Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Review: Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

Publisher: Scholastic Press | Release Date: 25th February 2014 | Genre: Ummm... | Series: Fire & Flood #1 | Read it in: 3 hours | Word Rating: Entertaining | Source: The Library | Pages: 305

16069167Time 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? Victoria Scott's breathtaking novel grabs readers by the throat and doesn't let go.

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After reading a lot of scathing reviews on Goodreads about Fire & Flood, I was reluctant to pick it up.  But when I saw it at my local library, I decided it couldn't hurt to give it a try.  Man oh, MAN!  I'm so glad I did!  While Fire & Flood had may flaws and things that annoyed me, Fire & Flood also had things that I really liked and enjoyed.

What I Liked:

1.  The writing.  Even though it was about a kind of serious topic, there was heaps of humour and every page was filled with wit which made it easier to overlook the similarities to The Hunger Games.

  2.  The Characters.  All of the characters were obviously well though over.  The only person I thought could've been made better, was Guy.  Guy was weird.  He changed his mind about things so many time during the book that my poor little brain couldn't keep up with him.  I LOVED Tella, though.  Not many other people did, because they though she was to girly and thought of herself to much.  Which I have to admit was kinda true, but I liked that Tella was girly, as I've read SO many books recently, where the protagonist is practically super human, so it made a nice change to read about a normal person shoved in a strange situation.  And, yes, she did think of herself a lot, but that changed as we got further into the book, as she grew up more and took more responsibility for herself and others.


What I Didn't Like:

1.  The similarities to The Hunger Games.  They were there.  And there were many.  Similar situations, similar characters, contenders wore gold pins...  I'll stop there.

2. The Plot.  THERE WAS LIKE NO PLOT!  This made me angry.  To me, plot is important and you should NEVER overlook it, which I felt Victoria Scott did.  It's like she focused all her energy on other stuff and forgot ENTIRELY about it.

3.  What Genre is it?  It starts in modern day, so it can't be dystpoia, not science-ficition ...and it doesn't fit the bill for fantasy either...so what is it?

A few other things annoyed me like:  How come they spent two weeks in the desert and jungle WITHOUT HARDLY ANYTHING TO EAT (unless you count snake, which I don't) and manage to walk everywhere just fine?????  AND how did during the whole quest, no one drank water that had bad stuff in it????  I mean, you'd think in a JUNGLE at least ONE pool of water would have something bad in it wouldn't you???

But in the end, even though I had a lot of problems with Fire & Flood,  the wit and snarky humour won me over.  It's a great book if you need a little pick me up, but not the read if you're looking for a 'deep' book.

Ella's Rating:

 4 Stars
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Has anyone else really enjoyed Fire & Flood?

6 comments :

  1. I haven't read this, only recently heard of it, and I think this is the first full-length review of it I have actually read! I don't think it sounds like my cup of literature, as it were, but despite the annoyances you had with it, I'm glad you found it to be overall a worthwhile read- the fact that the characters have such great humor, and snarky humor at that, sounds really good in this, and it's good that it made the faults less important. Great review, Ella! xx

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    1. I was surprised at how much I actually enjoyed Fire & Flood! I LOOOOVE snarky humour (especially as I'm full of it, haha) and this book had HEAPS!
      Also, good writing helps the faults not stand out as much, don't you think?

      I'm off now to stalk your blogs (which I should have done sooner, apologies)...see you soon! *tackle hugs*

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  2. Mm...looks like we have a lot of the same opinions about this, eh? ;) I agree that it had a lot of plot holes and I wasn't sold on the concept of the plot. It was just. Agh. Yeah...well, you know from my review! OH, but Guy + Tella was quite adorable. I so reading the sequel.

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    1. Guy + Tella were adorable, and I did like how it wasn't instalove...Guy continually changing his mind about what he wanted to do, just annoyed me...thankfully he got better later in the book. And GAH! I NEED THE SEQUEL NOW!

      Thanks for commenting, Cait!

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  3. Yes! This looks fabulous. Iv been hearing about this book left and right, so I should pick it up! Great review!

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    1. Reviews are mixed for this one :) I think it's either a book you loooooove, or HATE. I hope you're one of the adorers ;)

      Thanks for commenting! :D

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