While aimed at a younger audience, this story is simply one of Reilly's best. Just as Harry Potter and Hunger Games managed to delight readers of all ages, Hover Car Racer proves to be suitable for younger readers, AND captivating to adults as well. There are no big Hollywood film adaptations of Reilly's novels - yet. Let's get with it Hollywood! Reilly novels are full of action and suspense and Hover Car adds a huge helping of sentiment (I got choked up several times and leaked maybe a tear or two). The author writes stories of freakin' HUGE scale that would use tons of effects and CGI, and if the scripts stay true to the novels, they would wow audiences for sure! Hover Car Racer is one of the larger scale novels that would use more effects than most Reilly books - and that's saying something! Plus, a story that stays with you long after you finish. You can't help loving the main characters, especially the brothers. With the right casting, Jason Chaser (hover car racer! Rhymes, kinda cheesy, and I kinda love it), and his brother, "the bug", could make the careers of two young actors. Even if we never see "based on the novel by Matthew Reilly" on the big screen, his novels are not to be missed. Hover Car Racer would be an excellent start of you're new to his works, or a shameful oversight of you read Reilly , but skipped what you thought was a "kid's book". I will read anything he writes, in order of publication, without bothering to read a synopsis or any other reviews. I trust him to never disappoint me, and he never has!
If your a fan of Matthew Reilly you won't be disappointed. These are his earlier books but they are just as fun. For those unfamiliar with his style his books are probably written for 14 year old boys but can be enjoyed by anyone looking for a fun ride. Some of the action scenes are ridiculous to the point of being silly but that's the fun. As an adult I would describe it as a guilty pleasure sort of read.
I have read this book a few times and although I have the Paperback version my kindle is king so time to add this to the library.
I enjoyed it yet again, it is a very positive book and great for Kids and Adults alike. The story moves quickly (as do all Matthew Reilly's books) and whilst you know what the end result is going to be it is still very hard to work out how it will be achieved as Matthew Reilly is a devious writer constantly springing surprises on the reader.
If you are an F1 fan then this book will make sense... just think flying F1 cars.
I love Matthew Reilly's books: they are fast, they are action-packed, the hero is a true hero, not perfect, just a normal guy doing the right thing. And if he's a young guy with his younger brother against greedy mean men it's even more fun.