13 May 2016

The Map of Bones - Review

The Map of Bones - The Fire Sermon #2
by Francesca Haig






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What they say: Book Two in the critically acclaimed The Fire Sermon trilogy—The Hunger Games meets Cormac McCarthy’s The Road in this richly imagined post-apocalyptic series 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.


ISBN: 9781476767192 - Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books - 3rd May



Buy links:
Amazon US * Amazon UK



I received a copy from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review!


What I say: Disclaimer - I did reread book one The Fire Sermon before starting The Map of Bones and the refresher definitely helped me to remember all the twists and turns of Haig's complicated world.


If you're reading this review I'm going to presume you've already read book one. When the action picks up in The Map of Bones Cass is in a bad place and a whole world of pain. She's on the run from her evil twin Zach and is struggling with what happened to Kip. The pace was a little slow for the beginning section and I wasn't entirely sure of the timescale. I found myself questioning how long they spend travelling from place to place.

I like the concept of the Alpha and Omega twins and really enjoyed the book once the action and pacing started to increase. My favourite parts were when Cass and Piper were on the hunt in the super creepy maze, and all the drama which came with it.


I have a complicated relationship with Cass because I can never fully decide whether I like her or not. Sometimes she's melancholy and mopey, whilst other times she's badass and kinda awesome. Also don't get me started on Zach!

My favourite character is definitely Zoe. I loved her mysterious moodiness and I particularly appreciated where Haig takes her back story. 


Do we get all the answers regarding the origins of the Alphas and Omegas? No, but we are treated to some big revelations, which, in turn pose more questions. I like to think Haig is building up to a dramatic conclusion.

3.5 - 4 Stars in my Sky!



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