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The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig

The Fire Sermon

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Shortlisted for the Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer at the David Gemmell Awards 2016.

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.] ~ Sarah Broadhurst

If you like Francesca Haig you might also like to read books by Deborah E. Harkness, Margaret Atwood and Laini Taylor.


The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig

When Zach and I were born our parents must have counted and recounted: limbs, fingers, toes. The complete set. They would have been disbelieving - nobody dodged the split between Alpha and Omega. Nobody. Born as twins. Raised as enemies. 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.


'This book is a thought-provoking whirlwind of a story, with a fab lead character, grisly politics and brave adventure. I loved it!'
Jessie Burton

'A hell of a ride. I would recommend it to anyone I can, regardless of age'
James Oswald

'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

'Words like 'masterpiece and 'instant classic are cliche, but in the case of Francesca Haig's astounding The Fire Sermon, they're the only words to use' Starburst Magazine

'This terrific set-up spools out into a high tension tale of mistrust and dependency, injustice and optimism, told with poetic intensity' Daily Mail

'Haig's post-apocalyptic world is colorfully fleshed out, and the conclusion ask us to consider who, really, is the Other' Washington Post

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

19th March 2018


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HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


432 pages


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Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)



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