A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother's life—and her own. 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?
I never expected to be so blown away by Fire and Flood despite the early hype saying that it is the next The Hunger Games. And although it lacks the grittiness and the war torn setting of that well known book, I'm glad to say that the adrenaline rush in this one makes it quite hard to resist. And compared to Katniss, Tella is a much more likeable character for me what with her naivety and her willingness to make friends much more easily. She's definitely the underdog in this race without prior knowledge of what's going on and any apparent ability or talent. (Unlike that bow slinging Katniss). " I was always the girl who'd rather cheer from the sidelines than participate in something that'd make her sweat. I'm not a softball star or a volleyball champion or someone who knows her way around a basketball court. But I can run like the wind." Rather than listing all the similarities between these two books, let me just pointed out why I like this book so much. 1. There's plenty of kick-ass chicks in this one. Tella; the main character is certainly severely outshine by Harper that beautiful killing machine. 2. Every Contender gets a Pandora which is a genetically enhanced animal created to help them in the Brimstone Bleed. And each animal has some kind of powers. There's a lion who can breath fire. So cool! 3. Instead of going alone through the race, our girl; Tella decides to team up with some highly unusual characters. But they work as a team. I love them. 4. Tella's Pandora fox is amazing!
5. I did not see that twists in the story when it ends. Wow, talk about some explosive revelations!
However, the instant love between Tella and Guy just really confused me. I just feels as if their romance just come out of nowhere? And Dink's obsession with Tella is just super creepy. And as much as I like how the author explains the origins of the Brimstone Bleed, I JUST WANTED MORE and I don't think it's good enough reason for someone to go through all this trouble of creating a race just to exact revenge.