Review: Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

March 7, 2014 4 stars, Book Review, Science Fiction, Young Adult 20 ★★★★

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?

What would you do to save someone you love? Your brother, your sister, your mother…your child? Fire & Flood puts young Tella to the test to see just that! But not just Tella, 122 people enter this race called the Brimstone Bleed, but there can be only one ultimate winner. One person who will receive the cure for their loved one’s illness. To win that person must survive a race through 4 ecosystems. They are given an animal Pandora companion. A genetically modified animal that has skills and talents beyond their imagining. Where do I sign up? Let’s just skip the my family member’s almost certain death part though…

There can be only one!!
Sounds like one hell of a crazy ride am I right? It really is! Admittedly I have never been a fan of those reality tv shows like Survivor. But Survivor would be a somewhat accurate way to describe this. Everyone is racing to be the winner, but really this is more like surviving, because each ecosystem is something to survive. There is action, there is suspense and such tension that kept me flipping pages until I reached the end. A quick note on that, I really wish the entire race were covered here, but I don’t think this is a spoiler in saying that this first book only covers the first 2 legs or ecosystems of the race. I wish the entirety of the race were covered but then I guess the book would have been twice as long and what then would we see in book two? I’m just so impatient and want to see the finish now!! *pouts* We see Tella grow from a girl I wouldn’t even bet a nickel on to a strength to be reckoned with. In ways she’s much like her little Pandora, easy to underestimate at first glance.

Love, like weeds, can bloom in the harshest of climes
You romance junkies will be happy to know that you won’t be denied your palpitating hearts – because there is most definitely some budding romance going on here. It’s made even harder in that, if you’re falling for a competitor and you know that only ONE of you can win…and if you win that means your love’s family member will die. Sizzle and pop, baby, that’s one hell of a relationship dynamic to shake things up.

Whoever said dogs are man’s best friend?
Because I would say they are wrong! An adorable baby fox would steal my heart any day! There is a whole zoo worth of amazing animals in this book and I was always interested to see what nifty talent one would roll out with next.

Fire & Flood was an amazing young adult read. I think it used some ideas we’ve seen before but melded them with unique concepts and a stellar delivery. Readers will definitely enjoy this action packed race of survivalist adventure!

Fire & Floor (Fire & Flood #1)

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20 Responses to “Review: Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott”

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I think the reason you might have heard not so great things about Tella is because she’s one of those characters that starts out annoying but she “grows and changes” over the course of the book into a better person. So in the beginning I wanted to knock her about a few times too but in the end I adored her. I hope you enjoy!!

  1. Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    SO nice to see a good review of this from someone whose opinion I trust. I mean, I thought it sounded really good, but then I got distracted by all the haters, and then I was thinking that it might be one of those books that only sounds good in the blurb, and the rest is hype.

    I’m going to keep an open mind.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      See! I try not to read reviews of books I’m excited about until after I’m done reading the book myself. Course I try not to read reviews of any books if I plan to read them soon cause its so easy to develop a bias. My husband and I were just talking about that recently. Oo good discussion post! LOL

      I really enjoyed it. Tella did really tick me off a bunch in the beginning, she was one of those character types that I think the author purposefully tries to get you to dislike as you slowly see them grow and change into a better person. I hope you enjoy it if you decide to read it.

      Ahhh you trusts me *blushes* Must be our similar tastes in books huh?!

      • Jessica @ Rabid Reads

        I try to avoid reviews, but my curiosity always gets the better of me (something about lives and cats . . . )

        And those are my favorite types of characters–I love Pride and Prejudice, but I’ll take Emma Woodhouse over Elizabeth Bennett every time, so growth points for Tella 😉 And yes, similar tastes in books is a wonderful thing. Truly.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I want a baby FOX!!!! Ahhhhh ok calm down calm down. Yes, I’ve seriously always wanted a pet ferret or fox. Unfortunately I believe they are illegal as pets in California. I think they are considered vermin here?

      I adore foxes probably because I’m so smitten with japanese culture and they pop up all the time.

      • Nathan (@reviewbarn)

        I had a ferret through high school and college. It was friggen adorable and very playful. I loved it so much I paid to have a tumor removed while I high school, was like a months pay St the time.

        I remember cussing at your silly ban back in the day, still pisses me off. I miss that little critter.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I think this is one that you’ll like Tammy. I know our tastes are similar though our ratings aren’t always in sync but I’m going to bet this is one you’ll enjoy.

      Yes, trust me, *sets the hypnotism eyes on you to lull you into a state of …?*

      I freaking want a pandora! But seriously who doesn’t. I think my favorite part of World of Warcraft are all the pets I can collect.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Only $2.99 thats a steal of a deal – I didn’t realize it had gone on sale so soon since its a new release. Good catch! I definitely enjoyed it a lot and I hope you do too!!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Yes, well when we think about it – pretty much everything has already been done. Its about weaving things together in a new way to appeal to the readers. I really really liked it. I just ahhh want more right now you know? And I want my baby fox!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      bah! I wouldn’t even make the comparison haha. Cause no one HAS to die…they just uhhh you know some of them do…ok so yes its very blood thirsty for some of them.

  2. Pamela D

    Although I’m not sure that this book is for me (I read The Hunger Games, but I am not a fan of Survivor type books…too stressful for me 🙂 ), this series does sound crazy interesting. 🙂
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Yeah then it might not be for you. I know people compare it to The Hunger Games but thats just one concept of it, the stories are so completely different. I wasn’t even thinking Hunger Games while reading this.