Review: Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott

"One of the most enjoyable books I've read, it reminded me so much of my childhood."

Title: Fire and Flood
Author: Victoria Scott
Genre: Dystopian/Survival
Publisher: Chicken House
Published: March 6th 2013
Page Number: 366


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.


I must admit that when I read the synopsis I did think it seemed a little to similar to The Hungers Games, but the actual difference is that I enjoyed this so much, while I (sadly) hated The Hunger Games.

I ordered this on a whim and started it the night it arrived out of curiosity. Once I started I could not stop....until I had to fall asleep. One of the unique things about this book is that the characters are flawed, they're not all perfect and ready made for the games. Tella was an absolute joy to read from and her curiosity towards everything really made her relatable, especially to me, since I don't always trust everyone and their actions.

Fire and Flood did surprise me. One minute I was reading about this town she was living in and the next I was transported to the weird world of the Games. So many process' and so many twists, when she had to choose her Pandora and all those people came out I let out a little shout of "Kill a bitch!" and that's never a good sign. The good thing is Tella did not, she was kind of scared.

When you're reading a book like Fire and Flood, you never want it to end. I took my time while reading this book, because it was so much fun. The Pandora's reminded me of watching Pokémon as a child and I guess that's why when Tella tried to protect Madox, I smiled. Their bond was beautiful and when it was revealed as to what he could do I was in utter shock. I'm pretty sure I was Tella at that exact moment. It was like seeing a baby all grown up.

What I liked so much about this book is that it may be a Dystopian, but it read like a contemporary. There were guy problems, friend problems, sleeping problems - literally. Ants. Big Ants! - and general murder problems.

No joke!

If you attend the Games then you've basically been signed up to be murdered.

It's a bloody battle. You're all out to win the cure, so you can make friends, but be prepared to be stabbed in the back...or stab someone in the back (not literally).

I'm not sure what is going to happen in the sequel, but I cannot wait to get my hands on it when it comes out. I need to know what's going to happen with Guy and Tella, but I also need to know who's going to win.

Overall, I can definitely say that I loved this book. It's four star worthy. So pick it up, read and then devour it because it's going to consume you whole.

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