Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott
In FIRE & FLOOD, Tella Holloway faced a dangerous trek through the jungle and a terrifying march 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 stop – and in SALT & STONE, Tella will have to face the unseen dangers of the ocean, the breathless cold of a mountain, 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 beginning of the race there were one hundred twenty-two Contenders. As Tella and her remaining friends start the fourth and final part of the race, just forty-one are left . . . and only one can win.
Tella has made it halfway through the Brimstone Bleed, with only two more legs of the race to go. She has formed a team of trusted companions. But only one of them can win. And each of them wants to save their loved one from certain death.
Salt & Stone is the second installment in the Fire & Flood Series. As before, this dystopia is reminiscent of The Hunger Games, yet with a unique twist. And it’s a race, rather than battle to the death. Except for one scene that I wanted to skip altogether (animal-lovers beware.), that I do have to admit skimming through as the author has made these characters so vivid and innocent that it was easy to get emotionally involved. It’s heart-wrenching and dramatic. The story is fast-paced, thrilling and full of twists and surprises. The next in the series can’t come soon enough.