- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Press (February 24, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0545537487
- ISBN-13: 978-0545537483
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.2 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 77 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Salt & Stone Hardcover – February 24, 2015
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"Scott holds her own in attitude and taut action, and Tella's voice is feminine, smart, and sassy. Importantly, although male-female chemistry is definitely present, the emotional drive of the novel doesn't rely on romance. Family, camaraderie, and Tella's bond with her furry Pandora companion matter just as much in getting her through the first part of her life-and-death race." -- Publishers Weekly
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While I loved Tella in the first book, the one thing that I wished more than anything was that she would stop depending on Guy so much. However, I understood her need for dependency on Guy as she wasn't prepared at all for the extremes and dangers she was going to face in the race. However, in this book, Tella steps up majorly, and realizes she is a strong, independent woman that can make her own decisions! While she does look to Guy in some instances, she takes charge and becomes a leader. I loved watching her grow over the course of the book, and realize that she has had the strength in her to excel all along. However, I do wish that this journey of Tella finding her independence didn't detract so much from her romance with Guy. She spent so much of her time trying to prove to Guy that she could lead and make good decisions for the group that their relationship went on the back burner. However, by the end of the book, I was more than happy with how their relationship progressed (and no it's not anything dirty haha...it's very sweet).
The setting of the Brimstone Bleed just blew me away. Ms. Scott is extraordinarily creative, and I loved every single intense second! The heart-pounding moments are nonstop and you will be turning the pages quickly to see how everything will turn out. There was so much action and adventure, and the scenes were richly described that I felt like I was right there next to Tella and the gang experiencing every life-threatening, crazy moment. Ms. Scott has a great talent, and I can't wait to see where this series goes next!
I highly recommend this book to fans of the first novel, and if you haven't started this series yet, read it now! If you like action, adventure, and survival-type books, this is for you. And the beauty of this book is that it can be enjoyed by all ages. The countdown to the next book is on, and I am dying to see how this series ends!
Happy reading :)
First of all I absolutely hated the Pandora Wars portion of the book. It seemed completely unnecessary and pointless. It did nothing to move the story along and was in fact just another way to brutally kill some really interesting creatures. I'm certain that the author was just trying to show how terrible the Brimstone people truly are but she's already established that with everything that went down in book 1 and the first half of book 2. But killing animals, even fictional man made X-men style animals just felt wrong. But that was just me.
And second I hated the supposedly secret twist at the end where the Contenders had to once again injure or even kill Pandoras as the final challenge. This time it was their own. This was just a recycled twist from the first book where they were required to kill a Pandora to continue in the race. Again, more senseless killing of animals. We get it. Evil corporation. Soulless bastards. You didn't have to kill some of the major Pandoras to remind us of that. RIP M-4. I'll miss ya.
I'm hoping or rather praying that the third book gives me some of the answers that I was hoping to get in this book or at the very least justify all the crap that happened here. I could add the fact that I also really, really hate cliffhanger endings in YA books to justify my three stars but I've unfortunately already gotten used to them. On to the next one!!!