The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books (March 10, 2015)
- ISBN-13: 978-1476767185
You ever been excited to read a book and then when you finally read it you’re totally disappointed? Well that’s how I felt about The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig. Look I’m thankful that I was able to get such an early copy of the book, through Netgalley but this book was a letdown. More like a middle of the run type book. It started off good but then it went downhill and I was hoping for it to be over.
Author Francesca Haig premise for the book had promise but the execution of it just didn’t work for me. Basically in the year whatever–think Mad Max. Twins are the norm. Ever since some big apocalyptic disaster, there are nothing but twins being born. One Alphas—perfect without flaws. And then you have the Omegas— born with missing limbs or other “freakish” qualities. Alphas are considered the highest of the high. They are the beauty of the world while the Omegas are the flaws and poison that makes the world ugly. Now I know what you’re thinking why they can’t just get rid of all the Omegas if they’re such a problem. Well because the twins are born with a fatal bond. If one twin dies so does the other. It doesn’t matter when you are or what time of day it is. Your twin die, so do you. And my dear friends is the whole gist of the book. Meet Zach (the Alpha) and Cass (the Omega). Zach is the young ambitious one who is looking for a way to get rid of the fatal bond or at least make so that nothing can happen to the Omegas, so that Alphas can live without the fear of dying because of the Omega counter-points. But he goes about it in an evil and sinister way. Tragic.
Then you have Cass the kind-hearted Omega who is just looking for a way for both Alpha and Omegas to live in harmony without the fear and hate that is associated with being born an Omega. It’s not like it’s their fault. Also Cass is a Seer. Basically, she can see or sense when bad things or sometimes good things are going to happen. And did I tell you see looks absolutely “normal”? Yep, ten fingers and ten toes. It’s just that she can see the “future” or whatever. Too bad she doesn’t use this ability to her advantage. Most often than not she completely ignores them because she has faith that her brother, the scare little shit that he was while growing up would never hurt her. Or be cruel to her. Nope, she pretty much let things happen to her because she is too naïve for my taste. She got captured and thrown in prison too many times for me to count. By then I was like either kill yourself or use your damn abilities and help yourself. Pretty simple in my opinion.
Also the whole oppressing the Omegas throughout the book was kind of stupid. There’s this whole fatal bond thing you have with your twin. So use that to your advantage. Pretty much the Omegas could have even the playing fields but no you have another book coming to see if that will even happen. So yeah, that’s the whole book in a quick short read. Apocalyptic disaster, fatal twin bond, Alphas and Omegas, secret island and a whole bunch of stuff thrown in to make a decent enough book. The writing is good and the whole fatal twin bond is good but I was just disappointed in the execution. Cass to me was just a tad bit passive in this situation. Just my opinion.
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*Sidenote : I did this review early because is March will be a busy month for me..