The Fire Ser­mon

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Post- apoc­a­lyp­tic sib­ling ri­valry

Re­lease Date: 26 Fe­bru­ary

416 pages | Hard­back Au­thor: Francesca Haig Pub­lisher: Harper Voy­ager

So much about The Fire

Ser­mon feels familiar: a world dev­as­tated by war, where peo­ple have re­gressed to a lower level of tech­nol­ogy. Peo­ple are ei­ther priv­i­leged, able- bod­ied Al­phas, or Omegas, who are mu­tated in some way, and re­pressed. The twist is that ev­ery birth is of twins, one Al­pha and one Omega, and when one twin dies, so does the other. The story fol­lows Omega seer Cass, whose Al­pha politi­cian twin is try­ing to im­prison her to pro­tect him­self, as she flees in search of an is­land ruled by Omegas.

The no­tion of so­ci­ety split­ting into an un­der- and over- class is noth­ing new, and an aw­ful lot of re­cent YA nov­els have been cen­tred on the strug­gles of plucky un­der­dogs. That said, what The Fire Ser­mon does, it does well, and it should please Hunger Games fans. Miriam McDon­ald

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