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The Forever Ship (Fire Sermon) Hardcover – 2017
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"A beautiful, brutal story about what it means to be human, and what's worth fighting for." (Lauren DeStefano, New York Times Bestselling author of The Chemical Garden trilogy)
“A powerful post-apocalyptic story with unusual emotional depth and clear, often beautiful language, this is one genre fans won't want to miss.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review on THE MAP OF BONES)
“Thrilling, emotionally engaging, booby-trapped with some incredibly inventive twists and turns and some excellent action sequences and, from beginning to end, it is intensely moving…Francesca Haig’s writing is exquisite, loaded with turns of phrase and lines of dialogue that are so perfect and so beautifully realized, it reminds us how powerful the written word can be…You have got to read these books, they are storytelling at its absolute finest.” (Starburst Magazine on THE MAP OF BONES)
"With captivating storytelling and an equally captivating heroine in Cass, Haig’s latest in her Fire Sermon trilogy truly excites. An intricately crafted plot with intense conflict and distinctive, flawed characters make this story hard to put down." (RT book reviews on MAP OF BONES)
“Readers who enjoy the Hunger Games series, Pierce Brown’s Red Rising, and like-minded dystopian literature will enjoy this first title in a trilogy.” (Library Journal on The Fire Sermon, starred review)
"As an award-winning poet, Haig's prose is gorgeous and engaging, particularly when she describes the desolate landscape, now peppered with ruins from the Before. Fans of dystopias will appreciate this adventure-filled yet character-focused tale that offers hope and explores (in a refreshingly nuanced way) the moral complexities involved in defeating an oppressive and backward government structure." (Booklist, starred review)
"Debut novelist Haig builds a richly textured world and creates characters who immediately feel real. The suspense of the plot, driven by the fear and anger underlying this unbreakable bond between twins, never flags. Haig's experience as a poet shows in her writing, which is clear, forceful and laced with bright threads of beauty. With its well-built world, vivid characters and suspenseful plot, this book, the first in a planned trilogy, is poised to become the next must-read hit." (Kirkus Reviews on The Fire Sermon, starred review)
"Set in a vividly realised world of elite Alphas and their ‘weaker’ Omega twins, [this series] holds a mirror up to our obsession with perfection.” (Guardian)
"A potential heir to the Hunger Games.” (Vulture)
"The Fire Sermon is an undeniable page-turner... At the heart of Haig's worldbuilding is a precious love story between Cass and a fellow Omega on the run named Kip. The writing surrounding these two beautifully demonstrates Haig's craft. If you thought Peeta Mellark had a big fan club, just you wait. There will be copious amounts of kissy fan art and montage videos. You can count on it." (Bookshots (LitReactor))
“Fantasy and sci-fi fans finally have a book they can bond over. This is going to be a series to watch." (RT Book Reviews)
“The best post-apocalyptic novel I’ve read in years – it’s dark, deep, and doesn’t conform to the dystopian tropes we’ve all come to expect.” (The Mary Sue)
“A beautifully written tale of a dark and often unforgiving post-apocalyptic world . . . a spectacular introduction to the series." (Fresh Fiction)
"Words like 'masterpiece' and 'instant classic' are cliché, but in the case of Francesca Haig's astounding The Fire Sermon, they're the only words to use. It's a breath-taking, passionate, absolutely sensational work of imagination, perfectly structured, beautifully written, populated with fabulous characters and packed with intrigue, violence, compassion and underlined by a very important human message that is always present without ever becoming homily. The Fire Sermon is completely without equal – it leaves Hunger Games, Divergence, Twilight blah blah-yawn twitching in the dust." (Starburst Magazine)
"A hell of a ride. I would recommend it to anyone I can, regardless of age." (James Oswald, author of Natural Causes) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Francesca Haig grew up in Tasmania, gained her PhD from the University of Melbourne, and was a senior lecturer at the University of Chester. Her poetry has been published in literary journals and anthologies in both Australia and England, and her first collection of poetry, Bodies of Water, was published in 2006. In 2010 she was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship. The Fire Sermon, her first novel, was published in 2015. She lives in London with her husband and son. Visit FrancescaHaig.com and follow her on Twitter @FrancescaHaig. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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For better or for worse, I have been waiting on this book with bated breath. I was hooked from the very beginning of The Fire Sermon, and had no doubt that I would see it through to the end. While I finished the series with more of a lukewarm attitude than the fervor with which I began, I’m still so glad I read it.
The Forever Ship was good. But it wasn’t great. It didn’t pull me in like the previous books. Maybe that’s because of how phenomenal the series has been to date, and my expectations were too high? Or maybe it’s because it reads like a series of shorter events, rather than one major one. The first books felt like they were building to some climax, but this one was wrapping everything up, answering all the questions and tying up loose ends. Even some of the scenes were chopped into tiny bits only pages long, more like blinks, brief thoughts muttered in passing. There was a lot of introspection, Cass spent a lot of time doubting her decisions, battling with grief and guilt, struggling to forgive herself for everything her twin did.
The characters are all the same we’ve come to know and love in the previous books, minus the ones we’ve lost along the way, but I hope you’re not too attached to them. With the battles becoming more intense, you know more death is bound to happen. It makes it doubly hard when every single death is two-fold, a twin dying with every beloved death. The impact is twice as vicious. And, as it can only be when war is involved, the book is pretty brutal at times. Some scenes were extremely mature, and readers should be wary. There is no shortage of blood and carnage, pain and torture. **I won’t judge you if you skip the gory parts.**
Since the whole series is about the evolution of the world, turning it into something shiny and new, change is not only inevitable; it’s required. In this aspect, I’m a little on the fence. I’m not sure how believable it is that some characters are capable of change. We’ve come to see the actions of some, squarely categorized as villains. Others as heroes. The lines are getting blurred at this late stage of the game, but when all was said and done, I didn’t finish the series feeling satisfied with where it left me.
Overall, the series carries an important moral. Perhaps a little heavy-handed at times, but important nonetheless. It was nice to finally see the outcome for all the setup. After two books of “us vs them”, and it was finally turning into a collective “we”. I would have liked an epilogue, years in the future, to see all of their hard work come to fruition. We have to assume it didn’t fail…
I still have a lot of thinking to do with the books, and I’ll likely read them all again. I highly recommend the series for dystopian fans!
With all the various dystopian/apocalyptic novels out and about, this series was a truly original one with it's overarching story line of the ruined world birthing twins who are connected not only in life, but in death. When one feels pain, so does the other, when one dies, so does the other. One is the Alpha the 'perfect,normal twin' while the other is the Omega, the 'different twin' whom may be missing a limb, have an extra limb, or maybe a gift not seen (like our main narrator Cass) where they have the ability to see the future. This was very unique and so well written for all three novels.
Now, the first novel was surprising and enthralling. I was concerned about the second novel, since often times the second in a trilogy seems to lull about and is merely a bridge, not the case! Then this novel, just wow. A spectacular ending in this original series. Although this is a trilogy and best read together, there are certainly some aspects that would almost seem as though these novels could stand on their own.
This novel picks up not far after the end of the second novel, where the resistance is gaining power and ideas as they are continuing to fight against the Alphas. Except now the resistance is made up of Alphas and Omegas and Cass is on the hunt again for her twin, Zach, known as the Reformer. Then an unexpected gift appears on the porch, Zach asking for shelter. Unknown how to deal with this, the resistance takes him in as a prisoner and continues their missions to set Omegas free and take away power from the Alphas. I don't want to spoil anymore, just read it! I'm highly impressed that the author really did tie up a lot of different story lines then I even realized, but again, highly impressed and enjoyed this movie a great deal.
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