Overdrive by Dawn IusOverdrive by Dawn Ius


byDawn Ius

Hardcover | September 13, 2016

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Gone in Sixty Seconds meets Heist Society in this edgy novel about a crack team of teenage criminals on a mission to learn to trust, build a life, and steal a wish list of exotic cars.

Jules Parish has screwed up.

After three years of boosting cars, she got caught. She’s too good to get caught, but she let her (ex)-boyfriend talk her into a questionable job. And now she and her little sister, Emma, will be kicked out of their foster home, left to survive on the unforgiving streets of Las Vegas alone.


Eccentric, wealthy Roger Montgomery wants to open up his mansion to Jules and Emma. The only catch? Jules must steal seven of the rarest, most valuable muscle cars in the world…in seven weeks. Even worse, she’s forced to put her trust in three complete strangers to help her do it.

First there’s Chelsea, the gorgeous redhead with a sharp tongue and love for picking locks. Then there’s Mat, who hasn’t met a system he couldn’t hack. And finally there’s the impossibly sexy car thief Nick, whose bad attitude and mysterious past drive Jules crazy.

With nothing in common and everything to lose, can Jules and her amateur crew pull off what could be the biggest car heist in history? Or will things spin out of control faster than a Nevada dust devil?
Title:OverdriveFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.3 inPublished:September 13, 2016Publisher:Simon PulseLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1481439448

ISBN - 13:9781481439442


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Action Packed What I liked the most about Overdrive is its female protagonist, Jules, the car thief. I don't think there are enough books with female characters that aren't in the fantasy genre or I just haven't been reading them, it's what attracted me the most to this book. Overdrive is action packed and focuses on topics like family and social issues and romance.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just as fast-paced and Gone in 60 Seconds-like as you would expect! Just as fast-paced and Gone in 60 Seconds-like as you would expect, Overdrive demands a reader’s attention and won’t let go. The writing is choppy and chaotic, like an action movie, dipping fast and heart-poundingly close to disaster at every other moment. It works really well for this book. That said, while Overdrive was really enjoyable, I wish we’d gotten a bit more on all of the characters – they felt a bit like stock heist characters to me. There was the brainiac, the hot girl, the love interest, the main character – it was like The Breakfast Club, but without the depth behind it. I wanted more on all of them, especially Jules, than just that. That issue extended to the love scenes, which were tension-filled and sexy but…I feel like I really would have fallen for the romance if I knew the characters more. The ending was also a little confusing with the plot careening and overlapping – I didn’t really get a clear idea of quite how it resolved. Overall, though, this was a really enjoyable ride that kept me engaged even during my very exciting vacation, and had my heart racing during all the car boosts.
Date published: 2016-09-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Thrilling & Fun Dawn Ius's Overdrive is a fast-paced, thrilling read that pulls you into a world of rare muscle cars and the heist of a lifetime. When the police catch Jules stealing a car, instead of being charged with theft, she's given a second chance. Roger Montgomery, a wealthy philanthropist, has a soft spot for teens and is willing to welcome both Jules and her younger sister, Emma, to his mansion. But it's not until Jules meets the three other teens staying in Roger's home that she realizes Roger has gathered them all together for a reason. Seven weeks. That's how much time Jules and her new crew have to steal seven of the rarest, most coveted muscle cars in the world. If they fail, they'll be back on the harsh streets of Las Vegas... but if they succeed, they'll each have enough money to start fresh again. Chelsea is a gorgeous lock picker from a wealthy background, Mat is a skilled hacker who longs to learn about his family roots, and Nick is a sexy car thief Jules can't get out of her mind. After turning the final pages of Overdrive, I'm still not really sure what to make of Roger. Sometimes he would seem like a true villain, manipulating Jules by threatening her little sister, and then he'd become a true benefactor, providing the crew with everything they needed to get the heists done and giving in easily to their stipulations. And then sometimes he'd be a creepy old man, especially when he'd admire his newly acquired cars. It was confusing. Was I supposed to pity him? Fear him? Be weirded out by him? Maybe it's all three. It was inevitable Jules and Nick would be a couple, but I didn't expect it to be so obvious. Nick pulls a complete 180 in a heartbeat, acting like a jerk when Jules initially comes to the mansion and then being all sweet and supportive the rest of the book. It didn't feel like a natural progression, and because the book tried so hard to make Jules and Nick love interests, I didn't really feel too much excitement for them to be together. Despite some of the faults I felt for the book, Overdrive was still very much a fun, addictive and heart racing read! Other than Ally Carter's Heist Society and Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows, there really aren't too many YA heist novels that come to my mind, so Dawn Ius's Overdrive was a refreshing change of pace. I'm not a car aficionado like Jules and Nick, so some of the finer details went over my head, but I loved their passion and enthusiasm for old muscle cars. ** I received an ARC from Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review. **
Date published: 2016-09-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A fast-paced, action packed YA version of The Fast & The Furious / Gone In 60 Seconds! The first thing about Overdrive that caught my eye, wasn’t the cover surprisingly. It was the fact that it has been compared to films like Gone in 60 Seconds and The Fast & The Furious franchise. The Fast & The Furious films are actually one of my favourite things, like ever, so the fact that Overdrive has been compared to them instantly intrigued me. I had never read anything by Dawn Ius previously so I didn’t really quite know what to expect in terms of writing style. I’m not going to lie, when I started reading the first paragraph, I started to get a little worried. The writing already started to feel like something I wasn’t particularly going to enjoy. It felt a little cheesy and stereotypical in terms of YA contemporary. However, I decided to push on through and continue reading. I’m glad to say that I’m happy that I decided to continue reading Overdrive. While it wasn’t the best book I have ever read, it definitely turned out to be a fun, fast-paced and action packed novel! I had just recently finished reading some books that were heavy and darker in nature, and Overdrive turned out to be the perfect light and energetic contemporary that I didn’t know I needed. Overdrive tells the story of Jules, a teenage girl who is currently bouncing from one foster home to the next with her younger sister Emma. Jules also happens to have a little secret, she’s an expert at hot-wiring and stealing cars. She gets herself into quite a large amount of trouble after an attempt at stealing a car goes wrong and she is afraid that she will be arrested and separated from her sister for good. However, a man by the name of Roger Montgomery offers to foster Jules and her sister, with one very important and dangerous condition. Jules, along with a few other teens that Roger has “fostered”, must work together to steal seven of the world’s most expensive and rare cars within a seven week time frame. I noticed that this book was marked as a thriller on Goodreads and while I suppose I can understand why, I don’t think I would have classified it as such. I thought this felt like more of a fast-paced action novel, with hints of the typical contemporary romance. While I wasn’t the biggest fan of the writing style, there’s no denying that Overdrive was extremely entertaining. I couldn’t put it down, mostly because I just needed to know what was going to happen next! I needed to know if Jules and the gang were going to get caught or drive away into the sunset. This novel was definitely a guilty pleasure. I’m not entirely sure how I felt about Jules as a character. There were moments that I loved her and then there were moments that I just found her slightly annoying. The same goes for Nick. I can’t say I liked him very much at the beginning of the novel, but he definitely grew on me as the story continued. I found that the change in his personality and the switch in his feelings towards Jules happened too quickly and out of nowhere. As for Roger’s other two “foster” children, Chelsea and Matt, I don’t think I got to know them well enough. I actually really did enjoy the scenes that featured them and I wish that we got to learn a little bit more about them. I felt like their storylines were a tad rushed and not nearly detailed enough. I want to learn more about Chelsea and her relationship with her real father. I wanted to see more of Matt trying to locate his birth family, but unfortunately these two characters and their storylines were pushed to the sidelines. One thing that I did like about these four characters is the way that they worked together on their mission to locate and steal these cars. They each had their individual strengths that helped them to form the perfect team. Nick and Jules worked as the thieves and getaway drivers while Chelsea worked as a lock picker and Matt acted as the expert hacker. Bringing the four of them together with their individual roles really helped in creating characters that were unique from one another. While Overdrive wasn’t my favourite book ever, it was definitely an entertaining one. If you want to read something fast paced and exciting. This is the book for you!
Date published: 2016-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a Rush! I am a big fan of Gone in Sixty Seconds so when I heard about Overdrive, I knew I had to read it. Overdrive is a speedy thrilling read! I had to really pace myself while reading because this was one fast ride. What made Overdrive real to me was the lingos and jargons used. I'm no expert in cars and locks (also ballet) but when the characters were talking, they felt right. Their expertise showed in their words. Combined with the thrill of the actions, I had great fun reading this book. I wasn't all that invested in the mystery. Bits of clues led me to a loose answer so the reasoning behind stealing the cars didn't interest me but I was all in for the action. I loved joining the crew on their jobs. Even if these people were technically the "bad guys", it was fun and exciting to see them work their skills. There were a few scenes that were similar to the movie but the tense, nerve-wracking atmosphere giving way to adrenaline rushes were spot-on. Jules is a very guarded character. She's had to make some tough choices to keep her sister protected hence her hackles are always raised; she's quick to snap at anyone that comes close. But all of that changes when she enters Roger Montgomery's mansion. As the stakes were high, she's forced to work with others. Slowly she learns to trust them and that was a welcome change from her usual prickliness. Besides seeing the characters work as a team, we also learn a little about their past. I loved getting to know each of them but our understandings felt very limited (being told). In a way, their backgrounds were a tool of convenience for the story to work out. In addition to that, I'm not sure how believable it is for these teenagers to be able to complete these heists. With their success rate, they're a lucky team. If you're a fan of car chases and action sequences, make sure you grab yourself a copy of Overdrive. With action after action this is one ride that's bound to get your blood rushing and heart pounding!
Date published: 2016-09-09