Everything Sad is Untrue
All I have to say to myself in order to remember this book is Hunger Games meets Pokemon in a Survivor setting. This is not a new book. It was published in 2013, but since I just finished book two, I thought I'd review them together.
Tella Holloway has a brother suffering from an undiagnosed and seemingly incurable disease, and her parents have moved the family to the middle of nowhere in the hopes that fresh air might help, or at least that's the story Tella was given.
Understandably, she feels hopeless so when a mysterious invitation appears, advising her that she can compete in the Brimstone Bleed to potentially win a cure for her brother's ailment, she's all in.
Before the race begins, each Contender has a scavenger hunt opportunity in a barn to find a Pandora egg which will hatch to an individually genetically mutated creature designed to increase the Contender's chances of success. If you have any experience with the affection that fictional cartoon character Ash, a Pokemon handler, has for his creatures - that's what I imagine most Contenders feel for their Pandora. I really enjoyed the crazy modifications to the animals. Scott clearly has a vivid imagination.
The Bleed takes about three months and spans four ecosystems; jungle, desert, sea and mountain. The single winner gets a Cure for their loved one. Alliances have started to form, and the rugged environments and the not knowing who you can trust are the parts that made me think of Survivor.
This book really left me wanting more since it ended in the middle of the race; they've only crossed the jungle and the desert. I think it will be extremely popular among middle school readers who like adventure, survival violence and even a little romance.
Middle School former Teacher Librarian - then MYP math and science. Update... VERY recently retired! Still adjusting that I'm not just on summer vacation!!!
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