Scott, Victoria Salt and Stone (Fire and Flood #2), 313 pgs. Scholastic Press, 2015. $17.99 Content: Language: R (29 swears; 1 “F”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG-13.
Tella is in a contest to win a cure for her ill brother. There are four environments that everyone has to compete in and Tella has only the ocean and the frozen tundra left. She has managed to keep her rag-tag group together and her protector Guy is still watching out for her, but Tella feels the need to make her own way. As the group survives the ocean they see evidence that those in charge are making their environment more deadly than necessary and Tella and Guy become more determined to take down the whole operation after they survive the race.
I love this series because there is a lot of action and the storyline is constantly moving forward. The main character is likable and funny and the challenges are interesting. The PG-13 rating for violence is because one character is brutally attacked by a shark and there are other times that the pet animals are tormented.
MS-OPTIONAL. HS-ADVSIABLE. Reviewer, C. Peterson.