The Fire Sermon (The Fire Sermon #1)
by Francesca Haig
Four hundred years in the future, the Earth has turned primitive following a nuclear fire that 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.
4 of 5 Stars
This is a series that I just kept putting off for one reason or another and I’m so glad I’ve finally started it. I was actually first interested in reading it after I heard about the second book in the series on NetGalley. The premise caught my attention even though it heavily compared itself to other dystopian novels like The Hunger Games. I chose to ignore that and I think that’s how I was able to enjoy the book more.
I really appreciated the characters that I got to know in this story, especially Cass and Kip. Cass is our strong female lead, and like most, she’s always doubtful of her own true power. She falls into several of the cliche’s that are popular in young adult but still somehow stood apart for me. I wouldn’t say I always connected with her personally but I often felt like I understood her motives and emotions. On the other side, there are numerous side characters that I still don’t fully know how to feel about. Zach is Cass’s twin and I’m so confused about him and very eager to see where his character takes us in the future.
The world building was really good in this story and at times it seemed to slow the progression of the plot. I didn’t mind this too much but admit that a more consistent pacing would have resulted in me giving this a higher rating. What really got me was the ending I didn’t see coming until seconds before it happened. My kindle nearly went sailing across the room. I’ve already got the second book waiting for me and I’m thankful that the third and final part of the trilogy will be published sometime in April.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, more than I expected. Even if you are sick to death of all the cookie cutter dystopian trilogies that have trended for years now, this is different enough to be enjoyable. It falls into a few common traps but manages to stay away from some of the bigger ones which helped make it really refreshing, at least for me.