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Salt & Stone
Author: Victoria Scott
Pub. Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
What would you do to save someone you love?
In Fire & Flood, Tella Holloway faced a dangerous trek through the jungle and across the desert, all to remain a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed for a chance at obtaining the Cure for her brother. She can't quit--she has to win the race, save Cody, and then fight to make sure the race stops before it can claim any more lives. In the next legs of the race, across the ocean and over mountains, Tella will face frostbite, sharks, avalanche, and twisted new rules in the race.
But what if the danger is deeper than that? How do you know who to trust when everyone's keeping secrets? What do you do when the person you'd relied on most suddenly isn't there for support? How do you weigh one life against another?
The race is coming to an end, and Tella is running out of time, resources, and strength. At the start of the race there were one hundred twenty-two Contenders. As Tella and her remaining friends start the final part of the race, just forty-one are left--and only one can win.
At the end of my Fire & Flood review I said that I hoped Salt & Stone would start off with a bang and up the stakes. I am happy to report that Salt & Stone did just that! The beginning of the novel picked up where Fire & Flood left us and immediately dropped us back in to the high stakes race for the cure.
I really liked how Tella came in to her own during this novel. In the last book one of my qualms with Tella was that she relied too much on Guy. She was a badass in her own right but she was constantly second guessing herself. In this novel Tella truly becomes her own person and shows the reader that she isn’t just getting by because of Guy. Tella is in this race for her brother and she is a leader.
One of my favorite elements of this series was the pandora’s. Salt & Stone had more pandoras and even more heart-wrenching scenes with them! I loved how Tella became a champion for the pandoras and looked after even those she wasn’t responsible for.
Although Salt & Stone was complete it was definitely left open for a sequel or spin-off series. I still have so many questions about the committee, Tella’s brother, and what’s going to happen after the race. So, if anyone from Scholastic is reading this. I want the next book. Now. Right Now.
About the Author
Victoria Scott is a teen fiction writer represented by Sara Crowe of the Harvey-Klinger Literary Agency. She’s the author of the FIRE & FLOOD series published by Scholastic, and the DANTE WALKER trilogy published by Entangled Teen. Her books have been bought and translated in eleven foreign markets including the UK, Turkey, China, Poland, Israel, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Taiwan, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.
Victoria lives in Dallas with her husband and hearts cotton candy something fierce.
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