The Fire Sermon is a well written YA post apocalyptic book that should be on your radar

The Fire Sermon is a well written YA post apocalyptic book that should be on your radar

Centuries after the world is devistated by humanity’s weapons, mankind has managed to rebuild.  The technology that was linked with the downfall is shunned, the genetic fallout has shaped the society that emerged, and this civilization is on the fast track to cruel domination.  If you enjoy post apocalyptic tales and you don’t mind a little fantasy, this is definitely a book you should check out.  I didn’t hear anything at all about this book until it popped up on my recommended reads, but there are rumors that Dreamworks has optioned it for a film.  I’m not sure how I feel about that because a lot of what is great about this book is in the prose.  While it doesn’t remind me of anything else I’ve read, I think fans of uprising books like The Hunger Games and Red Rising will be interested.

The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig

Goodreads Summary

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


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. 

My Thoughts

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  It was well written, thoughtful, and gripping.  For the most part, it is action packed, with only a lull near the beginning, but it was an necessary lull, so stick it out.  Cass is a strong female protagonist whose only liability is her world view, which is actually her strongest asset.  There is a romantic element to this story, but I will say it wasn’t blatant in its sensuality, so it isn’t full of hot moments but plays more of the companionship angle.  I actually liked the concept of the twins.  Though I thought it was going to be a ridiculous when I read the Amazon blurb, it worked really well.  The ending might have a few readers crying foul, but I thought it made sense.  My only complaint is the price.  $13.99 for an ebook is ridiculous, and even though I feel I got my money’s worth, I almost didn’t read it on principle alone.  I’m glad I overcame my impulse and read it anyway.  I thought the whole concept was pretty smart, and I’m definitely going to be looking for the next book in the series.


About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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  1. Pingback: Francesca Haig’s The Map of Bones  | Handheld Dream

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