I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Map of Bones by Francesca Haig
Series: The Fire Sermon #2
Published by Audible Studios on 7/12/2016
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Book two in the critically acclaimed The Fire Sermon trilogy - The Hunger Games meets Cormac McCarthy's The Road in this richly imagined postapocalyptic series 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.
In this sequel to The Fire Sermon, Cass and Piper work to rebuild the resistance and stop the evil schemings of the council and her brother Zack.
For the most part this book is more of the same, keeps up a pretty good plot, and has some nice twists. There are also a few nice reveals regarding the people from before, and the people elsewhere. But Cass tends to get annoying as she only wants to do things her way and as soon as possible, rather than ever agreeing to group decisions. Zack has turned out to be a one-dimension villain with no depth or nuance, and questionable motivations. In fact, the big reveal of his ultimate goals makes little sense (nor is it really feasible with these people’s grasp of technology). And he is just such an annoying character that I always wondering when Cass would take herself out to shut Zack up. Also slightly disappointing is a deux ex machina moment involving Zoe at the end. But overall its an entertaining story and makes you want to read the third book to see what happens to Zack.
As with the first book, the narration is top-notch.