Fire & Flood

Fire & Flood

Fire & Flood

by Victoria Scott

Series: "Fire & Flood" #1
Genre: YA Science-Fiction
Published: February 25th 2014
by Scholastic




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?


There were some points in Fire & Flood in which I was jumping up and down in excitement, completely engrossed in the story. Then there were others where I almost wanted to throw the book down in frustration – mostly at the main character.

Tella Holloway is desperate. Her brother has a terrible illness, and dozens of doctors can’t determine what’s wrong. Until one day she gets a message:

If you’re hearing this message, you are invited to be a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. The Brimstone Bleed will last a span of three months and will take place across four ecosystems: desert, sea, mountains, jungle. The winning prize will be the Cure – a remedy for any illness, for any single person.

There can only be one winner.

With no way to decline the request, Tella heads out into the race to try to secure the Cure for her brother – with no guarantee she – or any of the other Contenders – will even survive.

But one thing’s not right: Why is everyone getting sick in the first place?

My main problem with the story was the main character Tella. She had quite a bit of spunk and zest, but there were snippets throughout the course of the story that portrayed her as being quite annoying.

On the other hand, I could go for martyr-who-will-never-let-it-go. I could shove it in Cody’s face every chance I got. I’d be like, Hey, Cody, enjoying that doughnut? You wouldn’t be if I hadn’t saved your ass. And, Hey, Cody, nice wedding you’re having here. You know what you’d be doing today if I hadn’t saved you? Not getting married.


There’s a scene where the people in charge of the game give each contestant and orange pack right before they throw them into the first leg of the race – the dangerous jungle – and Tella’s thoughts are that:

I pray that the orange pack I’m wearing holds Chanel makeup. And a brush. And a mirror.

Makeup over survival supplies…really Tella?

Despite my rough relationship with Tella, I did find the book thoroughly entertaining. This is a survival tale above all else, and Scott never lets you forget it. You’ll find yourself on the edge of your seat as you try to figure out what happens next; and the mystery of why all these people are getting sick in the first place makes you want to flip the pages as fast as possible.

I am certainly interested in seeing what Scott has to offer in the sequel.


22 thoughts on “Fire & Flood

  1. Aaaaaaah!! I so want to read this book as soon as possible! I just cannot wait! With the excerpts and reviews like yours I’m biting my nails here! Thanks so much for the giveaway opportunity though!

    1. It’s SOOO good! <3 Hope you end up enjoying it as much as I did! Hang in there...February's almost here! 😉 Good luck on the giveaway and thanks for stopping by!

  2. I haven’t read any reviews for this one yet…eeeek! I’m excited for it now! I LOVE jungle stuff. (I used to live in a rainforest. Mm. Homey.) I’m particularly admiring that little purple pony GIF too, by the way. I feel like that sums up me reading… XD

    1. YEAH! Glad it sounds like something you’d enjoy! (I have a feeling you’ll LOVE it Cait! It’s kind of like Hunger Games – minus the killing other people part – plus a little thriller aspect!)
      LOL… 😉

  3. I want to read this book so bad its not even fun anymore! I sent out a review request but haven’t heard from the publishing house yet *frustrations*
    I want to win so damn bad haha!
    Great Giveaway!

    1. Ugh…I hate when that happens! 🙁 Hopefully they’ll respond soon!
      Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the giveaway! 😀

      1. I hope they respond soon as well! Especially if I don’t win this giveaway haha.
        Nah, just kidding. I’d love it if I win, but unfortunately my luck in giveaways isn’t really good 😉
        I still love that you’re doing a giveaway, gives me the opportunity to at least try lol!

    1. Thanks Eileen! So glad it sounds like something you’d enjoy! I’ll definitely be on the lookout for your review! 😀 Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Lol I am glad I’m not the only one who isn’t a big fan of Tris! 😛 The mc in this sounds great and story itself wow, I am already sold! Fab review, Zoe. 🙂

    1. Thank you Renu!
      YEAH! I’m so glad this sounds like something up your alley! I’ll definitely be on the lookout for your review!
      Thanks for stopping by! 😀

  5. Wow, great review! I am salivating for the book now 😀 The cover and synopsis are so intriguing. I’m glad you said the book is addicting. I love books that immerse me into the world and action so well that I don’t want to do anything but read!!! Also, it sounds like the characters are amazing!

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway 🙂

    1. Thanks Emily Ann! So glad this sounds like something up your alley! 🙂 I’m the same way regarding loving books that suck me in, and Fire & Flood definitely succeeds in that regard! And yes…the characters are fantabulous! (So good – in fact – that I have to mix “fantastic” and “fabulous” together! 😉 )

      Good luck on the giveaway and thanks for stopping by! 😀

  6. Hee, I’d love my own Pandora too! That was probably my favourite aspect of the book. I’m happy that Fire and Flood worked much better for you, Zoe. I look forward to seeing what you think of the next book! 🙂

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