Author: Victoria Scott
Series: (Fire & Flood, #1)
Published: February 25th 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Categories: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Summary: 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?
Review: If you haven’t heard of Katekyo Hitman Reborn, which is a manga series I absolutely adore, they have this thing called box weapon. Inside this box weapon are animals that aid the owner. Oh, they can transform themselves into weapons, too. So this Pandora thing they have, it wasn’t new to me. Although it didn’t claim that it was (in all fairness). It just to me, the similarities from other fandoms were just starting to pile themselves. And I’m not even starting on how Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott eerily reminded me of The Hunger Games.
Tella Hollaway’s brother, Cody, is sick and she needed the cure for him. Then suddenly, a small box containing information that can help Cody landed on her hands. She needed to compete in this race called Brimstone Bleed. It’s a race that will last up to three months and will take place on different places: desert, sea, mountains, jungle. And the prize? It was what she wanted all along, what she wanted for Cody: the Cure.
I enjoyed most of it, but the irrational part of me was nagging me the whole time and telling me that I’ve seen this, read that. Sometimes I’m not really bothered by it but the things in here perpetually reminded me of that, and I can’t help but to draw parallels. Unfortunately, it was a struggle to pretend the whole time that what I’m reading was something I wasn’t already aware of. Even the motivation of the heroine is achingly familiar to me.
Tella was rather inconsistent to me. There were good moments, and I do really like that her objective was noble, selfless. I needed to see how strong her bond is with her brother so I can understand the root of her determination. And I think I saw that in her. Every time she was in trouble, she was holding on her goal of getting the cure for him. And that is what I really liked about her. She got spunk, too, but sometimes I sort of questioned her intellect because she went and decide on things I would normally doubt, but I guess that is just me. On the other hand, she knew how to weigh things, like, there are certain shady (which I already suspected from early on) characters there. And I’m glad that she wised up and think farther than was just happening at the moment. It was one of the things that I did like about her.
Can I take a moment and introduce you to Guy Chambers? I think the name doesn’t’ suit him, it’s so simple. But nothing is simple in this guy (pun intended). Although I wasn’t sure of him from the beginning. I mean if you’re in a competition, isn’t natural instinct to doubt other people? I did lot of that to other characters, which is to say were plenty. I guess he was the type of character where you get to know more, that you’ll be able to strip off his layers as you progress.
The ending left me a bit dissatisfied, because the later parts were the ones that truly reeled me in. So perhaps, the ingenuity wasn’t there but the entertaining factor sure is.
Format: Advance Reader’s Copy
Preview Quote: “You may think I’m weak, but I’m actually pretty damned determined to win this race.” — Tella (from Uncorrected Galley Proof)