Series: Fire & Flood #2
Genre: Dystopian, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Published by Scholastic Press (2.24.2015)
Hardcover, 320 pages
In Fire & Flood, Tella Holloway faced a dangerous trek through the jungle and across the desert, all to remain a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed for a chance at obtaining the Cure for her brother. She can't quit--she has to win the race, save Cody, and then fight to make sure the race stops before it can claim any more lives. In the next legs of the race, across the ocean and over mountains, Tella will face frostbite, sharks, avalanche, and twisted new rules in the race.
But what if the danger is deeper than that? How do you know who to trust when everyone's keeping secrets? What do you do when the person you'd relied on most suddenly isn't there for support? How do you weigh one life against another?
The race is coming to an end, and Tella is running out of time, resources, and strength. At the start of the race there were one hundred twenty-two Contenders. As Tella and her remaining friends start the final part of the race, just forty-one are left--and only one can win.
Whew, that was intense! It’s kind of like the Hunger Games – you should know better than to get attached to anyone cuz PEOPLE DIE. I mean, that was completely realistic though, because they’re fighting for their lives. I kind of liked that aspect. But sometimes it was still unexpected!
MADOX. I still freaking looove Madox! I want him to be mine, all mine! He is definitely still the best part of this story. Also, I totally love that Tella was collecting Pandoras. View Spoiler »And that they all rallied to defend her! « Hide Spoiler Adorable!
The only complaint I have is that my emotional connection to this book was fairly low. I probably should have cared more when a few of the characters died, but I felt basically nothing. View Spoiler »The only death that got to me was Oz! « Hide Spoiler The only time I felt anything was when it involved Madox. (I was totally worried that something was going to happen to him and was biting my nails in a few parts!)
While I enjoyed the sequel, I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as I did the first book. Somewhere along the way, it lost a little bit of that magic. But I’m still dying to see how the series ends!
Writing Style: 4/5
World Building: 4/5
Overall rating: 4/5