THE FIRE SERMON by Francesca Haig
Kirkus Star


From the "Fire Sermon Trilogy" series, volume 1
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A suspenseful post-apocalyptic adventure about a world cleaved in two.

Hundreds of years ago, the world was destroyed in a blast of fire. Now, just as history has been divided into Before and After, humans have been divided into Alphas and Omegas. Every whole, healthy Alpha child is born with a mutated Omega twin who’s missing an arm or an eye—or has one too many. And when one twin dies, the other dies, instantly, inexplicably, inevitably. Most twins are separated as infants, but Cassandra and her twin, Zach, are both born physically whole, so Cass is able to hide her mutation—the fact that she can see things that haven’t happened yet and places she’s never been. The link between Cass and Zach has the potential to change their world forever, as Zach climbs the ranks of the ruling Alpha Council, and Cass starts to dream about an island where, rumor has it, an Omega resistance is brewing. Debut novelist Haig builds a richly textured world and creates characters who immediately feel real. The suspense of the plot, driven by the fear and anger underlying this unbreakable bond between twins, never flags. Haig’s experience as a poet shows in her writing, which is clear, forceful and laced with bright threads of beauty.

With its well-built world, vivid characters and suspenseful plot, this book, the first in a planned trilogy, is poised to become the next must-read hit.

Pub Date: March 10th, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-4767-6718-5
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2015


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