Fire and Flood

By Victoria Scott
Published on February 25, 2014
Published by Scholastic
Source: Netgalley
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?

 What an action packed book!  I had no idea what to expect about this book. I assumed it was going to be a bit like Blood Red Road.  Even though it is a dystopian, this is nothing like Blood Red Road and reminded me so much of The Hunger Games.

I say that with trepidation.  I don't personally like when people compare books to super hugely popular books so I feel the need explain myself.  Fire and Flood is not a copy cat book.  Other than the fact that there is a competition, there is really nothing similar about the two books.  How it is similar though, is that the book is full of excitement and adventure and the romance, although good, is in the background.

Man was this book full of adventure.  It was all about survival and hunting and fighting and all of those awesome things.  I found myself unable to get away from my kindle as I was reading Fire and Flood.  There literally wasn't a break in the action!

There is a romance, and I think it is enough to be enjoyable without being to over dramatic.  Yes there is kissing, yes there is drama- but it doesn't overshadow all of the killing and running!  And did I mention there are weird sci-fi paranormal creatures.  Think Pokemon using real animals with super powers.  Whew!

I know there is one part of this book that people may not like- Tella was obsessed with her appearance.  She wanted nothing more than to sit back in a comfy chair and paint her toenails and get a pedicure.  She is the anti-Katniss in that way.  Tella is the stereotypical girly girl and doesn't transform into some sort of Amazonian warrioress overnight.  She is constantly not doing as well as she wants and is frustrated by that.

If you like adventure, or heck if you just like a good book- pick this one up.  I know this one is going to be a big hit!

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