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Early Review: Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

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Author: Victoria Scott

Genre: YA Dystopian

Series: Fire & Flood (Book 1)

Publication Date: February 25, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 320 Pages

ISBN-100545537460 (Scholastic Press)

ISBN-13: 978-0545537469 (Scholastic Press)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

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?

Quick & Dirty: Fast paced dystopian novel with a fun heroine, adventure, and adorable romance.  Any young adult dystopian fans will love this book.

Opening Sentence: If my hair gets any frizzier, I’ll shave it to the scalp.

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The Review:

Tella’s parents moved her to the middle of nowhere Montana almost a year ago because they were hoping the fresh air would help her very sick brother, Cody. Cody got sick a few years ago and no matter how many specialist they went to no one could ever figure out what was wrong with him. Tella misses her friends, the internet, her cell phone, but it is all worth it if it will help Cody.

Then one day there is a present left on Tella’s bed with an invitation to join the Breeders Bleed: a race through the jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain. The winner will get a cure that can heal any sickness. Tella will do anything to save her brother, but so will every other contender in the race. There is no guarantee that everyone will make it out of the race alive, and Tella will have to trust complete strangers if she wants to survive. As the race progresses Tella starts to question everything and what will really happen if she wins the race.

I completely adored Tella. She was really funny and had a very entertaining voice. Tella is a very prissy girl that is always conscious about what she looks like, but once she enters the race all that matters is getting the cure. She has a witty attitude that shines through when it is needed most and I just loved that about her. Even when her situation is dire she still manages to stay positive. Tella is full of compassion and is just one of those people that can lighten the mood by just being present. But she is also quite the trooper and doesn’t give up easily. I found her to be a wonderful heroine and I can’t wait to see what is in store for her in the next book.

Guy is one of the allies that Tella makes and suffice to say he is totally hot. With steel blue eyes, black spikey hair, and a sculptured body he is super sexy. At first he is very closed off and distant, but as time goes on he starts to open up. Underneath that hard exterior he is a very sweet guy and I instantly fell for him. His relationship with Tella was fun and cute to watch develop. The more I got to know him the more I liked him and I am excited to find out more about him in the sequel.

Fire & Flood was a great start to what I’m sure is going to be a wonderful series. There is adventure, danger, betrayal, and romance all blended into an intriguing story. The setting was very interesting and the pacing was perfect. It was action-packed the whole way through and there was never a dull moment. Even though the story was pretty intense it was also full of humor, which helped lighten the tone. Scott’s writing was captivating and easy to get lost in. The ending is satisfying, but it left me wanting more, and I am really excited to see where the story goes next. Suffice to say this was a great read and I think any fans of YA Dystopian will really love it. It actually reminded me a little bit of the Hunger Games and I think that fans of that will really enjoy this book.

Notable Scene:

But when I look up, there is only one person.

My heart stops.

The guy looking down at me is very tall, or maybe he just seems so because I’m still on the ground. He appears to be about my age, though the broad width of his shoulders tells me he may actually be a couple of years older. His eyes are blue. Not in the way that makes me buckle at the knees and start naming our children, but the kind of blue that makes my breath catch. A cold, hard blue that looks more like a statement than a color–one that says, “Back the fuck off.”

His hair is so dark, it looks like wet ink, and is spiked around his scalp in soft tufts. He has a strong jawline, and right now that jaw is clenched so tightly, I’m afraid this guy is about to kick me when I’m down.

Fire & Flood Series:

1. Fire & Flood (February 25, 2014)

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FTC Advisory: Scholastic Press provided me with a copy of Fire & Flood. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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