Instead of my usual Reader/Writer Confessions post, I’m posting a book review. I’m horribly behind on book reviews…!
Title: Fire & Flood
Author: Victoria Scott
Format/Length: Paperback/366 pages
Publisher/Date Published: Chicken House/March 6th 2014
Category/Genre: Young Adult/Adventure-Science Fiction
Description: Tella’s brother is dying. He’s got cancer, and Tella is helpless to save him. Or so she thought. When an invitation arrives for Tella to compete in the Brimstone Bleed, a deadly competition that will lead her through treacherous jungle and scorching desert, she doesn’t think twice. Because the prize is a cure to any illness. But Tella will be facing more than just the elements.
3/5 stars –
games contest begin!
Sorry. Just had to get that out of my system, because, simply put, this novel was very similar to The Hunger Games, but switch that for a less dystopian society — and BAM! You have Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott.
Don’t get me wrong — I really did enjoy this novel.
I loved the adventure-y feel of it as Tella and her Pandora travelled through different climates — first the jungle and then the desert — in order to reach the elusive Cure first, so she could heal her dying brother. How noble of her! She was a fairly likeable character, though — full of spunk and sarcasm and witty dialogue and internal thought that was just all round enjoyable to read. And I also admired her courage: I’m not sure I would have the bravery to enter a competition like that in order to save a loved one. I know. I’m weak.
Also? I just realized that Elizabeth Banks played Sal in Modern Family. I HAD NO IDEA UNTIL NOW.
Back to the review, though. One of the most positive things I have to say about Fire & Flood was that it was never boring. I didn’t feel myself wanting to skim the paragraphs, or to get to something more interesting; there was conflict between characters and plots, and also, there were Pandoras.
What’s a Pandora, did you ask?
A Pandora was the pet animal that hatched from their egg in the beginning. They possessed special abilities that helped them through the course. Ram, elephant, bear, lion — you name it, and it was probably in there. So what’s Tella’s Pandora? Well, you’re just going to have to read it to find out, aren’t you? But really, I loved the idea of the Pandoras. (Hint: It’s not one of the ones listed above…)
The story fell flat in the romance department.
So first off, the love interest’s name is a guy named Guy. I’m sorry to say this, and I mean no offence to anyone named Guy… but really!? GUY?! This name has always, always bothered me. It’s like calling someone Boy. “Hey, Boy, whatcha doing today?” Weird. Oh, and he had these piercing blue eyes and rock-hard abs, which somehow, he managed to sustain without food. Hmm. I wish there had been a better build up of the Tella and Guy’s romance.
So to round it all up, I enjoyed this novel, and I will definitely read its sequel Salt & Stone. And I also really want a Pandora.