by Victoria Scott
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Published: Feb. 25th 2014 by Scholastic Press
Genre: YA Fantasy, Sci-Fi
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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?" -Goodreads
“‘I’d like to officially welcome you to the Brimstone Bleed. May the bravest Contender win.’” (loc. 607)
It says a lot about a book when you finish it in less than half a day. The sheer suspense, adventure, enthusiasm and laughs had me glued to my seat! No time is wasted from the beginning in getting into action as we follow Tella’s quick decision to obtain a cure for her brother by entering the Brimstone Bleed. People of all different ages, shapes and backgrounds are entering this competition to obtain a cure for a sick loved one. This competition will take them through several months of survival in the most extreme conditions. As they come to know and care for one another, the question arises of why are all these loved ones sick in the first place.In an adventure that rings in the survival tales of The Hunger Games and the companionship trials of Pokémon, Fire and Flood shows how far people will go for The Cure.
“A cure. A cure for Cody. I’d do anything for that. I listen as the woman pauses. ‘There can be only one champion.’” (loc. 235)
The overall idea of the plot may not be completely original, but the authors writing style and individual concepts were. I love the idea of Pandora’s and imagined them as little pokémons defending their masters. I was intrigued with how imaginative this story was, and just how diversified everyone’s Pandora was.
“Then I smile. The egg is small and ugly, and if I’m not mistaken, it’s got a little stank rolling off it. But it’s mine. And I’m going to take care of what’s inside.” (loc. 392)
The relationship between Tella and Guy is great and everything, but even after the end revelation, I still think she should keep up her guard, because everybody involved in the Brimstone Bleed has a sick loved one that needs curing. People will do anything if the need is great enough. I am enthralled with Titus, not as a person, but as a character who poses a real threat. Not just in attitude and egotism, but in a sleazy and even abusive way that gives him more relevance and credence as a modern-day obstacle.
In all I quite enjoyed Fire & Flood, with not only it’s concepts, but the author’s writing voice as well. I’m already a fan of Victoria Scott’s Dante Walker series, and now I can add this series to the list. I’m eagerly awaiting the next in the Fire & Flood series.
First Line: “If my hair gets any frizzier, I’ll shave it to the scalp. Or light it on fire. Whichever is easier.” (loc. 19)
Last Line: Spoiler?
“‘If you’re hearing this message, you are invited to be a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. All Contenders must report within forty-eight hours to select their Pandora companions.” (loc. 94)
Galley provided by NetGalley via Scholastic Press
*Quotes are from uncorrected advanced galleys and may change before going to press. Please refer to the final printed book for official quotes.