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The Map of Bones (The Fire Sermon) Hardcover – May 3, 2016
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From Publishers Weekly
Haig’s second Fire Sermon novel continues the postapocalyptic saga in which humanity has survived in the form of pairs of genetically “perfect” Alphas and sterile, “deformed” Omegas. Each Alpha-Omega pair is psychically connected so that if one twin dies, so does the other. The Alphas have systematically oppressed their siblings and are moving ahead on an aggressive plan to place them in suspended animation using taboo technology. Omega and seer Cass is determined to thwart this, especially since her own twin, Zach, is its mastermind. But to save Omegas everywhere, she has to rekindle an all-but-destroyed rebellion and locate the fabled Ark, a last-ditch storehouse of information and technology predating the nuclear war that destroyed civilization. Haig fleshes out her radiation-scarred dystopian setting and its intrigues, as well as touching upon the last survivors of the old world. It’s a grim, atmospheric tale featuring unpleasant decisions and morally compromised characters, with very little brightness to balance it out, but Haig does interject the occasional positive note. Much is left unresolved, of course, setting up the final installment. Agent: Juliet Mushens, United Talent Agency. (May)\n
"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))
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Cass, Piper, and Zoe travel their way west starving, mournful, shunned, and desperate but nonetheless shuffling across the blighted land in search of Sally, an Omega who once successfully infiltrated the Alpha Council, and towards the sea in hope of finding survivor ships that may have returned bearing good news. Their rebellion and sanctuary have been smothered as thick currents of blood trickle between the stones in reminder of the failed island…but change must come, it has to.
The plot of this book contains lots of planning, enough action, and a plethora of hatred and hope as it plods along at a steady pace. The darkness of humanity is not shielded or sugarcoated but it also cannot negate the power and unyielding force of hope and change.
Gritty, ashen, and complicated THE MAP OF BONES continues The Fire Sermon series with moves and counter-moves as the Alphas clutch their dominance and stroke their blessed reigns of power while the Omegas dig deep into the earth for strength and lift their heads high in resilience. Elsewhere is calling but the blast is coming…
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All readers should give the Fire Sermon a try.
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This is going to sound strange, but I liked this book better than the first book.Read more