Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott
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?
(Synopsis from Goodreads.)
This year, I am working on decreasing my NetGalley/Edelweiss review pile. I've been hearing a lot of great things about Fire and Flood all over Booktube. When a booktuber (I don't remember which one. When I find out, I will edit the post and give said booktuber credit. If anyone knows which booktuber said this, please let me know) said that Fire and Flood reminded her of The Hunger Games with Pokemon, it peaked my interest. I had this book for a while, and I am so sad that I didn't read it sooner. I loved it, other than the main character.
Tella, the main character of Fire and Flood, drove me absolutely crazy. She was whiny, immature, vain, and only thought of herself. This lessened as the book went on, but it was still a prominent feature of her personality. She would be in the middle of the race, trying to win to get a cure for her brother, and be complaining about how she looks. She even goes so far as to stop on the way to the train station, which she only has one hour to get to, and pulls over to fix her makeup. Drove me crazy! Also, you can tell that she loved her Pandora. However, in some situations, she did not treat her Pandora as well as I thought she should. She looked out for herself first, and her Pandora second. In the jungle, she was being chased, and instead of picking up her Pandora and running, which would have made perfect sense, she runs, and leaves the Pandora behind. Her self centeredness in situations like that pissed me off. I hope she does some serious growing up in book two.
I did love the Pokemon-like aspect of Fire and Flood. It reminded me a lot of watching Pokemon when I was a kid. It brought back a lot of nostalgia and made me really happy. I don't want to spoil anything, but the things that some of the Pandoras can do... holy crap! It's so cool. I also really enjoyed all of the secondary characters. I liked most of their personalities, and they made up for Tella being the way she was. Just when I would count out one of the secondary characters, they would prove that they were worthy enough to be in the race.
I'm so excited to read the second book, Salt and Stone. I can't wait to see what happens in the final part of the race, especially after Guy's revelation at the end of the first book. I recommend Fire and Flood to anyone who likes a fast paced, edge of your seat adventure. I also recommend it for fans of Pokemon and The Hunger Games.
I give Fire and Flood: 3.5/5.
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I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.