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The Forever Ship

(The Fire Sermon #3)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  786 ratings  ·  106 reviews
The apocalypse has come and gone, and now every person is born a twin: one a strong Alpha, one a mutated Omega.

The Omegas live in segregation, cast out by their families as soon as their mutation becomes clear. Forced to live apart, they are ruthlessly oppressed by their Alpha counterparts. The only thing that keeps the Alphas at bay is the fact that whenever one twin dies
ebook, 400 pages
Published December 5th 2017 by Gallery Books (first published June 29th 2017)
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Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
Excellently written but ultimately I can't say I enjoyed reading this series all that much.

One of the main difficulties that I have had with this series all along is that I have never felt a particularly strong emotional connection to the main character, Cass. The story itself is very realistic and well told; Haig's prose is without fault. It is all extremely dire: the post-nuclear apocalyptic setting, the connection until death between the alpha and omega twins, the oppressive regime of control
Dec 06, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
well, i've done it now...

every time i get one of those emails alerting me that there's a book i want to read being offered as a goodreads giveaway, i go WOO HOOO!! (sometimes in my head, sometimes less discreetly), and i enter with glee, knowing that the odds are against me, and the ratio of entered/won brands me a loser more often that not.

and i considered not entering this one, for a half-second, since it is the third book in a trilogy, and i have not read the first two books, even though the
Liz Barnsley
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Forever Ship completes this trilogy which began with The Fire Sermon and continued with A Map of Bones – I’ll be sorry to see the back of Cass, Piper et al I’ve lived this journey with them and a brilliantly engaging and thought provoking one it was too and the lovely Ms Haig puts a pitch perfect finish on it.

In this finale, the battle to save Elsewhere is the main focus along with ever changing loyalties and Cass still trying to come to terms with her relationship with Zach – twin and Alpha
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-btr
3 1/2 stars for the conclusion of this trilogy . The emotions all were there , the same characters we started with and the same upending doom that we felt since we picked up the first book in this trilogy. Thanks to the folks at Netgalley for giving me a chance to read this book. I just have to say that I felt a little bit disappointed by the lackluster ending of this trilogy , I think they could have done a lot more. Pick it up this series if you are into dystopian futures and trilogies (who is ...more
Sheri S.
Uggghhh, it took me weeks to drudge through this book. It was just sooooo boring. I feel like this trilogy should definitely just been a duology. The story has been so obviously stretched out to cover three books, and that just annoys the heck out of me. But, since I had already invested a lot of reading time into this series, I tortured myself to reach the end just so that I could finally find out how the story concluded. This series was just okay, the first book being the best, most definitely ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, dystopian
There is a lot of Truth about our world in this story. It is violent. There is much death, and most people end up alone. However, for me, it was too slow and too little Romance. The ending was not satisfying. I like a good tragedy mixed in with happy endings. This one was just bittersweet. After book one, I didn't really relate to the characters anymore. ...more
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. The violence is still extreme; the Alphas still confident in their superiority and the Omegas victimised and ruined.

Some interesting little twists feature in this.
Karen’s Library
The Forever Ship was a decent ending to The Fire Sermon series. I did glaze over a bit in the middle but was hooked again about 60% in.

Some of the scenes were a tad much, and if I could have put my fingers over my eyes (like I do when I'm watching TV) I would have.

I was satisfied with the ending.
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 I liked the first two books of this series,  The Fire Sermon  and  The Map of Bones . I mean, it wasn't exactly my favorite series of all time, but it was solid. And I was looking forward to this conclusion! In many ways, it was satisfying, but in a few key ways it did let me down a bit. As always, let's start with the good stuff! Oh, and I will try to keep this spoil ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

THE FOREVER SHIP is an unflinching portrayal of revolution. War is more than fighting. It’s starvation, waiting, and unwinnable situations. For every victory in THE FOREVER SHIP there is an equal devastating loss. Part of this is due to the world building, which has the perfect specimens of the Alphas unbalanced by their disabled Omega twin. The Omegas are fighting to save Elsewhere and destroy the Council, while the Alpha’s want to maintain their supe
*Source* Edelweiss
*Genre* Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic
*Rating* 3.5


The Forever Ship is the third and final installment in author Francesca Haig's The Fire Sermon trilogy. This book picks up right where The Map of Bones left off. Haig has created a world that is 400 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
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars!

Didn't enjoy this one as much as the first two and I believe I gave them 5 stars each!
Allen Adams
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it

There’s nothing quite like a literary trilogy. As a reader, there’s something wonderful about seeing a story unfold over the course of three books; you get more detailed narrative than in a single book without having to deal with the nebulous endpoint of an ongoing series.

In many ways, three is the magic number.

It’s certainly magic for Francesca Haig, whose new novel “The Forever Ship” marks the third and final installment of her “Fire Sermon” series. It i
James Rhodes
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
I loved the first two books of this series, the prose was so wonderfully rich, the narrative tension well maintained and I was looking forward to a solid conclusion. Unfortunately, I just didn't feel it with this one. The third book of a trilogy is generally the weakest but this seemed unusually weak. The first half of the novel is devoid of action and the only tension comes from the cast being in the same place and the possible presence of a traitor. There is no sense of events driving to any c ...more
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ableist world-building, but the protags are working to make things fairer. Murder, self-harm, suicide, war, torture. A bloody book. Not sure how I feel about the ending.
May 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A satisfying ending to this trilogy and I understood why it ended the way it did, but it made me sad. But definitely a series worth reading!
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
So ends The Fire Sermon trilogy.

While the first book in this series is easily the strongest (and could arguably stand alone), The Forever Ship offered an interesting conclusion to Zach and Cass’s story. It recovers most of the suspenseful pacing that was lost in The Map of Bones, and the inevitable conflict of Alpha vs. Omega more or less resolves.

First, the criticisms: this is unquestionably a young adult series, and there are some predictable plot twists that more seasoned readers will see
T.E. Shepherd
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What is there more to say about to this book other than it is the explosive finale to the Fire Sermon trilogy of books. For a world where everyone is born with a fatal bond of twinship, where one twin is healthy and the other disabled in some form and they are segregated as such into rival 'races' - the Alphas and the Omegas - there is only one way that this story can end.

For one cannot live if the other doesn't survive.

Francesca Haig keeps you guessing though. Cass is a seer thoug
We finally get to read the third installment in the 'Fire Sermon' trilogy! If I had to rate all three books it would be in order 'The Fire Sermon', 'The Forever Ship' and then 'The Map of Bones'. I was disappointed with the second book and I had hoped the third wouldn't be the same. Luckily it turned out to be much better in my opinion. The whole series and world that Cass and her friends live in is bleak but the second book just felt too bleak. It didn't feel like there was anything good in it ...more
Leah Sobernheim
Overall, I was kind of disappointed with this trilogy. I think it had a really interesting concept, but I just had some issues with the characterization. Mainly with Cass.

First of all I’m confused why the author never described what literally anyone looked like? Not even hair or eye color. It’s not a deal breaker, but it’s just weird reading an entire trilogy and still having no idea what anyone looks like.

Second of all I feel like Cass didn’t grow much as a character. She just kept having the
Amy Braun
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. That was a great ending. Bittersweet, but nonetheless powerful and moving. Even better, the entire book was like this. From beginning to end, it was a rewarding and harrowing journey that honestly had me nervous to turn the pages since I had no idea who was going to make it out alive... if anyone was. The characters came a long way, with more depth being added to Zoe, the Ringmaster, and even Zach (who I loooooooathe). New characters like Paloma were fantastic and added a lot more tension t ...more
Jamie Lea
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
I enjoyed the series as a whole but I wasn't very satisfied with the ending of this book. I also found Cass quite irritating in this last book and feel that the ending made me dislike her more. I would have liked more at the end. I did find it interesting to learn more about Zach and feel that The Ringmaster could've been explored a bit more too.
Unfortunately this isn't a series I would be rushing to re-read. But on the whole a strong series and the style of writing is fantastic.
I'm struggling to get into this one. It's been so long since I read the first book, and then stumbled my way through the second, there is far too much for me to try to remember to really enjoy this one and I don't have the time at the moment for a series re-read. ...more
Adam Turner
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I found it hard to get into this final instalment in the series. Beatifully written, but just too slow moving until the last 1/3 - so much so that it was a struggle at the start to keep reading it.
But I liked the ending (when I finally got there!) - nicely done.
Lovely Loveday
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
An action-packed read about what it is like to put your life in the hands of your twin.
Oct 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
I see the appeal I do, but weak characters should be a thing of the past.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is not immediately apparently what ship The Forever Ship by Francesca Haig is referring to. The ship that comes from a more advanced country to save a violently divided nation? That same ship, but seen in the light of its potential to doom everyone? A metaphorical ship, bearing the final fate of humanity?

Well, Haig is a poet, and one skilled with multivalence. This final book in her apocalyptic trilogy is deeply layered with meaning as we enter the final stages of a conflict between Alphas a
Amy Verkruissen
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Forever Ship by Francesca Haig is the third and final book in the dystopian series entitled The Fire Sermon. This story takes up after Cass and the rebels that are fighting against the Alpha's and their plan to tank all of the Omega twins to ensure their perpetual safety.
I found that in this book I did not connect with Cass as much as I had in the previous two books. She seemed more remote and withdrawn now that her visions of the the blast consume her frequently. Her relationship with her
Adam Almon
This ending of this trilogy stands up as about the same as the prior two books. They are not terrible, but far from great. The writing is predictable, and the logic behind why events happen rarely make any sense. But the action and twists in this book were good enough to salvage a 3/5 rating for the series. The premise is such a cool idea, and I love stories of resistance groups fighting their oppressors, so this is why I was able to finish these books.
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Post-apocalyptic domain of twins where one is born perfect (Alpha) and the other is born of the opposite sex with mutations and handicaps (Omega). This is an intense trilogy that asks deep questions of who we are a society, questions of power and privilege, what we value, and what is the meaning of humanity.
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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

Other books in the series

The Fire Sermon (3 books)
  • The Fire Sermon (The Fire Sermon, #1)
  • The Map of Bones (The Fire Sermon, #2)

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