers.
I loved the characters and the plot and just everything about it. The ending was intense and kept you on the edge of your seat!
It's my favorite Sci-Fi of the year so far!!
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Martin Felando grew up in San Diego with his wolfdog Chut. He is an award-winning novelist and author of thirty feature-length screenplays.

His debut novel Star Racers won IPPY's National Book Award for Best Science Fiction.

His play True, based on working on skid row for two years, was performed at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Theater Institute and the Wine Cellar Theater in Los An
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