Series: Fire & Flood #1
Publisher: Scholastic Press on February 25, 2014
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Time is slipping away....
Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she's helpless to change anything.
Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother's illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.
The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can't trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?
Victoria Scott's breathtaking novel grabs readers by the throat and doesn't let go.
“When I first saw the sand, I thought it was beautiful. Like maybe it’d be fun to just roll around in and make sand angels. Now I know the truth, that sand is actually the love child of proud parents Marie Antoinette and Joseph Stalin.”
I absolutely adored Fire & Flood. I really enjoy Scott’s trilogy, The Dante Walker series, so I was very excited for this novel. This novel is a dystopian which is different from Scott’s paranormal series. The characters in this novel are in a Hunger Games-esque fight for The Cure. I really liked the plot of this novel and that the romance was a serious subplot. The events in this novel were thrilling and I was rooting for the main character. The pacing was fast and furious and I just really enjoyed watching the character’s journey in this novel.
Tella was not what you would expect in a novel like this one. She wasn’t Katniss Everdeen—she wasn’t strong, tough, or kickass. She was a girly girl who liked girly things. The only reason she was part of this competition was to save her brother. She really grew over the course of the novel but not into a full-on warrior. I really liked that because it set her apart from every other dystopian heroine out there.
Guy was mysterious. I really don’t know much about him except that he was totally swoon-worthy and he wanted to help Tella. That alone was enough for me. He was guarded and we didn’t get much of his history and I’m hoping to see more of it in the upcoming novel. Like I mentioned, the romance wasn’t a main plot point so it was a bit understated. However, this worked for the flow of the novel.
Fire & Flood was an amazing dystopian that has carved its own little niche within the genre. I can’t wait to see the rest of the characters’ journey.