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Cassica and Shiara have grown up in Coppermouth, a dust choked town in the Outback, but now they hope to use their skills as race driver and mechanic to take on the Widowmaker, an off-road rally through some of the most dangerous places on Earth, to win fame and fortune--provided they survive the race.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2017.
Edition: First American edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780545944946
Branch Call Number: YAF WOODING, CHRIS
Characteristics: 325 pages ; 22 cm


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Jan 29, 2018

This was a phenomenal book. The descriptive language, in particular, was exquisite: you can taste the dust in your mouth and feel the rumble of the engines as the vehicles speed by. The dystopian world is well-crafted, and the story is no slouch either. The friendship between Shiara and Cassica comes across as true-to-life - and at times, almost toxic - but both of them stretch and grow due to their shared experiences. Even the race itself is exhilarating (especially once you're fully aware of the politics behind it), and you want to see how it turns out. The only reason I took off half-a-star was for occasional language (though I admit it made sense in the context of the story) and some implied intimacy (which was vague enough it probably won't register with younger readers). Highly recommended.

Velocity by Chris Wooding is a quick paced adventure book that was an overall delightful read. It follows best friends, Cassica and Shiara, and their love of car racing. The two risk it all to achieve their dream of winning the upcoming ‘widowmaker’ an extremely high stakes car race. Although enjoyable, I disliked how easily the protagonists’ conflicts were resolved and would have preferred more struggle. The plot was too fast paced for my taste and lacked drama. This was my least favourite thing about the novel. The imagery was present, although hard to visualize sometimes. Despite the flaws,this book still shows lots of character growth with Shiara and Cassica, who are very independent and well developed. My favourite thing about this novel is how it follows two strong women and the feminism apparent throughout the novel. The main characters are an inspiring female duo which is much needed in today's media. I would recommend this novel to those who prefer fast moving action. - Anonymous


Cassica and Shiara are a team of two rally car racers from a small town with a dream of winning the most intense and deadliest race there is: The Widowmaker. Winning the race brings the victors fame, fortune and tickets to Olympus, where they would live opulent and luxurious lives as a Celestial. A chance to participate in the race does not come easily though, since Cassica and Shiara must face various twists and turns as they embark on their journey.

What I really enjoyed about Velocity was how action packed the story became as it progressed. The expanse of the story in which the climactic race the main characters faced, the Widowmaker, took place got increasingly more exciting with each page. When there were no races taking place, the story could have had more interesting and important events to further the plot. What intrigued me about the book was the message of feminism that was present throughout the story. Often with young adult books, female protagonists are involved in cliché tropes and are portrayed as being weak, but this book focused more on the strength and bond between the two main characters, which was enjoyable. At times, there would be a problem or situation that they must overcome and I often found that these conflicts were resolved too quickly and were sometimes predictable.

Something that could have improved the story even more was better world building. The world and idea of the story were intriguing, but there wasn’t enough background information and details regarding the world that the story takes place in. Although there were some cons to this book, I enjoyed several aspects of the story and overall found it an entertaining read. - Shae-Lynn

Jul 08, 2017

An explosive and fast paced novel, this book is set in the future, where Merrica (America) is mostly rubble and wastelands. Cassica and Shiara are racers from a tiny town, and they will be competing in the world's biggest, deadliest race: the Widowmaker. If you enjoyed the Hunger Games, you will definitely find this one pleasing too.


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