The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig

The Fire Sermon by Francesca HaigRating: 2 / 5 stars
Format: ebook
Published: 23rd February 2015
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They were born together and they will die together. One strong Alpha twin and one mutated Omega; the only thing they share is the moment of their death.

The Omegas live in segregation, cast out by their families as soon as their mutation becomes clear. Forced to live apart, they are ruthlessly oppressed by their Alpha counterparts. The Alphas are the elite. Once their weaker twin has been cast aside, they’re free to live in privilege and safety, their Omega twin far from their thoughts.

Cass and Zach are both perfect on the outside: no missing limbs, no visible Omega mutation. But Cass has a secret: one that Zach will stop at nothing to expose. The potential to change the world lies in both their hands. One will have to defeat the other to see their vision of the future come to pass, but if they’re not careful both will die in the struggle for power.

This could have been a really interesting book but large parts of it didn’t make any sense. At the beginning the main character Cass escapes from what is basically a prison. For most of the story she is trying to find her way to an island. A safe haven for Omegas. But even though there are presumably people out looking for Cass we don’t see them till nearly the end of the book. Most of the time there is no sense of danger even though Cass is being hunted by these people.

While escaping the prison Cass rescues a guy, though there is no real reason why she rescues him. For most of the novel he hinders her escape attempt more than he helps. In fact it feels that the only reason he is in the book is to be a love interest. Which eventually turns into a love triangle like all “great” YA books.

The thing is the premise for this book is really interesting. It is set in a post apocalyptic world around 400 years after an explosion which we can assume – as there is machinery and electricity (even though it is banned) – was the result of an atomic bomb. This could have been a really good book but alas it was not.

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*I received a copy of this book from HarperCollins UK in exchange for an honest review.


15 Responses to “The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig”

  1. rustygarnersmith

    Thank you Emma. Doesn’t it bother you when a writer takes the obscure road and doesn’t explain why? I hate books that make me go through all the effort to read and then fail to deliver.

      • rustygarnersmith

        I am in agreement w/you. I hate a great concept that flows and all of a sudden, the writer thinks I’ve written to long and just ends the book, no explanations, they all lived….

  2. moonike

    The synopsis of the background (2 first passages of your review) sounds like an interesting one aspect of something that could have been developed into a multi-dimensional dystopian world. A tiny snippet of a bigger world/idea, which the author seems to have chosen to under-develop and instead has slapped onto the generic YA-lovetriangle-plot.
    A pity really, but happens.
    Thank you for your review. They’re interesting to read πŸ™‚

        • bluchickenninja

          Ooooh. I love the Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix (Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen). Its more magic than dystopia but I love this series.

          The Killing Moon and the Shadowed Sun both by NK Jemisin are good. Again they are more magic.

          Red Rising and Golden Son by Pierce Brown are pretty good. So is The Bone Season and The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon. These series are both dystopia-y. I don’t think thats a word…

        • ruibowmatsouka

          Ooooo I love Garth Nix!!! The Old Kingdom series easily top my favourite books πŸ™‚ I bough Sabriel completely on a whim based on the name and adored every second of it!

          I haven’t tried the others but I will! Thank you so much, seems like we may have similar taste πŸ™‚

        • bluchickenninja

          Awesome. Have you read Garth Nix’s newest book. Clariel. I waited so many years for that book and it ended up being disappointing. But I love how it ties in with the rest of the series.


        • ruibowmatsouka

          I haven’t read I yet, I keep meaning but was concerned that it might not measure up. I’ll give it a go πŸ™‚ thank you for the recommendations!! I genuinely love how Garth Nix paints a picture. πŸ™‚

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