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.

4 05, 2016

Review: THE MAP OF BONES by Francesca Haig

By | Wednesday, May 4, 2016|4 Comments

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.

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 […]

21 03, 2016

Review: THE FIRE SERMON by Francesca Haig

By | Monday, March 21, 2016|6 Comments

Review: THE FIRE SERMON by Francesca HaigThe Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig
Series: The Fire Sermon #1
Also in this series: The Map of Bones (Fire Sermon, Book 2)
Published by Simon and Schuster on March 10th 2015
Pages: 384
Genres: Fiction, Action & Adventure, Fantasy, General, Science Fiction, Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic, Genetic Engineering, Dystopian
Also by this author: The Map of Bones (Fire Sermon, Book 2)
Hardcover provided by The Library

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The Hunger Games meets Cormac McCarthy’s The Road in this richly imagined first novel in a new post-apocalyptic trilogy by award-winning poet Francesca Haig.

Four hundred years in the future, the Earth has turned primitive following a nuclear fire that has 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.

With the Council ruling an apartheid-like society, 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 story follows the synopsis pretty well. The Fire Sermon definitely has Cormac McCarthy’s The Road feel to it. In the far future, after a nuclear apocalypse, the survivors carry a genetic abnormality. Every baby is born a fraternal twin, one boy one girl. One twin is “normal” (Alpha), the other twin has a […]

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