I wanted to like Tracked more than I did…
Book Review: Tracked by Jenny Martin
Title & Author: Tracked by Jenny Martin
Genre: Young Adult – Science Fiction
Release Date: May 5, 2014
Series: Tracked #1
How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher
Futuristic Speed Racer
Tracked is one of those books that wanted to be something else other than what it actually was. Or maybe, I should say, what it was described as.
This novel was billed as a high-adrenaline race with Phee Van Zant at the wheel. She’s forced to race for one of the Big Six racing corps and realizes too late she’s in over her head.
What I felt like I got instead was a political, scheming type of book. Tracked is set on Castra, a planet run by 6 huge businesses and whose economy is based on the racing industry.
Although I did enjoy the metaphorical twists and turns, I wished there had been more literal turns on the racing track.
That was absolutely my own fault based on personal expectations, so just beware that there is less action in Tracked then you might be thinking.
There is a love triangle, and it doesn’t add much to the story. I’m a sucker for some romantical drama at times, but I don’t think the romance situation in Tracked benefited from the love triangle.
One of the things I loved best about Tracked was Cash. He’s Phee’s co-racer on the Benroyal team. He’s the most interested and well-developed. Also the most adorable 🙂
Unfortunately, the other characters and the story didn’t draw me in. I didn’t feel invested or overly anxious or excited about the new information revealed. This is not a series I’ll continue.
This book lacked the character development and excitement that I love in YA science fiction. If you’re ok with knowing that much racing takes place in the book, I’d say give Tracked a try. For everyone else, I’d give it a pass.