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?
And the Pandoras.
Seriously, I wish I could’ve brought myself to love FIRE AND FLOOD. From the excerpts I read of this book before I got it off of Netgalley, I seriously tbought it would be the perfect thing to tie me over until I finally got copies of the Dante Walker series. I didn’t think that the similarities to the Hunger Games would matter to me as much it did, but it definitely did.
You know, when someone says that a certain book is a cross between one book and another, I don’t actually want a cross. I want the author’s story. I want the so-called “cross” to be the very basis of the frame of the story, not the plotline.
There were so many things I loved and hated about FaF. For one thing, I could not stand the way it kept on sounding just like the Hunger Games. The dialogue, the plot itself, everything felt like it was straight from the book, with just a few minor adjustments here and there. Instead of a mockingjay, it’s a serpeant. Instead of Effie, it’s a random
And then there was Tella. There were moments where I thought for sure that I would enjoy her.
“It kills me to see Cody sick. And it doesn’t feel great ripping on him when what I want to do is ugly cry and beg him not to die. But he likes our back-and-forth. Says it makes him feel normal. So that’s what we do.”
There were so many times though, over and over again, that I just couldn’t relate to her or I would feel uncomfortable with her decisions or she just seemed utterly immature and juvenile to me. I wanted her to continue to be the person she was for a few brief pages in the beginning, show me more of what she could’ve evolved into.
Holding the box to my lips, I tell it, “You’re mine, precious. All mine.”
Oh please. She is not Golem. This is set in 2014, folks–and in Montana. Montana is not a cave where the water drips all over and sunshine never comes. Humans don’t become psychotic, obsessive, babbling little creatures without their tech.
Not only that, but after this mysterious little box tells her about the Brimstone Bleed, she thinks it’s a great idea to take off in the middle of the night in order to pursue a so-called cure for her brother. I mean–I get it. I get it. If your
sister brother is sick, and someone tells you that they might have a cure for it despite the fact that modern medicine says it’s impossible then it would make sense to freak out and be happy and want to go right away, right? Yes. But to act petty, selfish, uncaring and inconsiderate when it comes down to getting to the place you need to be when you need to be there, getting the stuff you need, telling people where you’re going, basically the whole shebang–Tella truly failed at being any kind of thumbs-up worthy heroine at that point.
I also hated the way Tella couldn’t do anything on her own–and it increasingly stupid and ludicrously smart at different points of the story. She has a “need” for makeup and is CONSTANTLY talking to herself. I didn’t feel connected to any of the other characters, other than Ransom. I definitely didn’t like Guy as much as I thought I would either.
The sole thing that saved this story was Tella’s Pandora.
Because Pokemon is awesome.
Would definitely recommend the Dante Walker series as opposed to this one.
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