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.
Has anyone else really enjoyed Fire & Flood?