Book Review: Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

Instead of my usual Reader/Writer Confessions post, I’m posting a book review. I’m horribly behind on book reviews…!

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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

Source: Library

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 –

★★★☆☆

Let the 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.

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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.

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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.

Have you read Fire & Flood? What did you think of it? And I have to ask . . . am I alone in not liking the name Guy?!

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6 thoughts on “Book Review: Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

  1. OH MY GOSH THAT GIF. I AM LAUGHING SO HARD. Okay, the main reason I want to read this book is because of the Pandoras, let’s be honest. Although it’s slightly sad that they don’t talk (like they do in His Dark Materials). Talking Pandoras would have been cool. I’ve heard that Tessa’s an annoying character sometimes, and with the flat romance, I don’t think the Pandoras are enough to make me want to read it :(

  2. Ah, yes, I hated the romance and the way that it was so similar to The Hunger Games. Also, the plot was very…info-dumpy toward the end with Guy explaining his place in the games/contest. The world-building was a bit shady as well. OH, well. I still enjoyed this, and I honestly don’t even know why. Tella was hella annoying and a useless survivalist, but I still liked the story around her. I didn’t hate her, but whatever. I think I gave it 3 stars as well. Great review! :D

  3. Haha that gif! Anyway, I wasn’t a fan of this book because it was pretty much a replication of THG and the romance, ugh, I totally agree. I didn’t dig it at all and what’s with the name? God.

    Lovely review! <33

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