Author: Victoria Scott
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Summary: Tella’s parents have moved the family to Montana hoping the fresh air will help Cody, Tella’s brother who has a mysterious disease that the doctors can’t cure. She’s bored and misses her friends and the modern conveniences of her life in Boston, but one night, that changes when Tella is invited to compete in the Brimstone Bleed, a race where one winner will get the cure for one person. Fire & Flood follows Tella and her chosen Pandora (an animal who helps protect and give assistance) through the first two stages of the race: jungle and desert. Tella makes friends and enemies and finds a strength in herself that she never dreamed she had.
Review: I liked this book a lot. It reminded me of a few other YA dystopian novels I’ve read, but I also found it original in the way it was put together, and I loved the characters, especially Tella’s Pandora, Madox. Yes, I loved the little fox, and I want one. I also really enjoyed the way the story was put together. The author definitely keeps you guessing, and even at the end of this book, I have so many questions about the race and the stages, and the people involved. I can’t wait to read the next book; I just can’t believe I’m going to have to wait more than a year for it!
Rating: 4 stars