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The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig
  

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A futuristic tale set some 400 years after a global nuclear war where conditions have reverted back to a sort of medieval state. Births are always twins, one alpha, healthy and strong, one omega, deformed in some way. They are split at birth but the omegas are not killed for whatever happens to them is reflected in their twin. We follow a couple of misfits, perfect twins it seems, who become confused and eventually able to challenge and attempt to destroy the system. [Lots goes on for some twenty-five per cent of the book and then it all slows down a bit as things are set in place for the sequel no doubt.]

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The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig

When Zach and I were born our parents must have counted and recounted: limbs, fingers, toes. We were perfect. They would have been disbelieving - nobody dodged the split between Alpha and Omega. Nobody. They were born together and they will die together. One strong Alpha twin and one mutated Omega; the only thing they share is the moment of their death. The Omegas live in segregation, cast out by their families as soon as their mutation becomes clear. Forced to live apart, they are ruthlessly oppressed by their Alpha counterparts. The Alphas are the elite. Once their weaker twin has been cast aside, they're free to live in privilege and safety, their Omega twin far from their thoughts. Cass and Zach are both perfect on the outside: no missing limbs, no visible Omega mutation. But Cass has a secret: one that Zach will stop at nothing to expose. The potential to change the world lies in both their hands. One will have to defeat the other to see their vision of the future come to pass, but if they're not careful both will die in the struggle for power.

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'A hell of a ride. I would recommend it to anyone I can, regardless of age'
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About the Author

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.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Francesca Haig

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Hardback

Categories

Horror - Fantasy - SF
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9780007563050

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