Series: Fire and Flood, #1
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Release Date: March 6, 2014
Genres: Action, Science Fiction, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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's brother is dying.
He's got cancer, and Tella is helpless to save him. Or so she thought. When an invitation arrives for Tella to compete in the Brimstone Bleed, a deadly competition that will lead her through treacherous jungle and scorching desert, she doesn't think twice. Because the prize is a cure to any illness. But Tella will be facing more than just the elements.
After the endless praise and fangirling for the Dante Walker series, I was hoping Fire & Flood would deliver correspondingly. Instead, I got a cheap version of The Hunger Games with a dash of Pokemon.
No second thoughts aside, Fire & Flood was lacking originality. We got a pin, an Effie-replica, a rush to the Cornucopia (but this time for eggs). The main character’s motive to enter the game was to save her sibling, the competitors were thrown into an unknown environment and there will be only one winner. There’s even this:
“I’d like to officially welcome you to the Brimstone Bleed. May the bravest Contender win.”
However it wasn’t just the glaringly alike symbols and characters that put me off. The biggest party-pooper was the main character. To put it candidly, Tella is vain and every other synonym for stupid. When she finds a mysterious device that gives her instructions, she listens to it. She doesn’t care about if it’s just a prank or could lead her to danger, she listens to it because it just seems right–even though her parents tried to burn the device. Then she leaves her home without informing her parents. Well, aren’t you just the most considerate and brightest kid! Then, in the race, she frets about her appearance and not taking makeup with her. GIRL. YOU NEED FOOD AND SHELTER. NOT MAKEUP. *rips face apart in frustration*
The last girl I see, I want to strangle. […] I can’t see her eyes from here, but I’m sure they’re some kind of stunning shade of blue. She has cream-colored skin and a body that belongs in a magazine–the kind for guys, not girls. I hate her with everything I have as she laughs her perfect laugh and tosses her perfect hair and crosses her to-die-for legs. […] We could be friends, I realise, if I weren’t so overwhelmed with the urge to end her.
*rips out organs* That quote speaks for itself.
I can’t even talk about the romance. It was disastrous and pointless and ridiculous on so many levels. There wasn’t instant love, but the love interest was so unappealing, like the main character. Was Fire & Flood written by the same author as Dante Walker? Because I’m struggling to believe it.
I can say nothing positive about the world building. What is there to say where there was barely much of it? We got a few basic facts, but I wanted to know more. More, in order to understand Tella’s world and actually become engrossed into the book. Instead, I was standing on the sidelines, only seeing half of what could have been an amazing and unique world.
The only thing that made Fire & Flood bearable were the Pandoras. I found them to be rather interesting and a lot of fun to learn about. Putting it simply, they are animal companions that hatch out of the eggs and have special abilities, they help the competitors during the competition and each and every one of them are unique.
To sum up, Fire & Flood was a huge disappointment. Originality is one thing, but unlikable and weakly developed characters just were enough.
~Thank you Scholastic Australia for sending me this copy!~
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