The Fire Sermon
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 b...more
so, there was a bl ...more
I can understand why this book has already been optioned by Dreamworks for a movie. The world building is quite unique and fascinating and the author has done a great job describing it from Cass’ point of view, an Omega seer. As a reader you really get a feel for the post-apocalyptical world the characters are living in.
At first the book took of great but and the story was told well, the pacing was just right but then, durin ...more
Character wise, the protagonist is likeable enough although I did find her a bit whiny, and I would have liked a little more growth from her, but again... maybe in book 2! I liked some ...more
“I’m on my way to achieving something big. I can’t let you get in my way.”
This story had lots of potential, but it didn’t quite fulfil it for me.
Cass was a strong character, and she held up well against the threat of the alphas and the situations she was put in. Kip was also a likeable character, and the pair worked pretty well togethe ...more
This came highly recommended to me and the premise was very intriguing and even the short bit I read in a sample had me rushing to my library to procure an actual copy.
But it just didn’t grip me. The characters were a bit dull, 2D. They were on the run for 90% of the book which put me to sle ...more
Now, I’m writing this review for myself as much as anyone because I want to figure out where everything went wrong.
Nothing particularly sticks out to me as the reason that I gave The Fire Sermon only 2 stars – there wasn’t anything which immediately put me off like insta-love or infodumps etc. Quite the opposite really, I found there were things which could have pulled me into the story – the thing is they didn’t.
Everything was so… impossibly… slow… tha ...more
This story follows the synopsis pretty well. The Fire Sermon definitely has Cormac McCarthy’s The Road feel to it. In the far future, after a nuclear apocalypse, the survivors carry a genetic abnormality. Every baby is born a fraternal twin, one boy one girl. One twin is “normal” (Alpha), the other twin has a congenital abnormality (Omega) and is born sterile. In rare instances, the Omega has psychic ability and no physical abnormality. Every twin is linked even though they are separated as soon ...more
Dystopian fiction is a hook that gets me every time. Judging by the prevalence of this kind of story recently, I'm not alone in that. I think we sense this modern world we live in is a fragile one, unsustainable or riven with cracks that just need the slightest pressure to fracture the whole. We're desperate to know 'what happens when it all falls apart?'
The greater premise of this story is one that addresses this question. Characters talk of 'the Blast', seemingly a nuclear ...more
Yet, this reads like a YA book, the romance between two of the Omega escapees seems trite, and some of the lightness in very dangerous moments did not ring true. It bothered me, but might not both ...more
The Fire Sermon is a debut novel about a post-apocalyptic world in which everyone is born with a fraternal twin. One twin is the alpha, and one the omega. Every omega twin is marked by a physical deformity of some kind while the alpha is not. Rarely, an omega twin will be born with no physical deformity, but will instead have some psychic power as a seer. The twins are linked for life however, and when one dies, so does the other.
A social st ...more
This is the plot and what happened I'm doing this cause I don't want to read this again. Read if you don't want to continue with this book.
(view spoiler)[ So basically it's set 400 years after a nuclear blast and technology and things from Before are seen as bad because of the blast. After the blast all humans were born in twins, one male and female one of them is an unblemished flawless alpha while the other is either mutated or with fault and is known as an omega and as soon as the fa ...more
In a post-apocalyptic world, hundreds of years into the future Earth as we know it does not exist. In its place is a primitive world where singular births no longer exist and each pregnancy ends with the birthing of twins, one whole, normal and desirable, called an Alpha. One is always born with some type of deformity, limbless, blind, ...more
Imagine a setting, far into it future, where the world has been scorched by fire; parts are uninhabitable, parts arable and a lot seems unexplored. Using our knowledge we can assume that there has been some sort of nuclear event- the fire sermon. The event seems to have been caused by evil Electric but given we're in the future with no technology, or living memory, we don't have the finer details. This doesn't matter.
Now imagine the fall out, th ...more
I really need to stop rating books while I'm still in the afterglow stages of reading. I almost always come back later and pull it down a star or two after considering the plot holes and flaws in the book.
I saw this cover in a book store a few months ago and simply stared at it for a few moments. The publisher and author would have to be confident in both the cover art and the content to be able to put out a book like this.
And their gamble worked. It got my attention.
The Fire Sermon is a post-ap ...more
Is The Fire Sermon post-apocalyptic or fantasy? Maybe it's supposed to be both. The post-apoc elements work best, but the fantasy elements had me questioning the world-building.
There was a nuclear blast, which blighted the land and decimated the populatio ...more
However... now that I am done with the book, I feel disappointed.
The general idea of the book was clever- Every person has a twin, but one twin has a deformation while the other twin remains unscathed. Twins are separated at birth based on the ideals of society, and one girl (Cass), is determined to change tha ...more
The book is set in a dystopian future in which humanity have survived a huge 'blast', but the few stragglers that survived have mutated due to the radiation** so that every single time a woman gives birth she has twins, they are always twin pairs of one ma ...more
This book was so different from others that I have read and I utterly loved it! It was wonderfully written and the story was unique with a great concept to it. The characters were well thought out as well(I especially loved Kip).
It was the opposite of predictable which I absolutely loved! The storyline kept you on your toes as you didn't know what to expect was going to happen next. The story is full of uncertainty.
The ending had a huge twist to it that ...more
I couldn't continue with the book
1. because the book was due back at the library
2. It didn't draw me in, it was as simple as that.
After reading so many (not that many) sci-fi (read: "dystopian"), they all just end up being the same. Oppressed society and revolution because of one special little lady, and bam—you have it.
So excuse me, but this is not my favourite genre. ...more
In this story we have a world of Alpha and Omega. Alpha are the strong people and Omega are considered the weak, dead ends, and poisonous. When children are born they ...more
When talking about "Red Rising", one of the things I mention about what makes an outstanding dystopian franc ...more
I feel the need to be very upfront about some sensitive issues in this book. In this post-apocalyptic world, some genetic anomaly has occurred and every person is born with a twin. One twin is seemingly "perfect"/"healthy" (this is the Alpha twin) while the other is generally born with a congenital abnormality and is unable to reproduce (the Omega twin). Alphas have basically no time for their Omega twin, and would likely just kill them at birth (this is said sensitive subject material) but ...more
Cass is an Omega twin. Her brother is the Alpha twin. Everyone in this post-apocalyptic world has a twin and one is Alpha and one is Omega. Alphas are born perfect, and Omegas are born deformed in some way. Most have a major deformity easy to see like no eyes, or a missing limb, o ...more
‘The Fire Sermon’ is Francesca Haig’s debut and first book in her dystopian trilogy. It takes place after The Blast. The ruins of cities are left to fall apart empty and quiet. Fear surrounding them comes from old stories of radiation and The Council forbids all from entering them. In this new agrarian society people are always born in twins. One twin is the Alpha and the other a disfigured Omega. The Omega’s are cast out of ...more
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. Fantasy, every child is born with a twin. one will be totally normal, the other will have a physical deformity or psychic abilities. the one that has the deformity is branded on their forehead. [s]||4||36||May 15, 2018 04:52PM|
|A movie planned already?!||5||81||Jul 08, 2015 03:15PM|
|Curious...||1||37||Jun 22, 2013 07:23AM|
Her latest novel, The Cookbook of Common Prayer, is published in June 2021 (UK; July 2021 for Australia and New Zealand).
Francesca gained her PhD from the University of Melbourne, and worked as an academic before becoming a full ...more