Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The Map of Bones (The Fire Sermon #2) by Francesca Haig

The Map of Bones
by Francesca Haig

My rating: 4.5 stars

Series: The Fire Sermon - Book 2
Publisher: Gallery Books (May 3, 2016)
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
ISBN-13: 9781476767192
Genre: Fantasy
Print Length: 416 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Book Two in the critically acclaimed The Fire Sermon trilogy—The Hunger Games meets Cormac McCarthy’s The Road in this richly imagined post-apocalyptic series by award-winning poet Francesca Haig.

Four hundred years in the future, the Earth has turned primitive following a nuclear fire that has laid waste to civilization and nature. Though the radiation fallout has ended, for some unknowable reason every person is born with a twin. Of each pair, one is an Alpha—physically perfect in every way; and the other an Omega—burdened with deformity, small or large. With the Council ruling an apartheid-like society, Omegas are branded and ostracized while the Alphas have gathered the world’s sparse resources for themselves. Though proclaiming their superiority, for all their effort, Alphas cannot escape one harsh fact: whenever one twin dies, so does the other.

Cass is a rare Omega, one burdened with psychic foresight. While her twin, Zach, gains power on the Alpha Council, she dares to dream the most dangerous dream of all: equality. For daring to envision a world in which Alphas and Omegas live side-by-side as equals, both the Council and the Resistance have her in their sights.
 The Map of Bones (The Fire Sermon #2) by Francesca Haig

The Map of Bones (The Fire Sermon, #2)Future Earth is in ruin, devastated by a nuclear fire. The survivors have shunned attempting to re-introduce technology for fear that what is left of Earth will be destroyed. Single births are no more, twins are born to families. One is an Alpha defect free and will become part of the upper class of power. The other is born an Omega with “defects,” anything from a physical oddity to mental or psychic capabilities and their twin deaths are tied to each other, much as their births were.

The Omegas are revolting as they see their kind tortured and sent to “the tanks.” Small rebel groups are growing, but the superior might of the Alphas soundly crush them, until Cass, an Omega with the gift of foresight sees the outcomes of the future in flashes or dreams. Trust is a hard commodity for her type, and for Cass, it is twice as difficult, her Alpha twin is a high ranking member of the Alpha Council, responsible for the atrocities on the Omegas.
The Resistance is determined to have equality with the Alphas, bloodshed is on the horizon and only the determination of the Omegas may see them victorious or die trying. Will Cass’s visions guide them to victory or has she not seen enough to be sure? They need an army, one they do not have until Cass makes one giant leap of faith, but even that is not a guarantee they can stop the genocide of their kind.

Map of Bones by Francesca Haig is a brilliant addition to this series with her vivid descriptions, of both the world she has created and the characters that have come to life under her guidance. Between the first book and this one, there is a marked maturity growth among the characters as they live through their ordeal. Well written, the chaos of each scene and the emotional tension runs high.

I was hooked from page one, especially after seeing the huge change in Cass, who is fast trying to become the warrior her people need. Great reading for any age, with a harsh look at a bleak future, still filled with hate, bigotry and fear of those who are different.

I received an ARC edition from Gallery Books in exchange for my honest review.


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