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The Fire Sermon

The Fire Sermon, March 2015
Fire Sermon #1
by Francesca Haig

Gallery Books
Featuring: Cass; Zach
384 pages
ISBN: 1476767181
EAN: 9781476767185
Kindle: B00LD1OQQO
Hardcover / e-Book
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"Beautifully written tale of a dark and often unforgiving post-apocalyptic world"

Fresh Fiction Review

The Fire Sermon
Francesca Haig

Reviewed by Debbie Wiley
Posted February 26, 2015

Science Fiction | Dystopian

A nuclear blast decimated Earth and now all humans are born as twins. The Alphas are the procreators and are considered superior while the other halves of the pairs, the Omegas, are disabled in some manner. Most of the disabilities of the Omegas are quite apparent at birth and the twins are quickly separated. However, Cass is one of the rare Omegas, a seer whose visions are her only "flaw" and thus she and her twin are not separated for many years. What impact will the lack of separation have on her and her twin, Zach? And will Cass find a way for Alphas and Omegas to live in unity?

THE FIRE SERMON is the first book in what promises to be a fascinating series. Francesca Haig has crafted a world that is as captivating as it is infuriating. I wanted to jump into the story and defend the various Omegas, particularly as the severity of the abuses comes to light. I applaud Francesca Haig for her willingness to tackle such a sensitive issue as discrimination against individuals with disabilities.

THE FIRE SERMON is a beautifully written tale of a dark and often unforgiving post-apocalyptic world. Despite the bleakness of the world, there are glimmers of hopes in the various friendships that develop. Francesca Haig's lyrical use of language draws the reader into this desolate world as the pages fly by, even as we are horrified by the discrimination that guides the very governing structure of the world. THE FIRE SERMON is a spectacular introduction to the series as Francesca Haig is an author I will definitely be looking forward to reading more from in the future.

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The Hunger Games meets Cormac McCarthy’s The Road in this richly imagined first novel in a new post-apocalyptic trilogy by award-winning poet Francesca Haig.

Four hundred years in the future, the Earth has turned primitive following a nuclear fire that has 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.

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