Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Series: Fire & Flood #1
Format: finished hardcover copy
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?
FIRE & FLOOD is one of the most unique books I have read in awhile! Tella’s family has moved out to the middle of nowhere with no contact with the outside world. After receiving a mysterious hearing device on her bed, Tella will do anything to learn more about it. This device instructs her to leave home and sets her out on a journey of a lifetime. She must choose an egg, with who knows what in it, and go on a two month long race. The prize if she wins? The Cure that will heal her brother.
When we first meet Tella, she is going completely stir-crazy. She used to live in a big city with lots of friends and things to do. Now she has nothing. Her brother is sick and her parents are reclusive. Put yourself in her shoes and imagine what it must be like living in the middle of the woods with nothing to do. So when she gets that ear piece with an epic adventure awaiting, she can’t resist, despite the mysteriousness of it all. She has no clue what she is getting herself into, but it’s a chance to get out into the real world and a chance to save her brother. Who would say no?
I mentioned that this book is quite unique and that it is. Each contender in the Brimstone Bleed gets to choose an egg that, when hatched, will accompany the contender throughout the race. These Pandoras were the neatest and most original things I had ever heard of. Without giving anything away, they are animals that have been genetically altered to exhibit extraordinary abilities. Tella’s Pandora was easily the best one out there! I loved how his abilities were not revealed right away, none of the Pandoras’ abilities were. With time, the contestant and reader discovered more and more about what each one was capable of doing. It made reading this story even more exciting than it already was!
Midway through leg one of the race Tella teams up with a group of other contenders. Scott is great with characterizations and creating a cast of secondary characters that are interesting and different from one another. If I had to compete in this race, I’d want to team up with them too. They all had different backgrounds but knew how to contribute to the team’s survival in their own way. There’s one male character, in particular, who is possibly the most fearless guy out there. He knew exactly what to do when, as if he had done this race before. He becomes particularly protective of Tella, which made me a bit jealous! She is one lucky girl, I tell you what. One of the best things about Tella is that she never denied that she might need help winning this race. She’s not one of those stereotypical girls that refuse any sort of help because she thinks she can do everything on her own. From day one Tella wanted to team up with people; it was so refreshing to see.
FIRE & FLOOD is one of those books that you can easily finish within two days. It was that interesting! You quickly become invested in Tella, her Pandora, and the group she is traveling with. You want to know what happens to them and have a hard time finding a stopping place. When I finished reading, I instantly wanted more. The book ends at the end of leg two of the race, leaving two more to go. So much has already changed from the beginning of the race until this point, I’m dying to know how much is going to change as the Brimstone Bleed continues. Emotions are running high at this point and Tella has made a pretty bold decision; I need to know what will come out of this. I so hope the next book comes out soon! You guys need to read this!
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