Publication Date: Feb. 24, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
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.
Victoria Scott is now on my must read author’s list for YA. These two books have blown away ANY expectation I’ve had in regards to these books. Both times I was floored by her writing and how she navigated my feelings and emotions through this adventure. Honestly, I don’t think there is anything about this book that I didn’t like or that I would change. It was just, perfect.
We follow Tella and the rest of her contender friends from the first leg of the race in book one as they move forward with their plans and with winning the race. Regardless that all of them have someone to save they are willing to help each other out in surviving the race/game set for them by the Creators. The last leg of the race is for the contenders to cross water and snow and it’s awesome, tragic, edge of your seat kind-of-crazy.
What I loved about this book is that it is so real, raw, heart wrenching, funny, heart warming, frightening and all of the other adjectives that make a book unforgettable.
I loved the romance in this, why? because it’s not “insta-love” it’s not a “bad” boy who treats a girl terribly, it’s about 2 people with struggles in regards to everything happening around them and their desires, they can’t deny their feelings for each other but it’s a slow process and it’s wonderful to read. It was just awesome.
We have brooding Guy continuing to be himself from book one and his character development is slow and subtle and perfect. Tella’s character development was so fun to read, the author was able to develop her character without loosing sight of the original Tella character that we all connected with in book one.
With all the harshness of everything going on in this race of life or death the humor was a great relief and so cute it was wonderful.
There isn’t too much I want to say in case I spoil it along with those who haven’t had a chance to read book one. GO! READ IT!
Overall: This series is a must own. Because it’s an adventure you won’t be able to put down.
Sexual Content: moderate (PG- some kissing)
Language: moderate (1 F word, and a few other choice words)
Violence: moderate (animals fighting each other, near death experiences)