Review: THE MAP OF BONES by Francesca HaigThe Map of Bones (Fire Sermon, Book 2) by Francesca Haig
Series: The Fire Sermon #2
Also in this series: The Fire Sermon
Published by Gallery Books on April 7th 2016
Pages: 448
Genres: Fiction, General, Fantasy
Also by this author: The Fire Sermon
eARC provided by Gallery Books

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‘Set in a vividly realised world of elite Alphas and their ‘weaker’ Omega twins, it holds a mirror up to our obsession with perfection’ Guardian
The second book in Francesca Haig’s incredible Fire Sermon series.
The Omega resistance has been brutally attacked, its members dead or in hiding.
The Alpha Council’s plan for permanently containing the Omegas has begun.
But all is not entirely lost: the Council’s seer, The Confessor, is dead, killed by her twin’s sacrifice.
Cass is left haunted by visions of the past, while her brother Zach’s cruelty and obsession pushes her to the edge, and threatens to destroy everything she hopes for.
As the country moves closer to all-out civil war, Cass will learn that to change the future she will need to uncover the past. But nothing can prepare her for what she discovers: a deeply buried secret that raises the stakes higher than ever before.

Reading time 3 mins

I really enjoyed the first book in this series The Fire Sermon. Map of Bones is the second book in this series.

**This review contains major spoilers for book one.**

Map of Bones continues with it’s dark setting and bleak future for the survivors of nuclear fallout. This story follows Cass after the death of Kip. Cass is accompanied by siblings Piper (the former leader of the Omegas) and Zoe. Zoe is an alpha twin who chose to stay with her Omega brother and be part of the resistance. Once they join up with other resistance Omegas things move at a crazy pace. They are gonna make a discovery that changes everything for the Alphas in control and might be enough to gain an edge for the resistance.

I really liked Zoe and Piper. I think both of their backgrounds lead Cass to the place she needs to be as a seer for the resistance. This story starts off a little slow as they gain each others trust and figure out how to live together. Zoe and Piper add so much to this story, that I don’t think a review can be done without mentioning them. Zoe is an alpha so her very presence shows that some people can overcome their prejudices and live together.

Once they meetup with other Omegas and the soldiers for the resistance, we are back to square one with the prejudice about seers. Actually, prejudice is a reoccurring theme in this story. I can see that almost everyone in this world harbors a little prejudice and it keeps them from co-habitation. Alliances are made for some different groups but it is not without problems and daily struggle.

I honestly didn’t enjoy the first 50% that much. I was really sad thinking I would have to write a negative review after liking the first book so much. There was a lot of idle time traveling and back and forth in conversations. I felt like these characters are on the run for so long, and then after that 50% mark the focus is off running and on to something else (it was a weird transition). I almost gave up on the book, to be honest. I am glad I didn’t but readers should be aware that the beginning is slow going.

There are some big things revealed in this story. One thing that is revealed answers a lot of “how in the hell?” questions I had in the first book. The other gave me major angst for the fate of Cass. Those big things saved the story for me and made me so excited to read the next book in this series. They didn’t completely save my rating though.

My Rating

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About Francesca Haig

Francesca Haig grew up in Tasmania, gained her PhD from the University of Melbourne, and was a senior lecturer at the University of Chester. Her poetry has been published in literary journals and anthologies in both Australia and England, and her first collection of poetry, BODIES OF WATER, was published in 2006. In 2010 she was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship. She lives in London with her husband and son.

Francesca’s novel, THE FIRE SERMON, is the first in a post-apocalyptic trilogy, and is being translated into more than 20 languages.

I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.

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