Faith in Books: Fire and Flood


Fire and Flood

By Victoria Scott

Fire and Flood is a modern day teen adventure/romance that is of the Hunger Games variety. Scott has set this game into our current society and makes us wonder to what lengths we would go to save someone we loved. Although the book is slow at first, it picks up speed and action so that you will be left wanting the next book in the series.

Tella Holloway hates that her family had to move to the middle of nowhere because her brother is so sick. Then she receives an invitation to be a contender in something called the Brimstone Bleed. She might not have followed through if her father had not been so determined to keep her from it or that she herself is so determined to do something to help her brother live.

The Brimstone Bleed turns out to be a contest in which each contender is given an animal with special abilities to help them. Both are sent into four different eco systems. In this first novel, the two areas are jungle then the desert. Tella must find out how not just win but simply survive. Yet, she holds on hoping that what she does will save her brother. What she discovers is that there is more to the illness her brother suffers from and the whole concept of the Brimstone Bleed.

What did this book have to do with my faith? Do you live to win or live to help others? As a Christian, I am instructed to have a servant’s heart, to love others, to pray for my enemies, to go one step further when others ask me to do things I do not want to do and to follow Christ who died for my sake. Yet, many mornings I wake up with only one person who has my full attention and concern: me. Tella decides to become a contender and stay in the contest because of the love of her brother. She must overcome great obstacles in order to simply survive. If it weren’t for the help of others, she would never have lasted the first 24 hours. And by the end of the book, she makes the decision to help others, people and animals, over helping herself. Should I not do the same?

I highly recommend this book, especially if you are a Hunger Games fan.

Happy reading!




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?

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