A book that had been sitting in my to read pile over Xmas, I decided to make The Fire Sermon one of my first books to read after Xmas.

 

Telling the story of Cass, an Omega – in a world ripped apart many years before by a blast, this new world sees twins born to every alpha family, 1 perfectly normal (alpha) the other marked out in some way by a deformity, unable to have children (omega) they are branded and sent away to live separate to the Omegas. The only connecting factor is that when one twin dies, so does the other.

 

But Cass and Zach are born each seemingly perfect, they can’t be separated until the family knows which is Omega, outcast from the other children they grow up together.  It is in fact Cass who is the Omega, but her difference is that she can see things, things that haven’t happened yet and when Zach realizes he is determined to get her found out.  Finally separated years later Cass is again brought back in contact with her brother, but what she finds about his new role in the Alpha community starts a new journey for her, to try and stop Zach’s plans.

 

This book had me gripped from page one to the end, a fascinating story of what could happen in a post nuclear world, of survivors who despite their past history still treat others with injustice.  The book was high paced, exciting, and made the reader think.  I couldn’t get enough of the story and want more!

I felt at times that there wasn’t really a clear line between good and bad in this story, those who are treated unjustifiably in turn also treat other unjustifiably, and the alphas to also have redeeming qualities, Cass’s mum’s warning for example.

I was thrilled to see at the end of the book that the movie rights to the story have been acquired by Dream works and will definitely be putting that film on my viewing list when in comes out.

This is a book that certainly cast it’s spell on me! Wow this was a great book – well done Francesca.

 

We were really fortunate to be invited to the Harper Voyager Fire Sermon event on Saturday 24th January and it was wonderful to meet Francesca and hear her talking about the inspirations behind the book.  I also now really want a book wall in my life!  Thanks Harper Voyager, here are a few photos from the event:

 

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The Fire Sermon Book Cover The Fire Sermon
Francesca Haig
Harper Voyager
26/02/2015
Paperback
320

When Zach and I were born our parents must have counted and recounted: limbs, fingers, toes. The complete set. They would have been disbelieving – nobody dodged the split between Alpha and Omega.

Nobody.

Born as twins. Raised as enemies.

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.

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