Author: Victoria Scott
Published: Feb 25, 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Format: Ebook; 320pg
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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?
Fire and Flood begins with the main character, Tella, sulking because she hates living in the middle of nowhere in Montana. No internet, no phones, no friends. But the worst thing in Tella's world is that her brother, Cody, is very sick. I liked how when Tella gets her first message from the Brimstone Bleed, she doesn't even hesitate. All she knows if there is a Cure for her brother, she is going to do whatever it takes to get it. The problem is that Tella really has no idea what the Brimstone Bleed is at all. But she is going to find out.
The character of Tella was a snotty brat at first but she developed greatly over the course of the novel. She went from a girl who thought the most important thing to pack was her purple glittery nail polish to a girl who packs a knife. Yeah, Tella has to get tough throughout this book. She does have some protection in the form of a mysterious contender in the Brimstone Bleed named Guy. It was an interesting relationship, to say the least. The relationship between Guy and Tella seemed to progress with some awkwardness. I guess I just didn't fall in love with the character's like I really hoped I would. However, I did fall in love with the Pandora's and can't wait to learn more about where they came from and see what other powers they have.
The world building was great. Especially considering they were changing locations a lot. The Brimstone Bleed is carried on through jungle, desert, ocean and mountain. This makes for some great imagery! There are some gruesome aspects to this novel. Of course there is, because there can only be one winner and some people are willing to kill to be that winner.
Overall, a great read with some good twists. I just wish I would have felt the characters more.
4 stars to Fire and Flood!