Review of Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood #1) by Victoria Scott

Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: borrowed
Publication date: February 25th, 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genres & Themes: YA, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Survival, Trust, Romance, Adventure, Action.


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?



Fire & Flood is a VERY disappointing read. Of course, I’ve read some reviews and saw that many said it had a lot of similarities to The Hunger Games. I may be one of the few who thought that, but I didn’t mind that fact before picking it up. As long as it’s good and not 100% similar to that book. Fortunately, it’s not The Hunger Games all the way.

Tella is a normal teenager who just moved out to Montana with her family. She is loved by her parents but unfortunately, her brother is ill and she wants to save him desperately. When the chance of a lifetime presents itself to save her brother, she immediately takes it and decides to participate to the Brimstone Breed competition. Throughout that competition, she will meet some new friends and allies, make some enemies, fall in love and live a perilous adventure in the jungle and desert. Sounds not so bad, right? I would have thought the same thing at your place but, the thing is, this book was boring.

And repetitive. Before entering the competition, she has to choose an egg which contains a Pandora (animal with superpowers.) That element is quite interesting but, in fact, their superpowers are not amazing or breathtaking at all. Then, when she’s in the jungle, she decides to follow this unfriendly looking guy who looks as if he knows where he is going. And she sleeps not far from him. That is so careless. Tella is the kind of character that acts as if she didn’t care what people thought (in the annoying way) and does so many frustrating things that normal people would think about twice before doing them. Needless to say, I didn’t connect nor liked her. She can die in the sequels, I won’t give a care.

The story has potential but lacks of world-building, seriousness, depth, endearing characters, interesting challenges and purpose. Why Brimstone Breed is created is barely explained. I don’t get why there aren’t cameras following the Contenders. I mean, what’s the point of having this challenge if no one can see it? Maybe because that would mean a The The Hunger Games remake? Still, its purpose is basically vengeance and I think that’s a weak and mischievous one. Victoria Scott could have found a better one! Right?

I love animals, I do. I care about the animals presented in this book. But, there were so many! I simply got tired of them. They were really the center of attention and, I don’t know, I wanted more danger, perilous challenges and also, since we’re at it, less killing each other when it isn’t even mandatory!

The writing wasn’t bad. It was actually pretty fine and the pacing mostly fast so that made the reading easier. There really aren’t many negative things I could say about it. I would have appreciated if there were fewer sentences with purpose to make something look important and poignant. It was annoying and it’s like the author wanted to make the book deep and serious but it didn’t work because the main character doesn’t have the personality for. She laughs when it isn’t the time to and it just feels like they aren’t veritably in danger. I didn’t feel any stress or heart pounding during my reading, sadly, as I did in The Hunger Games.

Overall, I think some people would like this book, but I definitely don’t recommend it to everyone. Maybe give it a try if you haven’t read The Hunger Games, like competitions and like when there are (a lot of) animals in books.

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30 thoughts on “Review of Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood #1) by Victoria Scott

  1. Too bad you didn’t like this one. I actually did enjoy it, but I agree with a lot of the points you made. Victoria Scott has a way about her writing that can be hit or miss to a lot of people. Her Dante Walker series is like that for me. The first book was funny, but I found I didn’t quite care about the characters or where the series was going so I gave up on it. Fire and Flood felt a little more interesting but I agree that there wasn’t much danger or urgency presented. I enjoyed the characters though, so I felt with it. I’m actually pretty excited to see where the second book goes because I like the idea of the Brimstone Bleed and want to find out more about it. Nice review 🙂

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    • Uuuuugh, I actually replied to this comment but it just didn’t work. ugh ugh ugh.

      Okaaay, so I was saying that I will read the Dante series soon since I’ve heard quite some great things about it but too bad you didn’t feel connected to the characters. That’s the worst and I felt the same for this book. I’m glad you enjoyed it though. Thanks love! 😀


  2. I haven’t read this series yet, but I’ve read some pretty varying opinions. At least you gave it a chance and stuck it out. I, however, don’t think I will have the patience nor the time for a lacklustre copy-cat. *shrugs*


  3. When I read the blurb a while ago I actually thought this book was going to be great. Now there is so many negative reviews so I’m glad I didn’t buy it 🙂 I just don’t have time for annoying MC.


  4. I really wanted to read this one before it came out but then all the reviews for it basically said that it was only okay so it kind of dropped on my priority list. I do still plan on reading this one because I like the idea of Pandoras but am in no hurry to do so. Great review though, Lola.


  5. Well, that’s a bummer. I’ve seen review praising this book so I got excited too. But I haven’t add it to my TBR so now I am a little iffy. I am sort of sick with the Hunger Games comparison. Like duh, not every dystopian is THG or Divergent!! 😦 I get you though! MCs that are annoying and not very likable makes the book go downhill. Great review, Lola!


  6. I really quite enjoyed The Hunger Games, but I think I will have to stay away from reading this one because it sounds like it’s trying to be it and not living up to the standards and I would probably fall into the trap of comparing. And the MC sounds rather unloveable and that would make it difficult for me to read the book. Sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy this one greatly in the end!


  7. I had some issues with this one too — it just wasn’t my kind of book. I also thought the main character was too self-centered and wasn’t feeling the romance at all. But I know that a lot of people have loved it. That’s what makes talking about books so much fun — all the difference of opinion.


  8. Aw, I’m sorry Fire & Flood wasn’t your book, Lola. I actually enjoyed it as well, and had great fun reading about the Pandora’s, Brimestone Bleed, and lol – Tella’s growth. I can easily understand how some of her choices can fustrate the reader though. She does tend to drive you crazy at first. Glad you gave her a try, I’m curious what you would think of Dante Walker though … 😉


  9. I haven’t read anything by this author yet, but I have all the Dante Walker books and I’ll eventually get to them. I don’t think I’ll even try to read this book because it sounds like something that would infuriate me. Tella seems stupid and insipid and I wouldn’t have the patience to deal with her.

    I’ve read similar reviews so it’s better not to waste my time. Thanks for your honest review, Lola!

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  10. Hmm, We seem to have completely opposite views LOL! I actually didn’t like The Hunger games especially because of Katniss but I loved Fire & Flood and really liked Tella.


      • Yeah everyone thinks its crazy that I didn’t love Hunger games. I think its because I read so many dystopians before that I wasn’t into the world or characters. With that said I do really like the movies. Katniss felt like a more realistic character to me on the screen. That might just be Jennifer Lawerence though!

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      • I love that actress…but didn’t like the movie so much…didn’t even finish it. I thought it was nothing compared to the book. 😛 But THG was actually my first dystopian EVER, after The Selection but it hardly counts lol.


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