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.Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott
Series: Fire & Flood
Published by Scholastic Press on 2/24/2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Also in this series: Fire & Flood
Also by this author: The Collector, The Liberator
What would you do to save someone you love?
In Fire & Flood, Tella Holloway faced a dangerous trek through the jungle and across the desert, all to remain a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed for a chance at obtaining the Cure for her brother. She can't quit--she has to win the race, save Cody, and then fight to make sure the race stops before it can claim any more lives. In the next legs of the race, across the ocean and over mountains, Tella will face frostbite, sharks, avalanche, and twisted new rules in the race.
But what if the danger is deeper than that? How do you know who to trust when everyone's keeping secrets? What do you do when the person you'd relied on most suddenly isn't there for support? How do you weigh one life against another?
The race is coming to an end, and Tella is running out of time, resources, and strength. At the start of the race there were one hundred twenty-two Contenders. As Tella and her remaining friends start the final part of the race, just forty-one are left--and only one can win.
Salt & Stone seemed much darker than Fire & Flood. As hard as the struggle was before it’s way more intense now.
Tella learns to trust herself. She doesn’t rely on others as much as she did before. There are so many things she just goes wit her gut feeling on. She also shows so much compassion in this book. She’s always had a soft heart, but she shows so much strength through her kindness. Guy frustrated me at times. He would be sweet and then turn into an arrogant ass. I still love most of the secondary characters, but some of them are pretty awful at times.
The challenges in this book are much more intense. There are extreme climates and insane obstacles thrown in their paths. There are people that you don’t know who to trust. They seem like they have the same ideals as you, but then shock the hell out of you. Sometimes this is good, but at other times it is a slap in the face.
I will say one thing about Victoria Scott. She is not afraid to kill characters in order to have an impact on the story. These deaths mean so much to Tella, and give her the strength to carry through the race.