Transport in Fiction
I was approached by the car sharing company Turo (you can view their available rentals on their website) to write a post about my favourite cars in books. I decided to expand that to my favourite transport vehicles. Transport can be so much more than getting from a to b in books. Just take the Orient Express, for example, and who wouldn’t want to ride the Hogwarts Express. And yet, one could argue that every book has some sort of vehicular transport in it, but it takes a memorable experience to make it stand out. Here is my list of stand-out modes of transport in books. But let’s be honest, its just a chance to highlight some of my favourite books.
This list also ties in nicely with the upcoming release of Margaret’s Stohl’s YA novel Royce Rolls, which sounds amazing.
Sixteen-year-old Bentley Royce seems to have it all: an actual Bentley, tuition to a fancy private school, lavish vacations, and everything else that comes along with being an LA starlet. But after five seasons on her family’s reality show, Rolling with the Royces, and a lifetime of dealing with her narcissistic sister, Porsche, media-obsessed mother, Mercedes, and somewhat clueless brother, Maybach, Bentley wants out. Luckily for her, without a hook for season six, cancellation is looming and freedom is nigh. With their lifestyle on the brink, however, Bentley’s family starts to crumble, and one thing becomes startlingly clear–without the show, there is no family. And since Bentley loves her family, she has to do the unthinkable–save the show.
For total coolness I would have to choose Rachel’s Mustang GT from Crash Into You. I’m not sure she would let me drive it, though.
The girl with straight A’s and the perfect life—that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy family…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker—a guy she has no business even talking to. But after the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind.
With flying mode, of course. Hard to choose whether to put this one under cars or flying vehicles. Harry Potter has so many, very amazing modes of transport to choose from – apparition, Thestral-drawn carriage, even dragon. But the flying car is still cool.
Harry, Ron and Hermione are back in their second year at Hogwarts. This time Ron and Harry make a rather impressive entrance in the Weasley’s flying car.
Red Jeep Liberty
You can’t have a list of cars in fiction without a road-trip novel.
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour – Morgan Matson -Simon and Schuster – Published 2010
Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.
This was one of the first cars I really paid attention to in YA fiction, so it had to make my list.
About three things I was absolutely positive.
First, Edward was a vampire.
Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.
And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.
Overdrive features many amazing cars from the 1970 Dodge Super Bee 426 to the 1968 Chevy Camaro ZL1. But this Mustang Shelby, affectionally named Eleanor, is the pick of the bunch.
Overdrive – Dawn Ius – Simon Pulse – Published 13 September 2016
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.
Unless. 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.
Obviously, I would need Sara, star of Hover, or the author herself to take me for a spin in this incredible piece of machinery.
Hover – Anne A Wilson – Forge – Published 2 June 2015
Lieutenant Sara Denning never planned on joining the navy. She is only there because her brother, one more man in a very long line of Denning military men, isn’t. But for someone who wasn’t going to join up, she’s pretty good at what she does. There is just one problem- she’s terrified of water. Luckily, being a helicopter pilot gets her as far away from the water as one can in the navy. During a flight that turns dangerous due to bad weather, Sara’s flying skill is noticed and, finally, appreciated. She and her crew are stranded on the Lake Champlain, a guided-missile cruiser, due to the storm, where Sara meets Eric Marxen, a handsome and kind Lieutenant
HH- 1N Huey Helicopter
If I was stuck in a blizzard while mountain climbing in the rugged Sierra Nevada, this is what I would want recusing me. See more incredible pictures at Anne’s website.
Clear To Lift – Anne A. Wilson – Forge Books – Published 12 July 2016
Navy helicopter pilot Lt. Alison Malone has been assigned to a search and rescue team based at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada, near the rugged peaks of the Sierra Nevada, and far from her former elite H-60 squadron. A rule follower by nature, Alison is exasperated and outraged every time she flies with her mission commander, “Boomer” Marks, for whom military procedures are merely a suggestion. Alison is desperate to be transferred out of the boonies, where careers stagnate, and back to her life and fiancé in San Diego.
I personally wouldn’t like to take a voyage on this particular ship, but it certainly made for a memorable setting.
Maddie has big plans to spend the last months before college tying up high school “loose ends” alongside her best friends. Then her beloved grandmother drops two bombshells: (1) Gram is dying. (2) She’s taking her entire family on a round-the-world cruise of dreams come true—but at the end, Gram won’t be returning home.
Not sure how I would survive so many months at sea, but the USS Nevada under the careful watch of her commander is a wonderful place for adventure.
When asked what he does for a living, Commander Mark Bishop is deliberately low-key: “I’m in the navy.”
But commanding the ballistic missile submarine USS Nevada, keeping its crew trained and focused during 90-day submerged patrols, and being prepared to launch weapons on valid presidential orders, carries a burden of command like few other jobs in the military. Mark Bishop is a man who accepts that responsibility, and carries it well. And at a time when tensions are escalating in the Pacific Rim, the navy is glad to have him.
This is another cross-over vehicle. Is it a ship or is it more aircraft? But a flying ship is undoubtably awesome.
Magoina – Maria Dahvana Headley – HarperTeen – 28 April 2015
Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.
Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.
So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.
Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.
I think this one is the winner. To take that amazing journey on this incredible train, knowing that Hogwarts lay before me….
Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy – until he is rescued by an owl, taken to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learns to play Quidditch and does battle in a deadly duel. The Reason … HARRY POTTER IS A WIZARD!