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The Map of Bones

(The Fire Sermon #2)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,827 ratings  ·  288 reviews
Book Two in the critically acclaimed The Fire Sermon trilogy—The Hunger Games meets Cormac McCarthy’s The Road in this richly imagined post-apocalyptic 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, f
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Gallery Books (first published February 8th 2016)
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Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it

i liked this second book more than The Fire Sermon, but i’m not in love with the series yet.

i’m going to be as spoiler-free as i can, but any book review worth anyone’s time is going to include some discussion of the book’s contents, so if you’re a person inclined to recoil in horror from knowledge, you may not be safe with me.

i’m usually able to roll with a premise, even an oddball one, but there’s something about this situation that i can’t stop “but wait”-ing because it is bonkers.

in th
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a solid 4 for me, it's not a perfect book but the story is solid, the characters credible and the conflicts believable..... if you have read "the fire sermon" and liked it , then you need to read this sequel.... you won't be disappointed. A lot of answers to questions the first book left open are answered in this one .... can't wait for the end to this trilogy!!! ...more
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-read
Zach had been the steady point in my life. Not a force for good--I'd seen too much of what he'd done to believe that. But a force nonetheless. I knew there was no part of me that had not been shaped by him, or against him. And if I allowed myself to slip into madness, then I could neither stop him nor save him. It would all be over.

The Map of Bones picks up where The Fire Sermon left off. The Island has been destroyed by the Council and the resistance is being systematically dismantled. Piper,
Liz Barnsley

I do love a good post apocalyptic trilogy (or indeed standalone novel) and Francesca Haig’s “The Fire Sermon” was absolutely top notch, not only because of the beautiful writing but because of the wide imaginative scope, the endearing characters and perhaps most of all the ability the author has to dump unexpected trauma onto you. A writer that is fearless is one that I admire, The Fire Sermon often surprised, always delighted and the final pages had me reeling. So to say that I was excited to r
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
CONTENT WARNING: The world is very ableist: the whole concept of Alphas and Omegas, and how Omegas are treated. Also, if you're pregnant, you may want to skip Chapter 17.

The problem with reading a sequel more than a year after its predecessor is that my memory sucks. OK, my memory sucks anyway - a month after reading a book, I may have already forgotten character names. (And reviewing The Map of Bones a month after I read it, my recall is failing.) But I digress.

For the first 100 pages of The Ma
Rating 3.5/5 rounded up to 4/5
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
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
I have to admit, sci-fi and fantasy books are so far out of my normal genre that I read, but I try and keep my mind open to all works and publications I am asked to review. Most authors I find are incredible and have amazing foresight. I am jealous of them! So when you run across an author that has the ability to keep my interest in a genre that I do not normally enjoy, they have a special gift in their craft. Francesca Haig is an author like that!

This book takes off immediately where the last b
Dark Faerie Tales
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: The time to fight is now, or all will be lost.

Opening Sentence: Each time he came to me in dreams I saw him as I’d seen him the first time: floating.

The Review:

Cass is still reeling from the devastation on the island and Kip’s sacrifice at the silo. The island is lost and most of the resistance is dead or hiding. The only good news is thanks to Kip the Confessor’s dead as well. Zach’s power has been weakened but not enough. Cass stills sees the
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, netgalley
Future Earth is in ruin, devastated by a nuclear fire. The survivors have shunned attempting to re-introduce technology for fear that what is left of Earth will be destroyed. Single births are no more, twins are born to families. One is an Alpha defect free and will become part of the upper class of power. The other is born an Omega with “defects,” anything from a physical oddity to mental or psychic capabilities and their twin deaths are tied to each other, much as their births were.

The Omegas
Feb 24, 2016 added it

**This review contains major spoilers for book one.**

Map of Bones continues with it’s dark setting and bleak future for the survivors of nuclear fallout. This story follows Cass after the death of Kip. Cass is accompanied by siblings Piper (the former leader of the Omegas) and Zoe. Zoe is an alpha twin who chose to stay with her Omega brother and be part of the resistance. Once they join up with other resistance Omegas things move at a crazy pace. They are gonna make a discovery that chang
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight
This sequel picks up where The Fire Sermon ended, and while it took me a couple minutes to reacquaint myself with the characters, I remembered pretty much everything that went down in book one. (Which I won't tell you about, spoiler free here people.)

Anyway. The first half of the book, I won't lie, it was slow. Like, to the point that it seemed a bit repetitive and I was kind of bor
After finishing The Fire Sermon last year, I was desperate to get my hands on The Map of Bones, and I dove right in as soon as possible. We pick up this story after the events of the previous book, and I think this is where I had my first problem.

The Fire Sermon was amazing, and I raved about it, but going into The Map of Bones I did struggle to remember who some of the secondary characters were, and tried to recall some of the events that had happened. The world of The Map of Bones is just as d
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continuing my theme I'm giving this a decimal star, 3.5, but rounding up.

I liked it and I liked the way that the plot you feel the book is about gets solved around halfway, like book one, revealing a further plot. I'm still annoyed with the disregard of twins from the previous book but in this one the evil twins are trying to deal with the problem in a more sensible (mighty evil) strategy.

There was a continuity error right near the end, hence my spoiler tag, that really annoyed me despite it be
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have never heard of the first book, The Fire Sermon. So I did not know that this book was the second one until I read the premise. Yet, I have read many books out of order and this is how I can judge how well the author writes if I can jump into the story without any issues and if I want to continue with the series or trilogy. Well I am happy to report that I was able to jump right into this book with no problems. Although at first I was growing weary of the repeated mentions of events in the ...more
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*Genre* Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.0

*MY Thoughts*

The Map of Bones, by author Francesca Haig, is the second installment in The Fire Sermon trilogy. The story picks up right where The Fire Sermon left off. Cass, Piper, and Zoe have survived the Island, while Cass managed to survive her encounter with her brother Zach, and The Confessor who tortured her for four long years while in captivity. Cass is distracted throughout the story with
visions of the Blast and what happened to Kip
Amanda Setasha Hall
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zzz-2019, a-4-stars
A lot of decent plot in this, but it felt like it was missing something. Piper and Cass were easily my favorites. I liked learning a bit about Zoe's backstory as well - I hadn't been expecting that.
It didn't hold me as tightly as the first one, but it was still enjoyable.
Karen’s Library
The Map of Bones was a decent follow up to The Fire Sermon. I liked Cass more in this second book and it could have been because she no longer had Kip around so had to finally come into her own rather than as a part of a duo, first as a twin to Zack until they were split, and then almost using Kip as a sort of surrogate twin.

We received some answers to the whys and hows of this world and the twinnings. We got answers about Elsewhere and discovered the Ark. All of this was interesting.

I’m now ab
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

The Map of Bones was, by far, the most anticipated book of the year for me! I had fallen in love with The Fire Sermon, and was still reeling after that ending. So, when I ripped open the sequel, I have to admit that I was a little deflated at first. Part of me was hoping that the momentum from the first book would have carried over to the second, but instead, it seemed to be starting from scratch. It does make sense; there's the reintroduction of the characters, and some plot repetitio
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
When I started reading Map of Bones, I wish I had read the first book in the series, because I was a little overwhelmed by the events Cass and her twin had encountered. It was like I missed a whole lot of issues and important battles. I was kind of lost in the situation that the characters were under.

But then, the author made sure to insert some important parts that had happened in Book 1, so in the next few chapters, I was able to follow through.

I learned about Cass who was with the twins Pip
A solid follow up... The Map of Bones is definitely worth a read for fans of the genre.

3.5 stars.
Allen Adams
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it

It seems safe to say that the entertainment world might be reaching the point of dystopia fatigue. With all of the books/films/TV shows built on a post-apocalyptic foundation in recent years, audiences could be forgiven if they began to get a bit tired of the whole thing.

However, those who choose to dismiss the trend out of hand will miss out on at least a few quality offerings amidst the copious forgettable mediocrities.

One such offering is the work of Fr
Sissy Lu {Book Savvy Reviews}
The Map of Bones is the second book in the Fire Sermon trilogy. This takes place in a dystopian world after a nuclear war and since that nuclear war, it led to mutations. Every mother has twins, an Alpha, and Omega. The omegas are riddled with mutations, some have extra appendages while others are born with lesser mutations, such as visions. Alphas are obviously the stronger, normal twin that goes on to become important figures while Omegas are shunned from society and often kept hidden as they ...more
Philip Dodd
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Earlier this year, I read and reviewed The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig. Now I have just finished reading its sequel, The Map of Bones. I won both The Fire Sermon and The Map of Bones in a Goodreads Giveaway, I am pleased to say. I was drawn to The Fire Sermon because I knew where its title came from. The Fire Sermon is the title of part three of The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot, one of my favourite poems. It was interesting, reading The Fire Sermon, as I had never read what is called a post-apocal ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

The Map of Bones picks up from where Francesca Haig's debut novel, The Fire Sermon, left off. Cass, Piper and Zoe are on the run following the deadly confrontation at the Silo between the Confessor and Kip, with the knowledge of the Alpha Council's horrifying plan for the Omega's.

Despite the dramatic ending of The Fire Sermon, the narrative in The Map of Bones is slow to start. We're almost a quarter of the way into the book before Haig introduces a new element to the story that finally prompts
Stacy GeekRemixALot
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian, ya
Wow I'm so glad I kept reading this series, because I liked this book even better than the first one!

Turns out, there was a certain character that, while I didn't actively dislike them, they were a bit underwhelming, and their absence in this book was a bit of a relief.

Also, I'll try to stay spoiler-free here, but they go to a certain place and learn more things about the Before that I found fascinating because it reminded me of all the Vault-stories from Fallout. It was a nice change of pace.

Dec 16, 2020 added it
During a crowded service at a cathedral in cologne, Germany armed intruders in monk's robes unleash of myeom of blood and destruction. The killers have not come for gold but to steal more valuable prize : the bones of the Magy, a treasure that could reshape the world. Vatican is in turmoil. In US a special force of Sigma team under cmndr. Grey, Monk, Kate, lt. Rachel Verona of Rome and her uncle of Vetican is Monsieur vibor is deputed to investigate the crime. Sigma team itself is attacked by ar ...more
Nov 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I can't decide if I like this book or Fire Sermon more. They were both enjoyable and interesting. Map of Bones delved more into how history and future are intertwined and relate to one another. I enjoyed some of the character interactions more in the first book though and the first had more sense of urgency as I was reading it that this one seemed to lack. Either way good story. I'll pick up the next one to see how it all plays out. ...more
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it
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Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book to this series,looking forward to reading the third and final book.this book continues great read but abit long.alphas and the omega.
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it
"Holds a mirror up to our obsession with perfection." - Guardian.....
What a load of shit.
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Francesca Haig is the author of the post-apocalyptic Fire Sermon trilogy (The Fire Sermon; The Map of Bones; and The Forever Ship), translated into more than 20 languages.

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

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