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review 2015-05-28 01:59
Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott
Fire & Flood - Victoria Scott

Time is slipping away....

 

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?




When I first bought the book, I was so confused by the size. The paperback version is so tiny I had to google it to make sure there was nothing wrong with it. In doing so, I ended up seeing quite a few people who didn't like this book. I didn't actually read any of those reviews because I don't like to have someone else's opinion in my head when I go into a new book. Going into this book, I knew quite a few people had mixed feelings on this, but I still wanted to read this because I personally really liked Victoria Scott's other series.


I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I liked it a whole lot more than I thought I would. There were some minor issues I had, but they weren't even that bad. I could see where other people would have even more issues, but I'm not super nitpicky with things. I mean I am with certain things, but not to the point as professional reviewers because I'm obviously not one.


A lot of people were comparing this to The Hunger Games, which there are similar things in this book that are in THG (the actual reason for the race being a thing, the contestants are dropped in the middle of nowhere and have to survive, it's a race to the finish and only one can live, and they have to wear a pin throughout the whole race). There was probably more similarities but I don't actually like THG so I didn't care to "compare" them and I'm not going to.


First off, it's not as brutal as THG. The competitors aren't killing each other off (for the most part anyway) and it's not a total dystopian setting. THG is about people being forced into an arena to kill each other because of the effed up government and crap that happened in the past. That's not really the case with this book because Tella (the main character) is technically given a choice to do this to save her brother.


They're two different book series that are in categories of their own. I wouldn't compare the two at all. People need to get it out of their heads that they're going to be reading a HG rip off because it's not like that at all. At least, to me it wasn't.


When I first started the book, I thought it was a bit too fast paced. The book gets started within the first 20 pages. Everything happened really fast. Tella gets the invite, obsesses over it, then leaves in the middle of night to god know's where because of the thought that she could cure her brother if she wins the race. But then I know that if I (in some twisted universe) were stuck in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do and my brother was sick, I'd jump at the chance of him being cured.


After the beginning, the pacing was much better. It didn't slow down, but the first two quarters of the race were dragged out (in a good way) where plot development happens and Tella's character development.


I did have a minor issue with Tella however. I liked her as a main character. She was funny with her self-deprecating kind of humor and the things she thought. However, for a majority of the book, she was utterly useless. It's expected of someone who grew up in a big city. My survivor skills? Negative ten. But she literally had to rely on everyone else for a majority of the book. In a way it was almost admirable how even though she knew absolutely nothing of what she was doing, she did it anyway. She was able to survive the jungle despite knowing squat of how to do it. (Also, I've noticed a trend with books lately. Despite the female being the main character, she has to rely on her male partner for everything because she's useless and can't do s***.) The one thing that bothered me about her was how vain she was. She kept thinking about how she looked and how badly she needed makeup to make herself pretty. After a while she stopped because hellllooo you're in the middle of the jungle and the way you look should be the last thing on your mind.

 

One thing people said that this was an instalove romance, which I cannot deal with it. Anything with instalove I stay far away from. That made me a bit wary also to read this but surprisingly, I didn't think this was like that at all, however, I wasn't a fan of the romance. It didn't really play a major part in the story, but even so it could have been developed more. We get to see what Tella thinks of Guy (yep, that's the love interest's name) but since it's a first person narrative, we don't get to see what Guy's thinking. I think he could have been developed (how many times am I going to say that word?) more but there isn't much room for other characters to do so when a story is told in first person. The romance didn't really fit, but it wasn't even that big of a deal to me. It was just okay, that's happening, nothing to go crazy about.

 

In the end, I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced, easy to follow, and I just kept wanting more.

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text 2015-04-30 03:43
Reading progress update: I've read 180 out of 304 pages.
Fire & Flood - Victoria Scott

when i unboxed this, i was a bit hesitant because the paperback version is so tiny. is it supposed to be so small

 

on another note, im liking it so far! 

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review 2014-04-21 15:31
Fire and Flood (Fire and Flood #1)
Fire & Flood - Victoria Scott

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?

 

 

 

After reading and loving Victoria Scott's Dante Walker series I couldn't wait to read her new series. Add to the fact that it's dystopia and I have an unreal love for dystopia series I was so anxious to get started on this series. Fire and Flood has a good storyline and is a great addition to the dystopia genre.

All Tella wants is to go back to how it used to be. After her brother got sick and the doctor's couldn't determine what was wrong with him their whole lives were uprooted and moved to Montana. Tella, more than anything, wants her brother to get better. So when she is given the chance to fight in the Brimstone Bleed Tella is determined to fight and win. Her prize? The cure for her brother. But only one person can win and their is no guarantee that she will survive the race in the first place.

I have such conflicted feelings for this book. I couldn't wait to read it. It sounded like such an awesome book and completely my kind of book. With it being a YA Dystopia novel comparisons to The Hunger Games were bound to happen. I can usually bypass that and see the books as they are on their own... but with this one there is just too much that is completely similar that it's hard to look past it and look for the originality. Tella enters a competition that is a fight to the death to save her brother and some of the competitors start to band together to increase their chances of survival. It's just too similar for comfort with me.

Add this to the fact that I completely and utterly hated Tella. One of my biggest problems with novels is if I don't like the characters then I can't stand the book for the most chance. Tella may be doing the Brimstone Bleed for good and selfless reasons but she is selfish, vain and just completely unlikable to me. Especiall when she started saying how she could have been friends with a girl if she didn't want to kill he because she was beautiful and looked good. Seriously... kill me now!

Fire and Flood was such a tough read for me but it had one majorly redeeming quality... there is one aspect which is totally realistic. Enter the Pandoras. Pandoras are eggs that hatch into an animal that can have magical powers and cannot. I loved this part of the book. It's so original and it was this part of it that really had me keeping reading. I have to be honest that if it wasn't for this part of the book I probably would have DNF'd it.

Fire and Flood is a good storyline and it's jampacked full of action and romance. If you love your Hunger Games eske novels with a new unique aspect and can look away from lots of similarities this is the book for you. I still adore Victoria Scott and her writing is so talented and is an amazing author but this book is just not for me. I am unsure whether I will read book 2 or not.

 

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review 2014-03-14 17:09
Mini Review Round-up: Panic - Lauren Oliver, Fire and Flood - Victoria Scott, The Shadow Prince - Bree Depain, and The Crane Wife - Patrick Ness

My mini review round up: Panic by Lauren Oliver, a young adult action-filled contemporary published by Harper in 2014; Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott, a young adult "The Hunger Games" meets "The Amazing Race" novel published by Scholastic; The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain, a young adult urban fantasy take on the Hades/Persephone and Orpheus/Eurydice myths published by Egmont; and The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness, a literary adult retelling of a classic Japanese fairy tale published by Penguin.

 

I'd post the reviews here, but since it's four of them, I'm just going to link back to my blog.

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review 2014-03-09 00:00
Fire and Flood
Fire & Flood - Victoria Scott Read more of my reviews at Under The Mountain

Fire and Flood opens with a typical family scene - Tella's mad at her curly hair and blaming her parent's genes for it and arguing with her brother. Except Tella's life isn't normal. Her brother is sick, dying and no-one can save him. Except Tella. Tella receives a small blue box on her bed, in it a device that invites her to the Brimstone Bleed with a promise that if she wins, she will win a cure to any disease. It's when she gets this message that her parents start acting very oddly, in particular her father who tries to burn the device secretly but to no avail, and Tella grabs it back. Unsure if she's just going crazy, she's gets in her old beat up car and sets off to the first stop in the Brimstone Bleed race.

Fire and Flood does feel like a few different books and things - the main thing I was strongly reminded of, surprisingly, was an almost-dystopian... Pokemon. No, really. The competitor gets an egg, it hatches and follows her around and listens to their commands. Not to mention they all have some freaky powers. Plus, some competitors are stealing other people's Pandoras or taking the dead competitors Pandoras.

The first thing I noticed about Tella was her impulsiveness. As soon as she tries to grab a Pandora, a giant egg, another Competitor grabs her hair and yanks her back, so naturally a little later she simply cuts most of her hair short without a moments thought. She's also very, very funny - in the most dire of situations, such as a lion attack in a jungle, all she can think of was that lions aren't supposed to be in jungles. Priorities girl. It was interesting to see someone unused to these harsh ecosystems and battling their way through it, often we have tougher heroines who now what they are doing and Tella did exactly what I would do - followed someone else! Other than Tella, there's some very varied and interesting personalities in this book that I loved getting to know and I was sad when they left.

I did feel sorry for the many Pandoras though. Everyone kept the eggs as safe as possible - until they hatched into various different creatures and while Tella named hers and protected it, others took a lot longer to connect with them and realise that they have feelings and personalities too and some people never understood that and treated them particularly cruelly.

I'm really excited about where the sequels will take us, the rules for getting into base camp are probably going to get tougher and I'm definitely expecting a Battle Royale rule in there at some point. I' hopeful that the race will finish in the next book and the third one will take us to after the Brimstone Bleed, as I believe that there are things that were revealed in the book that can only addressed outside of the race.

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