Tella’s brother is sick. Dying. The doctor’s don’t know what’s wrong with him. Her parents have moved them to the middle-of-nowhere Montana. It doesn’t seem like things could get worse. When a mysterious blue box appears on her bed, Tella thinks it’s from her parents; a gift to make up for taking her away from everything she’s ever known.
Tella has been invited to join the Brimstone Bleed, an epic race whose price is the Cure, something that could actually save her brother’s life. With the help of her Pandora companion and friends she makes along the way, she must navigate lush jungle and barren desert. And it’s not just nature that could kill her–there are people out to get her as well.
Fire & Flood will face ineveitable comparisons to The Hunger Games, but it is very much its own story. In many ways this story is more similar to the Harry Potter series, with fantastical things happening right under the surface of the “normal” world. That said, this story will appeal to fans of The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner and other dystopian stories, as well as to readers who enjoy wilderness survival and adventure stories.
Recommended for grades 8 and up — Some language, violence, and there are implications that Tella feels sexually threatened by another character.
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