Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott
Series: Fire & Flood #1
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Publication date: February 25, 2014
Format: eARC, 320 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother's life—and her own.
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?
Going into Fire & Flood, I was expecting something like the Hunger Games meets the Scorpio Races. Ho. Lee. Crap. What I got was so much more than that. With a kickass heroine, a deliciously attractive and mysterious love interest and oodles of twists and turns, action, betrayals and revelations, it kept me on the edge of my seat, desperate to know what would happen next.
Tella begins the book as a spoiled and prissy girl who I had a hard time envisioning in a competition like the one she was about to enter into. I knew there was more to her. Her reason behind entering the Brimstone Bleed was selfless. She wanted to try to save her brother’s life. Even at the beginning of the competition, I was less than impressed with her and imagined she would spend the majority of the book being saved by others. But, as a Contender, Tella came into her own. She became strong, determined and tough without losing herself completely. I found myself really rooting for her in both the competition and her growing thing with Madox, who was a giant puzzle, one I couldn’t wait to get solved. They had chemistry and worked well together in the competition.
I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this book. The writing was fantastic and the world-building was complete. I could picture myself in the world. The description of the Pandoras was absolutely fascinating to me. The concept was original. The challenges were each fascinating in their own right, as were all the characters, even those who played the smallest parts were intriguing. Everyone had something to hide and I found myself wanting to know everyone’s story. I can’t even tell you how anxiously I’m awaiting the next book in this series. While Fire & Flood didn’t end with a true cliffhanger, there are enough unanswered questions that I can’t wait to have resolved.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.