Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott
Fire & Flood Duology #1
Published by Scholastic Press on February 25, 2014
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 the middle of nowhere 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?
I got asked by the publisher if I wouldn´t be interested in reading the second book and since I try to avoid jumping into a series, duology, trilogy etc. in the middle without knowing the books that were published before (it just gives you a better picture of the entire development of characters, the plot etc) I went to my library to see if they had it – and what can I say?
It was there and so I took it home. So I started reading and was, to my utter surprise, very haunted. And the old saying; never judge a book by its cover, kicked right in.
It is actually very stunning to see, how Tella acts and thinks. Her thoughts are full of great compares to things she knows from her daily life. And what she feels and has in her mind when it comes to Guy is no exception. She is driven to win this murderous race to get the Cure for her sick brother and he seems the only chance for her, to achieve that goal. He knows everything about how to survive the jungle or what to do in the desert. Sometimes I thought why is she depending so much on him? He is a competitor after all and her growing feelings for him are fantastic, but the timing isn´t good.
So if you´re looking for a book that brings you action, love, the meaning of friendship and what you can achieve with your own strength and will – then this is your book!