Published by Scholastic Inc. on February 25th 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Survival Stories, Young Adult
A pulse-pounding thrill ride, where a teen girl must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother's life--and her own. 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 the middle of nowhere 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.
Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott is a survivor story mixed with a little bit of a Hunger Games feel. Sure there are a lot of Hunger Games similarities but it still has it’s own unique plot. Fire & Flood has a lot of mixed reviews because of the similar plot like Hunger Games, but I LOVED this book so much! I plan on starting Salt & Stone this weekend because I have to see how this race ends!
Tella has a really sick brother, but even though he is sick they still exchange their usual banter. However, things change for Tella when she finds a box in her bedroom with an ear piece in it. Since moving to try to get treatment for her brother, she has not had access to the internet, so she’s secretly hoping this ear piece will connect her to the online world. Come to find out the ear piece is letting her know that she’s invited to be a Contender at the Brimstone Bleed.
Her father ends up burning the device to hide the fact that Tella has received an invitation. Tella sneaks out and gets the device out of the fire, and it is actually fire proof. She finishes listening to the message in the middle of the night and decides to try her hand at the Brimstone Bleed for a chance to win a cure that will help her brother. After following the directions that the voice gives from the ear piece, she gets to choose an egg that hatches a Pandora to help her get through the race. Each Pandora has special abilities that can be handy during the race/Brimstone Bleed. The race involves battling different types of environments such as a desert.
One of my favorite things about this book is the humor mixed in with the darker parts of the story. Tella has some hilarious comments, and yes, she can sound like a drama queen at times. But I think it works so well with her character. She can stand on her own two feet when she needs to even though she’s thinking of missing girly things like makeup. Honestly, I think I’d be a bit of a drama queen too if I was dropped off in the middle of the desert without food and shelter. :grin: Anyways, the main character is great after the first few chapters of the book.
Tella ends up making a lot of friends (and enemies), and I must say I loved most of the characters except this one jerk who quickly becomes Tella’s enemy.
The only thing that bugged me was that we never really find out if this is a futuristic world or if it is suppose to occurring now. Although the race and each environment is described perfectly, I would have liked to know more about the current situation and when things are happening. I do like that we get a “why” for the Brimstone Bleed during book one. Sometimes with series the “why” is dragged out for ages and ages until it is finally revealed.
I highly recommend Fire & Flood if dystopians like the Hunger Games or even The Maze Runner is your thing!