Sunday, 1 February 2015

The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig

*ARC provided for an honest review, thank you!

Four hundred years in the future, the Earth has turned primitive following a nuclear fire that has laid waste to civilisation and nature. Though the radiation fallout has ended, for some unknown 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 ostracised while the Alphas have gathered the world's sparse resources for themselves. Though proclaiming their superiority, for all their efforts 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 o 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. 

I was really excited to start reading this novel as soon as I read the unique blurb, and I did enjoy the first part of the book a lot. It has fantastic world-building and interesting writing that kept me reading up until the end, even when I felt like the characters left a little bit to be desired. My favourite part of the book had to be the history behind it all and working out the bond between Cass and her twin Zach. But this happened when there was the least amount of action occurring, right at the start of the book. Where it started to fall flat for me was when the love interest came into play. It felt forced and was just generally unappealing. The two characters had no real sense of heroism and if not for the world building, I most likely would have stopped reading about half way through. I will probably have a look at the next book in the series that comes out, but I won't be waiting in eager anticipation either. 

Rating: 3/5

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