Time is slipping away….
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?
Victoria Scott’s breathtaking novel grabs readers by the throat and doesn’t let go.
Book Review: 3/4
You have been selected to be a contender in the Brimstone Bleed. The prize? You ask, if you win this race… Well it is a cure to save the one you love. Of course you will enter, everyone always enters. But there can only be one winner, and you might not even make it to the end.
Fire & Flood is a riveting fast pace dystopian that kicks off from the first few pages (I love novels that do that). It combines several awesome elements that I haven’t really seen in YA literature, like the use of sidekicks/Pandora’s/Pokemon-esk characters that assist you as you navigate across several terranes. The main character Tella is a freaking awesome heroine, whose inner thoughts are incredibly hilarious and I related way too much to her. The greatest thing about her though is that she has this hidden drive to succeed that overrides any fears she may have. It’s really great to read her responses when she deals with several issues along the way. Especially in regards to Guy..who she believes is a serial killer from the get-go. I love him.
The whole basis for the race is really fascinating, and unfortunately like most non-spoilery reviews I can’t get too much into it without ..you know..spoiling you. Trust me though fellow lovers of literature, there is reasoning behind the madness of Brimstone Bleed. Reasoning that has lasted generations, and reasoning that increases your drive to punch someone in the face.
Scott’s novel is an easy read with rich characters, and I just flew through this one! Overall a great start to what I’m sure is going to be an action packed series.