Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott
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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 am going to be completely honest here: I didn’t know who Victoria Scott was until about a week ago. Jessica Brody was having an online video chat launch party…thing for her new release, Unforgotten. She did it with Victoria Scott, who had the first of a series, Fire and Flood, release the same day as Unforgotten. It was a really fun chat, I had a great time with it, and I figured I should check Victoria Scott out. Fire and Flood sounded amazing and I won a swag pack thing for answering a “trivia” question correctly so I got a couple signed bookmarks and such. Last Thursday was my birthday so I decided to go book shopping because, well, duh, and I picked up Fire and Flood.
I didn’t get to it until Tuesday and then I stayed up all night reading it. I read it from about midnight to about 4 am. I CONSUMED this book.
When we were all chatting online, someone had compared it to The Hunger Games and there are a lot of comparisons to it on the back of the book. I can definitely see those comparisons and if you like THG, I definitely think you’ll like this book.
However, I do think Victoria Scott sort of stands on her own with this. While there’s a similarity of survival, and being part of a “game”, and a winner at the end, there’s so much about it that is unique and frankly, insanely exciting.
Tella is part of a game to the finish where you will receive a cure, a cure she desperately wants for her brother. She receives a mysterious message and she goes with it. Its sort of an underground game, not like THG where its broadcast all over the place. There’s a choice in the matter. I like that there’s stages, and with each stage, there’s a winner. It makes it even more exciting. There are stages that they have to survive in order to reach the ultimate goal. I also like that the game was hidden from Tella so when goes to it, she’s unprepared but she’s determined and she learns along the way.
Plus, no one is killing anyone. Well, they’re not required to, anyway. That’s all I’ll say about that haha!
I’m also incredibly attached to the characters. I loved Tella from page one, even as a kind of whining girl stuck in the middle of nowhere, missing the city of Boston and her friends. Because I could feel for her. And I felt her desire for her excitement and her immediate desire to go on this adventure to help her brother. I love that she is resilient and determined but she also struggles, and she has to learn. I like that she doubts herself but pushes herself onward anyway.
I also definitely love the other characters as well: Guy, Harper, Ransom, Levi, Caroline, and the rest. They all have their purpose to the story and I love all of them. I think that Guy brings some mystery to the story, especially hinting at what is to come. Harper and Ransom and Levi provide humor and provide a sense of normalcy when trying to survive in a jungle or desert. They also sort of build mystery to this game.
The fact that the game takes place in our world, kind of under the radar is something that I really enjoyed too. I’m not sure how to classify this book because of that. Its not really dystopian because its OUR world, but with this underground game going on. I love that it feels so real. Everything about it feels so authentic that its not hard to accept any of it. The transition from the normal, everyday world to the world of the games just felt so easy. I loved it. I was easily wrapped up into the world.
Lastly, I think my favorite part was the Pandoras. I can’t handle how much I love the Pandoras. Each contestant had to choose an egg, of varying sizes, that contained a Pandora, an animal that hatches during the game to provide assistance for you, to help you in any way possible. I don’t want to reveal much more than that because there’s more revealed in the story, as it goes along, and I really enjoyed that aspect and I’ve decided I most definitely want a Pandora. I think there’s going to be more to the Pandoras as the books continue too, so I’m excited for it.
Bottom line, read this book. It will grip you from page one, to the last page. I was addicted right off the bat and now, I’m not going to be patient enough to wait until the next one is released. Victoria Scott, hear my plea! I’m ready for the next book :)
5 out of 5 Stars