Key Stage: Year 9+
Reviewer: Ms Carter-Dunn
The Fire Sermon, Francesca Haig (2014)
Four hundred 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. Of each pair one is an Alpha – physically perfect in every way – and the other an Omega burdened with deformity, small or large. Omegas are branded and ostracized while the Alphas have gathered the world’s sparse resources for themselves. Though proclaiming their superiority, for all their effort Alphas cannot escape one harsh fact: whenever one twin dies, so does the other.
Cass is a rare Omega, one burdened with psychic foresight. While her twin, Zach, gains power on the Alpha Council, she dares to dream the most dangerous dream of all: equality. For daring to envision a world in which Alphas and Omegas live side by side as equals, both the Council and the Resistance have her in their sights.
This is the first in a series of three books.
Positives: I really enjoyed the drama and adventure. There are a lot of dangerous situations that Cass encounters and it kept me at the edge of my seat.
Negatives: It’s not as descriptive as other YA novels and that let it down in parts.