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Title: Hover Car Racer
Author: Matthew Reilly
Publisher: Published August 5th 2005 by Macmillan Children's Books (first published 2004)
ISBN: 9780330440165
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In the world of the near future, people travel everywhere in cars that hover four feet above the ground. This brilliant new technology has brought with it the invention of a new super-fast, super-dangerous, competitive sport ...hover car racing. Part race-car driver, part fighter pilot, all superstar: Jason Chaser is a champion hover car racer. But now he's pitted against In the world of the near future, people travel everywhere in cars that hover four feet above the ground. This brilliant new technology has brought with it the invention of a new super-fast, super-dangerous, competitive sport ...hover car racing. Part race-car driver, part fighter pilot, all superstar: Jason Chaser is a champion hover car racer. But now he's pitted against the best young racers on the planet - with the ultimate prize at stake!

30 review for Hover Car Racer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    I will start by saying that I enjoyed this fast paced and incredibly easy to read book. Yes I will admit it was probably written for an age group and demographic other than myself but you know what I do not care. I enjoyed it. Yes the story rather simplistic and in hindsight incredibly predictable but the pace and energy that the story was pitched at you just could not help but get swept along with it. Now this book appears to be the culmination of 3 other short instalments - I will admit I do no I will start by saying that I enjoyed this fast paced and incredibly easy to read book. Yes I will admit it was probably written for an age group and demographic other than myself but you know what I do not care. I enjoyed it. Yes the story rather simplistic and in hindsight incredibly predictable but the pace and energy that the story was pitched at you just could not help but get swept along with it. Now this book appears to be the culmination of 3 other short instalments - I will admit I do not know if that was the case or just the publishing notes since I came to this book through following the works of Matthew Reilly who is know for his action packed adventures. Now I will amid that I am not expect but I have on more than one occasion been told to seek out his work and read it (although I suspect that this book was not what they were imply). Anyway the book was great fun to read and although I read it over several days I was repeatedly surprised on how fast I read through it. Now there is only one compliant (and hence why not a full house) this publication had a number of maps of the various raceways reproduced in it. The reason I was not happy was that the paper quality and the fact that a complex (and I suspect colour) 3D map of the race way print was lost in the pages of this book. For what ever reason the images just did not work and where little more than dark grey shadows where all detail was lost. Considering these represented the various race ways which the author took great details to explain I would have thought the publisher would have at least tried a little harder. However that was the publisher and not the author so I will try not to hold that against him - the book was fun and a nice distraction when I needed it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Krystal

    I love Matthew Reilly's work, but this is probably my least favourite. I think as the original short installments it would have been intriguing, but in novel format it just made the story drag and was more frustrating. Still an interesting story but don't judge Reilly's work by this one.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    When I read the back of the book I suspected that this was gonna be Matthew Reilly's weakest book. Turns out I was wrong, the pace of this book is intense, the racing really comes alive of the pages. The plot is a bit formulaic "a kid from humble background fights his way to the top to compete with the best". As usual with a Reilly book the characters are great and you can't help but cheer them on. I remember reading this book at work whilst doing a very boring job of using a routing machine to ma When I read the back of the book I suspected that this was gonna be Matthew Reilly's weakest book. Turns out I was wrong, the pace of this book is intense, the racing really comes alive of the pages. The plot is a bit formulaic "a kid from humble background fights his way to the top to compete with the best". As usual with a Reilly book the characters are great and you can't help but cheer them on. I remember reading this book at work whilst doing a very boring job of using a routing machine to make holes in 300 boxes, this certainly helped to pass the time quicker.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Zoe (Attic Salt Reviews)

    Cliché, predictable and I loved every second of it! Jason Chaser, a hopeful youth from a humble background, dreams of making it onto the national stage for hover car racing. Following the conclusion of a local derby Jason is offered a position at the International Race School. Jason and his younger brother, the Bug, find themselves in Tasmania (now a privately owned training centre) and in the middle of a political conspiracy, which threatens Jason’s position at the racing school and his life. Ex Cliché, predictable and I loved every second of it! Jason Chaser, a hopeful youth from a humble background, dreams of making it onto the national stage for hover car racing. Following the conclusion of a local derby Jason is offered a position at the International Race School. Jason and his younger brother, the Bug, find themselves in Tasmania (now a privately owned training centre) and in the middle of a political conspiracy, which threatens Jason’s position at the racing school and his life. Exiled and persecuted both on and off the track, Jason must fight with everything he has to make his dream become reality and get through with his life intact. I really loved this novel. I found it funny how, despite the systematic and simple plot; a kid from modest beginnings fights and, against all odds, makes his way to the top to take on the best in the world; I was kept on the edge of my seat, my nerves jittering, throughout my entire reading. The pace of the book was intense, even for Matthew Reilly. The characters where relatable and the plot realistic (well, as realistic as a futuristic story about hover cars can be). I seriously don’t know how Reilly does it. My heart never stopped racing and I dreaded the moment I would be forced to put it down. Read the entirety of my review: http://atticsaltreviews.blogspot.com....

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michael Cairns

    I'm going to keep this short. I LOVE THIS BOOK! Sorry, in keeping with Mr Reilly's style of writing, I felt the capitals were deserved. I've read all of his books and loved the early ones. Sorry, I know that's a cliche, but I've really been disappointed with the most recent series, the five something or others, the six thingamejigs and so on. I stumbled on this book without being aware of its existence and my love for Matthew Reilly has been rekindled. I believe there are certain emotions that t I'm going to keep this short. I LOVE THIS BOOK! Sorry, in keeping with Mr Reilly's style of writing, I felt the capitals were deserved. I've read all of his books and loved the early ones. Sorry, I know that's a cliche, but I've really been disappointed with the most recent series, the five something or others, the six thingamejigs and so on. I stumbled on this book without being aware of its existence and my love for Matthew Reilly has been rekindled. I believe there are certain emotions that the written word is particularly effective at stirring. Pure adrenaline rush is not one of them, nor the kind of excitement that has you clapping your hands and giggling foolishly. This book had me doing both of those things on a regular basis. It follows a pretty classic storyline of a young boy who gets the chance to race, in superspeed cars, against the world's best. Along the way he attends race school, deals with the bully, makes friends, has a harsh but fair teacher and generally ticks every cliche box. But the joy in this book isn't in the plot, though that does exactly what it's supposed to. It's in the action and the sport itself. The races and tracks are brilliant, using familiar parts of the world to bring it all to life. And the action is wonderful. To call it fast paced just doesn't do it justice. Reilly's use of paragraphs and sentence structure is nothing short of Genius! He uses spare, sparse language that conjures up just enough of an image for you to fill in the blanks. He loves figures, overwhelming stats just to hammer home how extreme everything is. This book isn't for people who like their scifi serious, nor is it for anyone looking for the next great piece of literature. It's for anyone who wants pure, joyful escapism, shorn clean of cynicism and grumpiness. For me, that's the highest praise.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tyson Adams

    I'm very tempted to give this book five stars, but I'm not sure I can give a young adult audio-book like this such a high rating. Eleven CDs kept me entertained while I was on the road for work this week. Matthew managed to keep me wide awake despite the long drives. On many occasions I found myself holding my breath and gripping the steering wheel, hoping that Jason and The Bug were okay. Hover Car Racer is essentially Matthew Reilly for tweens and teens. He makes sure that every teen angst and t I'm very tempted to give this book five stars, but I'm not sure I can give a young adult audio-book like this such a high rating. Eleven CDs kept me entertained while I was on the road for work this week. Matthew managed to keep me wide awake despite the long drives. On many occasions I found myself holding my breath and gripping the steering wheel, hoping that Jason and The Bug were okay. Hover Car Racer is essentially Matthew Reilly for tweens and teens. He makes sure that every teen angst and tragedy befalls Jason Chaser, to the point that you hate all the bad guys for being so mean. Yes, I'm probably too old to be calling characters meany-pies. This isn't really a book for adults, despite how much I enjoyed it. My wife found it a little too childish in language use for her liking, were I was able to ignore that issue, as the pace rocketed along. As such, give this to any young boys you have in your family, especially if they aren't big readers. Hover Car Racer is likely to be one of those books that hooks kids on reading.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anuj Sharma

    Its strange that you know how this book will end even before you start reading it but still it keeps you on the edge of your nerves. A super paced thriller which is fast even by Matthew Reilly's standards (if that is possible) You'll find yourself cheering for Jason Chaser; urging him to win race after race battling against all odds. The characters are absolutely lovable and you develop a special bond with them, especially Bug; my favorite character. The boy speaks only once in the entire book a Its strange that you know how this book will end even before you start reading it but still it keeps you on the edge of your nerves. A super paced thriller which is fast even by Matthew Reilly's standards (if that is possible) You'll find yourself cheering for Jason Chaser; urging him to win race after race battling against all odds. The characters are absolutely lovable and you develop a special bond with them, especially Bug; my favorite character. The boy speaks only once in the entire book and yet he is the real superstar, a true side kick to Jason Chaser's hero. A classic underdog story which is way up there in the league with all 6 Rocky movies. A solid 5 out of 5 stars!!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    This is, without a doubt, my favorite Matthew Reilly book. It's a fantastic read and I would recommend it to anyone who loves adventure and a fast-paced plot that twists on every page!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Librariasaurus

    I really enjoyed Hover Car Racer! It's cliched and action packed and fast paced and full of page turning moments and I loved every minute of it! Following two small town brother's who are diehard hover car racers that find themselves thrust onto the world stage, this is trademark Reilly. I've read quite a few of Reilly's books now and this has been one of my favourites. Whilst it is farfetched and utterly silly in parts I loved it! I'd recommend this for younger readers, it was written as a serial I really enjoyed Hover Car Racer! It's cliched and action packed and fast paced and full of page turning moments and I loved every minute of it! Following two small town brother's who are diehard hover car racers that find themselves thrust onto the world stage, this is trademark Reilly. I've read quite a few of Reilly's books now and this has been one of my favourites. Whilst it is farfetched and utterly silly in parts I loved it! I'd recommend this for younger readers, it was written as a serial to help get kids reading originally but as a 28 year old this was a fun read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Johnston

    Plenty of twists, turns and crashes as Jason 'Chaser' lives his dream of being a driver of the ultimate race car all at the tender age of 14. Fun, action packed read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kaine Beveridge

    far better than i was expecting

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ernest

    Reilly has crafted this most wonderful sports adventure book that positively zips along, taking us along the journey of Jason Chaser and his time in the International Race School in the fictional futuristic sport of hover car racing. The plot may be a little formulaic – ‘little guy with unconventional mentor struggles against circumstances and bigger foes with odds against him’ – but that matters little when things are this entertaining. The characters come alive in the world, and Reilly does a Reilly has crafted this most wonderful sports adventure book that positively zips along, taking us along the journey of Jason Chaser and his time in the International Race School in the fictional futuristic sport of hover car racing. The plot may be a little formulaic – ‘little guy with unconventional mentor struggles against circumstances and bigger foes with odds against him’ – but that matters little when things are this entertaining. The characters come alive in the world, and Reilly does a good job of explaining the sport and racing in this just over the horizon futuristic world. The pace simply rips through, and it was a real joy to read this and get swept up in the drama and action.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Karsyn

    What a fantastic feel good story!! Wonderful storyline, wonderful characters. Typical Matthew Reilly insane action with everything working out perfectly in the end. Good for ALL ages, if you don't mind just a little bit of cussing. HIGHLY recommend to anyone looking for a story with heart and soul.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Kerr

    Love this book-an easy, fun story... a favorite to re-read

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Draganov

    Furious, fast paced action, which blends the traditions of Young Adult literature with the high octane action of Formula One and "Star Wars" pod racing. Heartily recommended.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ian Casey

    For a brief, glorious period in the late 90s, hover car racing was all the rage. PlayStation had Wipeout, Nintendo had F-Zero (And Wipeout 64, come to think of it). There were a bunch of similar titles like AeroGauge, Extreme-G and Rollcage doing the rounds. And, of course, Anakin was kicking Sebulba's butt in one of the more memorable moments of the execrable Star Wars prequels. In fact the licenced Nintendo 64 game 'Episode I: Racer', far from being the shoddy cash-in that may be expected, was For a brief, glorious period in the late 90s, hover car racing was all the rage. PlayStation had Wipeout, Nintendo had F-Zero (And Wipeout 64, come to think of it). There were a bunch of similar titles like AeroGauge, Extreme-G and Rollcage doing the rounds. And, of course, Anakin was kicking Sebulba's butt in one of the more memorable moments of the execrable Star Wars prequels. In fact the licenced Nintendo 64 game 'Episode I: Racer', far from being the shoddy cash-in that may be expected, was legitimately great for its day and quite possibly my favourite racing game ever. The material on which Matthew Reilly draws is more from real world sports but he's certainly capitalising on such computer-generated shenanigans, and it's a perfect match. His books are fast-paced, kinetic thrill rides anyway, so why not write one about fast-paced, kinetic thrill rides? And why not make our beautiful Australian countryside the principal setting (along with Italy and New York), and some plucky Aussie kids the stars for once? Had this book existed when I was twelve I'd have been practically in love with it. All the YA boxes are ticked. The plucky and gifted but disadvantaged Gryffindor underdogs fight for glory against the wealthy, mean-spirited and bullying Slytherins. They get to do phenomenally cool stuff and become world famous in the process. The protagonist deals with romance and betrayal for the first time. That kind of thing. Reilly has done well at creating a future sporting league system that's instantly familiar, being a mish-mash of concepts from formula one, cycling, tennis, golf and so forth. I say familiar rather than believable. Plausibility isn't a high priority here, which is fine for the escapism that it is. No-one seems too bothered about teenagers (or a pre-teen in the case of 'Bug' Chaser) hurtling around at 800km/h in hovercraft with limited safety features. And it's bordering on laughable how frequently they're sabotaged in ways that amount to attempted murder. Plus the engineering aspects are utterly fanciful in a suitably video-gamey way. Icebergs made to crash together by underwater machinery? Come on now. Oh, and the loving nods to Aussie sport legends Steven Bradbury, Peter Brock and Mark Skaife are nice, also. It's a pity Reilly is lacking in his writing of female characters, or at least was at this stage of his career when he was about 30. He's clearly trying, but one never doubts they're reading a young, male author, complete with awkward mentions of the bustiness of underage characters. Somehow the attempts at portraying girls fighting uphill against the sexism of the motorsport industry only make it worse. Nothing has come of the film option as yet. It would be fun to see, although it'd be sad when Hollywood inevitably Americanises it. Which reminds me, I must get around to seeing Speed Racer. All told, I have little hesitation in recommending this to anyone with any interest in YA fiction. p.s. Should you be lucky enough to get hold of a first edition hardcover as I was from a friend, it's a cool item to have. The centre has colour versions of the maps on glossy paper, and some CGI renders of the vehicles.

  17. 5 out of 5

    A Drop of Romeo

    This book is definitely not something I would normally read. I normally don’t touch science-fiction, and especially not a book classified under ‘childrens’ on Goodreads! But this is one of my most favourite authors and I first read this book about eight years ago - and on my third read-through (at 22 years old) this book hasn’t lost any of itsmagic! We follow Jason Chaser and his brother, the Bug, as they navigate their way through the hover car racing world. The story starts with the two just sc This book is definitely not something I would normally read. I normally don’t touch science-fiction, and especially not a book classified under ‘childrens’ on Goodreads! But this is one of my most favourite authors and I first read this book about eight years ago - and on my third read-through (at 22 years old) this book hasn’t lost any of itsmagic! We follow Jason Chaser and his brother, the Bug, as they navigate their way through the hover car racing world. The story starts with the two just scraping their way into the International Race School and their uphill battle to the top as they go up against the best racers in the world. In the same vein as most children’s fiction, this story is fairly black and white. Jason and his friends are good, the bullies are bad. The basic plot (The Underdog) has been done a million times, but that didn’t stop me absolutely adoring this. Jason, the Bug and their mismatched hover car are constantly beset by obstacle after obstacle, but none of it feels overdone or ridiculous. Matthew Reilly is one of my favourite authors because his books always deliver fast-paced action and suspense that keeps me glued to the book, and his usual flair translated well into children’s fiction. When this book was first released, it was done for free online and in installments. And it says something amazing about the book when Disney picked up the rights to it without all the installments even out! Although that was ten years ago, I’m still hoping for a movie to come of this! I mentioned earlier that I don’t like reading science-fiction, but this is only set a few years into the future (at an unspecified date). It’s kind of like the exact same world as now, plus hover car technology for everyone. But the entire world and intricate detail Reilly put into this was awesome to read. The details of the racing tournaments were like an amalgamation of several different sports, and I was consistently in awe of Reilly’s imagination in putting it all together. So please don’t be put off by the age! This is a fantastic book that can be read in a few sittings and leave you with the warm fuzzies. Reviewed for A Drop of Romeo

  18. 5 out of 5

    Vedha K

    Wow!..Simply wow. Amazing plot, impossible technology and unimaginable racing brought to life in wonderful novel. It takes great imagination to unfurl the story in the mind to understandable level and enjoy it. Matthew Reilly magic really works with the adrenaline rush matching with Schofield and Jack West adventures!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Neville Ridley-smith

    Light, enjoyable, fast-paced fun. I mean, *really* fast-paced. It's almost breath-taking how economical Reilly's writing is in this book. All extraneous fluff has been removed. He just gives you the interesting bits. Yes, as with all Reilly's books, there are plenty of ridiculous over the top bits, but *whatever*! Read it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Baohm

    I've read this a few times now and yet each time I feel like I'm reading for the first time. I like the pace of the story and the fact that putting it down is virtually impossible as you just want to know what happens next.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Radar696

    This is written more for the teen/young adult but it was still a nice fast paced story filled with characters that you care about and you are cheering for them to succeed!

  22. 5 out of 5

    B. Barron

    An excellent example of a really well written story based on a mediocre idea.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Derek

    Not as good as some of his other work but I still really enjoyed it

  24. 4 out of 5

    Karsyn

    Always good to go back and visit Jason Chaser. Such a cute book and characters!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ajay Venkat

    Hover Car Racer is a Science Fiction, Sports, and Action novel written by Australian Matthew Reilly. This book is based in the future and is about a time when hover cars are invented. The novel, as the book title suggests, is about Hover Car Racing, a sport developed in the early 21st century. The fictional technology of hover cars relies on the magnetic field of the Earth, counter-balancing it to create an ultra-fast, new type of transport. This book starts off as being set in Australia, before Hover Car Racer is a Science Fiction, Sports, and Action novel written by Australian Matthew Reilly. This book is based in the future and is about a time when hover cars are invented. The novel, as the book title suggests, is about Hover Car Racing, a sport developed in the early 21st century. The fictional technology of hover cars relies on the magnetic field of the Earth, counter-balancing it to create an ultra-fast, new type of transport. This book starts off as being set in Australia, before moving to Hobart, Tasmania, and then including Italy, and New York, United States of America. The blurb has a right start, by mentioning the below: “Jason Chaser has been obsessed by racing for years. Now he has won a place at the world-famous International Race School- and the chance to become a professional hover car racer. But someone is determined to stop him. And with the sabotage attempts getting more extreme he must outwit his enemy at every twist and turn. Jason isn’t fighting for his place on the start line, he’s racing for his life”. This book’s every chapter ends with a cliffhanger, and is a great book to read. This is the story of Jason Chaser, a talented young racer selected to attend the Race School. He's younger than the other students. He's smaller. His trusty car, the Argonaut, is older. But Jason Chaser is no ordinary racer. And as he races against the best drivers in the world he will learn that at Race School winning is everything, that not everyone in this world fights fair, and that you never ever have any friends on the track. In the most important race of his life, one that could win him a place at the International Race School, Jason Chaser has an unfortunate accident. In spite of continuing on and refusing to give in, Jason comes last. But his determination has caught the eye of someone who matters, named Scott Syracuse, a former racer, and Jason soon finds himself on his way to the school and in training to become a top class hover car racer. At the race school Jason trains with his little brother Bug, his navigator and his new friend and mech-chief Sally. The trio is determined to make their mark at the race school and in the wider world of racing, but they are up against some pretty stiff competition. They will have some pretty big battles to fight, both on and off the track. They also face off with many sabotage attempts (that sometimes actually worked), which they have to deal with immediately; otherwise, their race is over. Will they be able to achieve their dreams? Well, you just have to read the book to figure out. I am absolutely speechless about how good this book has turned out to be. It has a fantastic topic related to a possible future invention, and grabs the readers’ attention with the exhilarating speeds the book takes on, whether it is on the track, driving at 700km per hour, or the action of the race, avoiding problems and winning their teacher’s confidence. The book convincingly drags me straight into the action, with a fiercely gripping chapter every single time. The book not only puts you in the character’s positions, it also puts you in as a spectator, which really forced me to continue, and eventually finish the book in the end. When this book was recommended to me by one of my best friends, I thought he was being very babyish, because the title of this book first suggested to me by saying, “How in the world could this book be as good as he says it to be?” Only after I read the book did I fully understand the true meaning in his words, as he had said, “If you don’t read this book, you are missing out on something in your life”, so thanks to him too. I would personally recommend this book to a teenage group (13-18 years old), due to the fact that I feel when you are at this age, you will be able to deeply enjoy the tightly packed action and yet, really understand the meaning behind their language. There is a mild use of bad language here and there, but if you are old enough to handle it, then you are free to go and read this book. However, even though I am not a teenager (yet), I still greatly enjoyed this book, and I will put this book at the top of my shelves and say, “You know what, this is one of the best books that I have ever read”. Good, in fact Very Good luck in finishing this book, as it is 438 pages long, though it is definitely worth it, in my opinion. A Masterpiece of a Book! If you want more action, you can also wait for the movie to be released, as Disney are planning on starting the production of the movie.

  26. 5 out of 5

    storytime-reviews

    There’s a lot to love about Reilly’s style of writing, it’s fast and furious, with Reilly often commenting that his books are written cinematically. And it’s true, his books are like your favourite fast-paced action movie (although I must admit that I enjoy the narrative qualities of Reilly’s work more than I have any action movie, which tend to have poor characterisation and little narrative). Hover Car Racer is aimed at younger audiences than the typical Matthew Reilly fare, but it’s just as e There’s a lot to love about Reilly’s style of writing, it’s fast and furious, with Reilly often commenting that his books are written cinematically. And it’s true, his books are like your favourite fast-paced action movie (although I must admit that I enjoy the narrative qualities of Reilly’s work more than I have any action movie, which tend to have poor characterisation and little narrative). Hover Car Racer is aimed at younger audiences than the typical Matthew Reilly fare, but it’s just as enjoyable for adults. It is just as fast-paced as his other books, though with less blood, gore and swearing. Originally released in various free instalments on the internet in 2004, Hover Car Racer was published in paperback in 2005. There’s a lot to love about Hover Car Racer and its protagonist, Jason Chaser. It’s the typical underdog tale in which the protagonist must fight for survival and success amongst a group that largely has it easier than him (and have it out for him), but Reilly includes enough twists and turns to make it interesting. Out of all of Reilly’s novels, Hover Car Racer has perhaps the most characterisation, and does not rely solely on its ability to be fast-paced action. This is definitely one of its strengths, and you cannot help but cheer for Jason not just during the races, but any time they come out on top over one of their many nasty rivals; along with his teammates, his brother the Bug as the navigator, and Sally McDuff as the mec chief. Not only that, Jason’s new friend, 16 year old Ariel is the only female driver at the International Race School, and must deal with the sexism that follows (including an attempt by the principal to keep her out of the school after winning a place there). As one of the main characters, Reilly provides plenty of moments which not only depict Ariel’s struggles, but also her triumphs as she proves herself in the racing world, and becomes a role model for other girls. On reading Hover Car Racer for what was perhaps the 4th or 5th time (I’ve lost count tbh), I couldn’t help but be excited when any of my favourite scenes showed up (typically when any of the main characters took on their rivals and showed them up). I must also admit that there were fun details that I had completely forgotten about and got to relive again. This book will have you pumping your fist in the air. Multiple times. I highly recommend it, regardless of your age. And on that note, please take the time also to check out Matthew Reilly’s other novels.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ben Langdon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I admire Reilly's method for writing this - a return to serials aimed at the internet consumer. But... The story is not grounded in any kind of reality. A reader needs to be able to suspend belief in science fiction, yes, and Reilly does manage to describe advanced technology well. However, Jason Chaser's character is incredibly two dimensional - a clear case of The Mary Sue. He is fourteen in the beginning, celebrating his fifteenth birthday in the middle of the book, but he is able to out perfor I admire Reilly's method for writing this - a return to serials aimed at the internet consumer. But... The story is not grounded in any kind of reality. A reader needs to be able to suspend belief in science fiction, yes, and Reilly does manage to describe advanced technology well. However, Jason Chaser's character is incredibly two dimensional - a clear case of The Mary Sue. He is fourteen in the beginning, celebrating his fifteenth birthday in the middle of the book, but he is able to out perform every single other racer in the book, including racers who are described as racing the perfect race, or others who are current world champions (having years of experience), and others still who are cardboard cut-out villains more interested in trying to kill him than win races. In fact, the desperate need of nearly everyone in the book to kill Jason is probably the book's downfall for me. There is no real reason to want to blow him up, cut him down or otherwise try to crash his car. There is also no evidence of any kind of surveillance system or security system in place for such a world class race. How can saboteurs continue to sneak in and fiddle with engines, place bombs and otherwise do dastardly bad things? I assume the book is aimed at young readers. It's his only labelled children's book - but I don't think it's really well delivered. Condescending, perhaps. Can a reader, even a young one, actually enjoy reading about a character with no flaws, with superficial threats and natural ability to outclass every single opponent? I don't think so. On the plus side - yes there are plusses here - Reilly continues to write a fast paced tale. His use of onomatopoeia, run-on sentences, single word sentences and other cinematic devices makes for a fast and fun read in most places. I'd love a bit more thought and care for the development of the characters. I know, I know, that's almost a running joke with Matthew Reilly. Still... maybe especially in the case of female characters though. They tend to be described in a very superficial and stereotypical manner. There's talk of a Hovercar Racer II and I hope it develops Jason a bit more, maybe give him some real failures to build him up a bit, instead of the endless string of "Is he going to win???? Is he??? Is he??? Um.... yes." Three stars. Probably should be two. Quick read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Phoebe

    Hover Car Racer is set in a future world, where a man discovered the secret of hover flight, and gave the technology to the world for free instead of selling it. Because hover technology requires no oil or gas, such companies collapsed when the technology was made free. Hover cars can go really fast. I mean really fast - like, over 700km/h. These high speeds meant it was only a matter of time before someone wanted to race these things. Fourteen year old Jason Chaser is a young Australian racer a Hover Car Racer is set in a future world, where a man discovered the secret of hover flight, and gave the technology to the world for free instead of selling it. Because hover technology requires no oil or gas, such companies collapsed when the technology was made free. Hover cars can go really fast. I mean really fast - like, over 700km/h. These high speeds meant it was only a matter of time before someone wanted to race these things. Fourteen year old Jason Chaser is a young Australian racer and his brother the Bug is his navigator. At the beginning of the book, Jason is in a race in the NT of Australia, where he is competing for an invitation to the International Race School. He comes last due to his steering rudder being broken, but his perserverance in the race despite this massive disadvantage and the Bug's almost perfect navigation impresses one of the teachers from the school, Scott Syracuse, and as a result, Jason is invited to attend the school anyway. Totally. Awesome. This book was so fast paced and readable that I had trouble putting it down. I screamed and jumped up and down and did the spaz dance so many times throughout the book, being absolutely thrilled with Jason's racing and his achievements. And the fact that I could visualise it all, and I didn't have to or want to skip any description (you guys know what I mean, when description is just too complicated, and it's easier to skip it). I was enamoured with Jason's actions at the race school and towards his racemates, and how he showed that hard work can compete with natural ability - not that Jason and the Bug didn't have natural ability themselves. For those of you that loved the movie 'Speed Racer', or at least the racing in the movie, this book is reminiscent of that. It's very fast paced and will leave you hooked, rooting for Jason Chaser, hover car racer, the whole way.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    Juvenile, clichéd, predictable nonsense. I loved every second. This is more young-reader targeted that most of Matthew’s books (no exploding heads, no obvious deaths in fact), the dialogue has less profanity and even more gee-whiz cringe-worthiness (“Doodlebug”) if that were possible. None of this bothered me because I understand the target-market thing. And it IS indisputably still a Matthew Reilly book – incredibly fast action, maps, thin characters. I loved the prominence of Australia and the Juvenile, clichéd, predictable nonsense. I loved every second. This is more young-reader targeted that most of Matthew’s books (no exploding heads, no obvious deaths in fact), the dialogue has less profanity and even more gee-whiz cringe-worthiness (“Doodlebug”) if that were possible. None of this bothered me because I understand the target-market thing. And it IS indisputably still a Matthew Reilly book – incredibly fast action, maps, thin characters. I loved the prominence of Australia and the other awesome locations and the digs at the corporate ownership of everything. Hover Car Racer is kinda a sci-fi version of Formula 1. A bit of Speed Racer, a bit of Death Race 2000, a bit of Harry Potter, a bit of Wacky Races, a bit of the Tatooine Pod-races. The worse thing about it is the fairly repetitive nature of the chapters/races. It goes like this: Jason races, and (thankfully for a variety of reasons - mostly linked to never giving up) - just hangs on the the tournament ladder by his fingernails...which leads to the next race. Recycle formula. I kinda appreciated this repetition when I read at the end that the book was initially published in serialised chunks on the internet. But in a single volume, a little more variety and tempo would’ve been nice. Perhaps a couple less races and a different type of action sequence. Or a few extra shadings given to the characters. The best thing about it is that it’s Matthew Reilly. Doing his thing. With maximum efficiency. And speed. Lots and lots of speed... 8/10

  30. 5 out of 5

    Annie Munster

    This is a FAST book. This story is fun to read and roars through at a cracking pace that mimics the hovercars themselves. All of Matthew Reilly’s stories are like this. They move quickly, the action is non-stop and big and the characters have heart. I have thoroughly enjoyed every single one of his novels and am always looking forward greatly to the next one. His latest – The Great Zoo of China – is amazing and quite possibly my favourite. Anyone who like an action blockbuster should check out a This is a FAST book. This story is fun to read and roars through at a cracking pace that mimics the hovercars themselves. All of Matthew Reilly’s stories are like this. They move quickly, the action is non-stop and big and the characters have heart. I have thoroughly enjoyed every single one of his novels and am always looking forward greatly to the next one. His latest – The Great Zoo of China – is amazing and quite possibly my favourite. Anyone who like an action blockbuster should check out any of Reilly’s novels. I really like Reilly’s approach to writing. His goal is to write stories that people want to read. I agree with this. Clearly, I’m a huge lover of books and reading myself and, as a teacher, getting kids to read is a matter of interest. I’ll remember this novel for a school setting. The story is geared more towards to children aged 12-16. The hero, Jason Chaser, is only 14 years old and this makes the story exceptionally relatable to students in those middle – secondary school years. Having said that thought, there is nothing about the story that alienates an older reader – the action is just as fast and you cheer your support for the underdog Chaser just as hard. annieraym1408.wordpress.com

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