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YA Speed Racer | Book Review: Tracked by Jenny Martin

I wanted to like Tracked more than I did…

Book Review: Tracked by Jenny Martin

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Title & Author: Tracked by Jenny Martin

Genre: Young Adult – Science Fiction

Release Date: May 5, 2014

Series: Tracked #1

Publisher: Penguin

How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher


“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 Corp, a company that represents everything Phee detests. Worse, Phee risks losing Bear as she falls for Cash, her charming new teammate. But when she discovers that Benroyal is controlling more than a corporation, Phee realizes she has a much bigger role in Castra’s future than she could ever have imagined. It’s up to Phee to take Benroyal down. But even with the help of her team, can a street-rat destroy an empire?”

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.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.