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TURBO Racers: Trailblazer

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  19 reviews
In Turbo Racers: Trailblazer, twelve-year-old Mace Blazer gets the chance to pilot a state-of-the-art vehicle that transforms at the touch of a button from race car to jet plane to single-person sub, in the biggest race in the world.

The roar of the crowd, the glow of the spotlight, the thrill of the race—Mace Blazer dreams of going TURBO.

TURBOnauts thrive on the thrum of t
ebook, 352 pages
Published December 31st 2018 by HarperCollins
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Mark Buxton
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it
My name is Mace, and I have a chance to become an actual Turbo Racer. Apparently, somebody noticed I have the highest video game score in the world and invited me to compete to become a real racer. I've met the other three kids, and they're pretty cool. Except for Henryk. That guy's a jerk and cannot be trusted. However, I feel forced to do some dishonest things myself. I already have one strike in this competition, so I can't finish last in another trial. Tempest is actually teaching us differe ...more
Karen Parisot
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This first novel in a new series takes place in an alternate reality where JFK is never assassinated and MLK becomes President. The world is obsessed with TURBO Racing and twelve year old Mace dreams of becoming a TURBOnaut. TURBOS are vehicles that can transform instantly from roadster to jet to submarine. The only problem for Mace though, is he’s not old enough.
To me the story is sort of a mash-up between the Transformers and the 1984 movie, “The Last Starfighter.” With a blistering pace this
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is so much fun at any age (I had a blast with it, as did my 13-year-old and my 9-year-old). Mace is an immediately sympathetic protagonist, struggling to pursue his dreams in the face of typical middle school angst plus a family dynamic that's complicated by poverty and Deaf parents. His upbringing, though, has given Mace an uncanny ability to understand machines, and he can "talk" to his TURBO racer in a way that propels him into a fast-paced world of secret racing. The action is hea ...more
Son_ofposidens percyfreindss
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think this book is very exiting. I believe this because in the book it relates to what I like. It tells about a 12 year old that is winning a race. He realizes that who he is working for (Quasar) wanted to be rich. So she pulled of dirty tricks. Mace the main character goes against Quasar. This ends in mace winning the golden glove
Lisa Kizer
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is so much better than expected. I got this in exchange for a real review. None of my students wanted to read it, so I did so with reluctance and SURPRISE l liked it. Will have to sell this one but I think it is worth the effort.
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway.

Yes, it's a YA novel. Yes, it's also very good. Fast-paced,. Entertaining. Fun. Great world-building.

Just a complete delight to read.
Tobias Halpern
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
TURBO Racers is an action packed zoom across the world of Mace Blazer, a 12 year old kid in a world where Martin Luther King Jr. is president and John F. Kennedy was never assassinated. The world is obsessed with TURBOnauts, and every kid's dream is to win the golden glove, the ultimate racing trophy. When a mysterious benefactor suddenly take notice that Mace is the top racer in all arcade simulation games, he must choose between winning, or protecting the sport and the friends and family he ca ...more
Ms. Yingling
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mace Blazer lives in a slightly futuristic, alternative US (President Kennedy survived being shot, and Martin Luther King, Jr. was at one point president) and is obsessed with Turbo Racing. This sometimes gets him in trouble, as he has run afoul of Carson Gerber, whose well-to-do father is an amateur racer. Mace's family struggles financially, so his standing in the Turbo Racer video game suffers when he doesn't have the funds to go to the arcade at the mall to play. When he does pla
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever wanted to feel like your racing in cars that can fly and become a boat? Then Turbo Racers Trailblazer is for you, the extreme feel of the four kids competing to make it to the pros really gets your blood rushing, you will not want to stop reading. The book starts out with a kid named Mace, his parents are deaf so he has to work hard to understand them, also he goes to the local arcade daily playing a Turbo Racer game. Then one day, while Mace was leaving the arcade the employ there ...more
Anita McDivitt Barrios
THIS was the highlight of my son's summer reading! Multiple times he pushed it at me, saying, "This is pretty good. You should read it next."

I have to admit, the cover reminded me of...well, Power Rangers, right? And we never did get into Power Rangers (it always seemed a bit too corny). So I was reluctant to read, but once I did pick it up (after no small amount of pestering by my son), it was FANTASTIC! I laughed and the characters, despite their ages, were believable and got into and out of t
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
** I won a free copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway. **

This is a very enjoyable futuristic sports book perfect for a younger audience. While I would have liked more emphasis on the connection between the main character and his vehicle, that's probably because I love fantasy a bit more than sports! The characters were very well written and the tensions/friendships between them felt real. The plot was well-paced and there was plenty of action/adventure to keep your interest. Definitely
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Eric Proctor
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun and entertaining read. At times, as an adult, portions got a little tedious. But adults are not the primary audience! I can only imagine that an older elementary or middle school child will have a blast reading this novel, particularly if they are fans of racing and machines. I can't wait to share this book with my 7th grader. ...more
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who enjoyed Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library series
This was a fun book! I found it because I was searching for books with Deaf characters. I put off reading it for a while because I thought the racing and car stuff would be boring. When I got to the parts with Deaf characters, those kept me hooked in the beginning.

But I didn't even need that to keep me hooked! This is a good story with great writing. I'm hardly interested in racing or cars or sports, but I still enjoyed this book, including the races.

This book reminded me of the Escape From Mr.
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Such a unique context and a very reto fell might be a good connection for fans for Ready Player One, does feel a little repetitive at times, opens up a lot for sequels.
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Austin Aslan's debut novel, The Islands at the End of the World, was named a Best Book of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews. It was ranked by The Guardian as a top-ten climate fiction read, and is listed by BookRiot as a top 100 must-read book in the category of young adult science fiction. His latest novel from HarperCollins, TURBO Racers: Trailblazer, will hit bookstores on January 1, 2019.

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