Monday, January 5, 2015

The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig - ADVISABLE

Haig, Francesca The Fire Sermon, 384 p.  Gallery Books, MARCH 2015.  Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG.

It’s hundred of years since an apocalyptic event almost end the world.  In the last few generations, everyone is born with a twin – one boy and one girl.  One, the Alpha,  is perfect in every way and the other, the Omega,  always has a birth defect of some sort.  The perfect ones hate their twins, but they are linked in another vital way – if one of them dies, the other also dies instantly.  Cass manages to hid her defect until she is 13, because her defect is the ability to see the future, rare and invisible.  When her twin finally forces her confession, he launches himself on a path of revenge against not only her, but all Omega twins.  If he can’t kill them, he will find some way to neutralize them all.  Cass just wants to be left alone to live her life as best she can with all of the cards stacked against her – like all Omegas.  

I had the hardest time buying into the premise that people whose very existence is tied to a twin who they treat worse than dirt or animals.  Beyond that, the book is well plotted and well-rounded, with some great hidden gems of story line.  So -  little fantastic in basic theme, but a great read beyond that. 

MS, HS – ADVISABLE.  Cindy, Library Teacher, MLS.

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