The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig

The Fire Sermon
Rating 5 out of 5 stars

Release date : 26th February 2015

Publisher: Harper Collins

Source: Netgalley

Synopsis

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.

Review

When I started this book, I honestly thought it was just one book and not a series or dare I say a trilogy, as that is the norm with YA novels these days. I also found out that the author teaches creative writing so I knew that this story would be a well-written one.

The story is set in a time after a massive blast or explosion has destroyed much of the earth with a good mount of radiation. Due to the radiation the human race has been affected and one of the effects was the ability to procreate. And once the population was able to reproduce, all the births were twins. One normal also called the Alpha and the other twin usually with deformities called the Omega. The belief was that the Omega was a result of the poison that was removed from the Alpha (crazy stuff huh?). For this reason, the alphas did not want to mix with the omega’s because they believed they were poison, and so they usually were seperated. The Omega’s usually had some serious birth defects from blindness to mutations, you name it and since the omega’s could not reproduce the Alpha’s would rather be rid of them. But there was a catch, the twins were linked in such a way that if one dies the other dies too. So instead of killing the omega’s they were sent away to live faraway in separate settlements.

Cass and Zach are at the center of this story, they were born as twins both absolutely perfect on the outside, but Cass knew she was not completely normal and for years she fought to hide her secret until one day when Zach exposes her to the authorities that is when the story starts to take off. The future of the world depends on Zach and Cass as they both have different visions on how it should go. Will each of them see their vision come to pass?

I personally liked the story and really enjoyed the pace, although I thought parts of the book lingered for a bit but that author does a fabulous job of keeping you engaged and locked into the story that you can’t help but just keep flipping the pages. There is soo much detail and depth to the way the story is told that it is soo easy loose yourself in the story. It can be easily likened to sibling rivalry but this story is a lot more harsher than that. I found Cass really annoying and whinny, her uncertainty of what she needed to do sometimes made me want to shake her. I loved Kip to bits, his comebacks and sarcasm was just on the money for me. It was a great end to the book although I am keen to read book 2 as the story will only get better in my opinion.

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