Thursday, July 25, 2013
Lush on Thursday
Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Published by: Scholastic Press
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 the middle of nowhere 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?
Victoria Scott's electrifying novel grabs readers by the throat and doesn't let go.
First off, can we just admire the font on that cover? *drools* Seriously awesome typography there. Bold and beautiful and great coloring. I have no idea what's up with that burning feather, but everything else? Oh, yeah, I'm so ready for this.
Now I know what you're thinking: this book sounds a lot like The Hunger Games. It does, and it was actually sold to the same marketing team that worked on THG. There's not a whole lot of information out there yet about the book, but the fact that the same team is working on this book does make me happy. The book will get lots of attention, and even better, it probably also went through a lot of revision/editing stages. Plus, I've heard a lot of good things about Victoria Scott's Dante Walker series.
And looking at the synopsis... jungle/desert/ocean/mountain races (that name--the Brimstone Bleed!)... genetically engineered animal companion... fast-paced thriller (clock is ticking)... familial importance... mystery sickness... This sounds like a lot of fun. Since Scholastic has taken on some great, big titles that I love (HP, duh, and The Raven Boys), Fire & Flood is definitely one of the great 2014 titles to anticipate.
What are you hoping to read soon? Is there a book you think I should read ASAP? Something you've read recently that you lovelovelove? Have you read Fire & Flood/