I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott (Young adult author)
Series: Fire & Flood
Published by Scholastic Press on February 25, 2014
Genres: Young Adult
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Also in this series: Salt & Stone
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?
I think Tella is an amazing character. She is girly, but also very strong when it comes to adjusting to the race. There are so many qualities in her that I see in my daughter it’s unreal. That could be why I felt instantly connected with Tella. Bellz is such a princess, but she’s a fierce one. 😛 I also liked the side characters. They each have their own story to tell, and I loved getting little glimpses into their lives. Guy…. oh Guy! He’s swoony, intelligent, and straight up survivor man. I’d definitely want him on my side while out in the wilderness.
I think my favorite part of this novel is how Tella is always having to adjust to her surroundings. She doesn’t let her fear completely consume her, and she rolls with the punches. I also liked how despite trying to beat the other people for the cure, there’s still a sense of comradery. There are also quite a few twists and turns that I did not see coming at all. Some had me gripping the edge of my seat, um couch, and others had my heart breaking.