Review of The Fire Sermon

May 16, 2018 Reviews 0 ★★★½

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Review of The Fire SermonThe Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig
Series: The Fire Sermon #1
Published by Audible Studios on 2015-03-10
Length: 12:8
Format: Audiobook
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three-half-stars

The Hunger Games meets Cormac McCarthy's The Road in this richly imagined first novel in a new postapocalyptic trilogy by award-winning poet 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.

In the Fire Sermon, Cas is a young adult growing up in a world that is post-nuclear blast. Due to mutations, humans are only born as sets of twins, with one being in perfect condition and the other having defects. These two groups are split into Alpha and Omega, with the Omegas getting the oppression. Another twist is that if one twin gets hurt, the other feels it. And if one dies, the other dies.

The setup is a bit absurd, but it does help make the story interesting. You can’t just kill the bad guys when it will kill a good one too. The story was rather interesting and entertaining for me. The world building isn’t too bad. The plot is steady. The characters were a bit flat though. And the motivations for everyone treating omegas so badly wasn’t really fleshed out, other than standard bigotry.

I enjoyed listening to this. The narrator did a great job. Overall its a good introduction to this series and I look forward to seeing how book two turns out. I think it could use a bit more polish to iron out the rough edges, but it’s still worth listening to.

three-half-stars
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