SciFi Book Review: Fire & Flood

Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

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?

Tella joins a Hunger Games-like race where the ultimate prize is a cure for her brother. Though, as opposed to Hunger Games, this isn’t kids killing kids. It’s a game of survival across the different ecosystems. There is, of course, a big secret behind the game too – that answers why they’re holding back the cure for just one winner.

Fire & Flood is first in an exciting, science fiction adventure series. Packed with danger, suspense, mystery, drama, and a bit of romance – this is another dystopia I wholeheartedly recommend to fans of the Hunger Games and Maze Runner. With vivid characters and fast-paced action – this novel is impossible to put down. And a mild cliffhanger ending will leave readers impatient for the sequel.