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The Map of Bones (Fire Sermon, Book 2) Hardcover – 7 Apr 2016
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‘The Map of Bones is a wonderful book – thrilling, emotionally engaging, booby-trapped with some incredibly inventive twists and turns and some excellent action sequences and, from beginning to end, it is intensely moving. Like its predecessor, this is a book that forces us to consider what it means to be human, and how important it is to respect the humanity in others. Francesca Haig’s writing is exquisite, loaded with turns of phrase and lines of dialogue that are so perfect and so beautifully realised, it reminds us how powerful the written word can be. And, on top of all that, it is – along with The Fire Sermon – the most exciting and rewarding novel we have read in a very, very long time. You have got to read these books, they are storytelling at its absolute finest.’ STARBURST.
PRAISE FOR THE FIRE SERMON:
‘This book is a thought-provoking whirlwind of a story, with a fab lead character, grisly politics and brave adventure. I loved it!’ Jessie Burton
'A hell of a ride. I would recommend it to anyone I can, regardless of age' James Oswald
‘Set in a vividly realised world of elite Alphas and their ‘weaker’ Omega twins, it holds a mirror up to our obsession with perfection’ Guardian
‘Words like ‘masterpiece’ and ‘instant classic’ are cliché, but in the case of Francesca Haig’s astounding THE FIRE SERMON, they’re the only words to use’ Starburst Magazine
‘This terrific set-up spools out into a high tension tale of mistrust and dependency, injustice and optimism, told with poetic intensity’ Daily Mail
‘Haig’s post-apocalyptic world is colorfully fleshed out, and the conclusion ask us to consider who, really, is the Other’ Washington Post
‘With its well-built world, vivid characters and suspenseful plot, this book… is poised to become the next must-read hit.’ Kirkus
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Set in a vividly realised world of elite Alphas and their 'weaker' Omega twins, it holds a mirror up to our obsession with perfection' Guardian
The second book in Francesca Haig's incredible Fire Sermon series.
The Omega resistance has been brutally attacked, its members dead or in hiding.
The Alpha Council's plan for permanently containing the Omegas has begun.
But all is not entirely lost: the Council's seer, The Confessor, is dead, killed by her twin's sacrifice.
Cass is left haunted by visions of the past, while her brother Zach's cruelty and obsession pushes her to the edge, and threatens to destroy everything she hopes for.
As the country moves closer to all-out civil war, Cass will learn that to change the future she will need to uncover the past. But nothing can prepare her for what she discovers: a deeply buried secret that raises the stakes higher than ever before.
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Cass, Piper, and Zoe travel their way west starving, mournful, shunned, and desperate but nonetheless shuffling across the blighted land in search of Sally, an Omega who once successfully infiltrated the Alpha Council, and towards the sea in hope of finding survivor ships that may have returned bearing good news. Their rebellion and sanctuary have been smothered as thick currents of blood trickle between the stones in reminder of the failed island…but change must come, it has to.
The plot of this book contains lots of planning, enough action, and a plethora of hatred and hope as it plods along at a steady pace. The darkness of humanity is not shielded or sugarcoated but it also cannot negate the power and unyielding force of hope and change.
Gritty, ashen, and complicated THE MAP OF BONES continues The Fire Sermon series with moves and counter-moves as the Alphas clutch their dominance and stroke their blessed reigns of power while the Omegas dig deep into the earth for strength and lift their heads high in resilience. Elsewhere is calling but the blast is coming…
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Really keen for #3 now.
Each pregnancy is a set of twins, one of which is born with some kind of mutation, ergo the lesser of the two. They are called the Omega and the perfect twin is called the Alpha.
The twins are connected via a life-bond. If one dies the other automatically dies the same way. The Alphas reject their twins, and so does society.
I’m sure if it wasn’t for the pesky ‘if I die you die’ element of their sibling relationship, the majority of the Alphas would just kill their Omega sibling. Instead the Alphas have found a variety of nefarious methods to rid themselves of their ‘broken’ other halves without actually killing them. Might as well be though.
The Omegas have built a network of resistance across the country, and despite the really bad odds are still trying to outwit the Alphas. They are also trying to find out whether there is anyone else out there in the big world. Literally in the Elsewhere.
Cass is still reeling from the shocking revelations about Kip and his demise. As a seer she is both a pariah to her peers and a beacon of hope. They need her to have visions, but are frightened of them at the same time.
The Fire Sermon series is an eclectic mix of post-nuclear devastation, dystopian world-building and the usual YA tropes. Some of the topics sail pretty close to what could become a reality if we are ever faced with a nuclear disaster on a major scale. Underground bunkers, the aftermath of the destruction the inevitable changes or mutations caused by radiation. A good read.
*I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley.*
It is over a year since I read and reviewed the first novel in this dystopian trilogy, The Fire Sermon, and I still remember it well for the fantastic prose, well developed dystopian world and the characters. For this reason I was really looking forward to reading this second in series novel. The excellent descriptive and emotive prose continues in this novel but I found the characters less engaging. I think I was missing the interactions of Kip and Cass which added humour and romance to the saga and many of the reminiscences are dour, appropriate for the scenarios and situations, but toning down the actual empathy I had felt in the first novel.
Having said that, it is still an engaging read and many of the changes in characters are due to their growing maturity, especially after all their experiences and ordeals. The hatred and mistrust between the Alphas and Omegas has grown for many with manipulative murders, political intrigue and fear fueling these emotions even more. The plot reawakens dramatically in the final section of this novel, this section is enthralling and a riveting read, easily 5* worthy and making me still keen to discover how the trilogy will end, I await the third novel with eager anticipation . . . in the meanwhile I’ll just close “my eyes and let myself remember”….
Thanks to the publishers for gifting me an ARC of this novel, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.
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