Book Review: The Fire Sermon (Francesca Haig)

Publisher: HarperVoyager

Pages: 432

Release Date: July 30th 2015

Summary (from Goodreads):

What would you do if you had to leave everything you knew behind?

If what made you perfect also made you an outcast?

If your twin, once your only friend, was now your worst enemy?
Since the blast that reshaped the earth, only twins are born. The imperfect one of each pair is branded at birth and sent away. Twins share nothing but the moment of their death: when one dies, so does the other. But Cass and her twin Zach cannot be separated.

In this scorched and broken world, Cass’s bond with her brother may be the most dangerous thing of all.

Review:

Despite this taking forever to read (think I had a little bit of a reading slump) I really enjoyed this book.

The idea of everyone being born with a twin, one Alpha and one Omega, destined to die at the same time, was really fascinating. I liked the idea of twins being used against each other politically: it’s such a powerful bargaining chip.

The book started off a bit slow for me: it felt like there was a lot of back story and info-dumping and I just wanted to skip ahead a bit and get to the real action. But once it got going it was great. I loved Cass’ view on the twins situation, and it didn’t feel too unbelievable either. Her’s and Zach’s upbringing together, rather than separated, gave that strong bond between them which influenced her feelings towards twins, instead of her just being ‘special’ etc. And until she pointed out that when fighting Alphas, Omegas were dying somewhere too, I hadn’t even thought of that.

I called the plot twist a little before it happened, but it kept me guessing for most of the book so I can’t complain. The climax was still surprising, although I felt it was a little bit dragged out and could have ended with a bit more of a bang.

The pacing of the book felt a bit off – everything was just a bit slow, and there was so much travelling it sometimes all blurred together. It made it a struggle to read sometimes: once I did it was great, but the idea of going back to it wasn’t always appealing, which was a shame. It’s made me struggle with what rating to give it: I started off on 4 as it was really interesting, but I’ve knocked a star off for not gripping me enough. Still, I’m looking forward to the sequel and hope that captures me more.

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