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?
- I loved the Brimestone Bleed concept and the aspects of the race
- Side characters were unique and appealing
- The Pandoras were really neat and their traits were very interesting
- The cryptic secrecy of the race and the history of the race
- The writing itself was not bad and it was a quick easy read
- I hated the main character, Tella. She was snotty and stuck up. It seemed out of character that she was doing this race to save her brother when she is so self-involved. I think Kira from Partials attributes would have really made this book amazing.
- The POV drove me insane. Since Tella was so self-involved the book was “I” “I” “I”
- The world building was severely lacking, the story was thrown at you so quickly and then barely created by the end of the book
- The story was way to detailed in some spots, but absent in places that needed more detail. I think the story should have been flushed out more when Tella found the device, but it quickly moved from her parents whispering to her running away from home and then no one knowing what is going on.