The fire sermon : a novel
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|Kirtland Community College Library||PR 9619.4 .A34 F57 2016||30775305511199||General Collection||Available||-|
- ISBN: 1476767211
- ISBN: 9781476767215
- ISBN: 9781476767246
370 pages ; 21 cm
- Edition: First Gallery books trade paperback edition.
- Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2016.
- Copyright: ©2015
|Summary, etc.:||"Four hundred years after a nuclear apocalypse, all humans are born in pairs: the deformed Omegas, who are exploited and oppressed, and their Alpha twins, who have inherited the earth -- or what's left of it. But despite their claims of superiority, the Alphas cannot escape one harsh fact: whenever one twin dies, so does the other. Cass is a rare Omega whose mutation is psychic foresight -- not that she needs it to know that as her powerful twin, Zach, ascends the ranks of the ruling Alpha Council, she's in grave danger. Zach has a devastating plan for Omega annihilation. Cass has visions of an island where a bloody Omega resistance promises a life of freedom. But her real dream is to discover a middle way, one that would bring together the sundered halves of humanity. And that means both the Council and the resistance have her in their sights."--Page 4 of cover.|
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Publishers Weekly Review
The Fire Sermon
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Best known for her poetry, Haig debuts as a novelist with this first installment of a post-apocalyptic, dystopian trilogy. Centuries after a devastating nuclear war, all children are born as twins: a physically perfect Alpha paired with a deformed or mutated Omega. The Alphas oppress and shun their opposites, but if either an Alpha or an Omega dies, their twin is psychically constrained to die as well. Cass, an Omega with vaguely defined psychic abilities, is imprisoned by her brother, who has risen to prominence among the Alphas. When she escapes, she rescues the amnesiac Kip and discovers a terrifying secret about the Alphas' ultimate plan for dealing with the Omegas. Haig presents a scenario ripe with potential, but the harsh divide between the Alphas and Omegas is hard to believe in, given their inherent dependence on one another. Cass's powers work conveniently as the plot demands, and the twists still carry an air of familiarity. Haig's prose is almost wistfully descriptive, elevating the otherwise tired story. Agent: Sasha Raskin, Agency Group. (Mar.) Â© Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The Fire Sermon
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*Starred Review* This imaginative postapocalyptic tale is set 400 years after a catastrophic nuclear event causes a genetic mutation among the earth's remaining inhabitants. Humans are now born as mutually dependent twin sets (when one dies, so does the other), with one twin a physically flawless Alpha and the other a physically (or psychically) deformed Omega who is banished to a strictly controlled colony shortly after birth. Omega Cass possesses the rare mutation of psychic foresight, while her Alpha twin, Zach, swiftly rises through the government ranks to become a powerful and ruthless player in Alpha politics. As Omega oppression grows in harshness, Cass must find a way to bring all humans together before they destroy each other. As an award-winning poet, Haig's prose is gorgeous and engaging, particularly when she describes the desolate landscape, now peppered with ruins from the Before. Fans of dystopias will appreciate this adventure-filled yet character-focused tale that offers hope and explores (in a refreshingly nuanced way) the moral complexities involved in defeating an oppressive and backward government structure.--Price, Kerri Copyright 2015 Booklist
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The Fire Sermon
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Starred Review. A nuclear apocalypse has devastated the human race and planet Earth. Animal species are wiped out, the ground no longer produces enough food, and humans now have a genetic quirk-all babies are born as twins, one deformed and one "perfect." This determines a child's station in life, either as member of the ruling class known as Alphas, or the downtrodden Omegas. As children Cass and Zach are both "perfect," until Zach betrays Cass's hidden Omega secret. Cass can see the future, a dangerous and feared ability that only occurs in rare Omegas. Meanwhile, Zach prospers in the Alpha hierarchy and works toward building a society that will all but destroy the Omegas. Cass sees the future her brother envisions and journeys to find help from a hidden Omega resistance, hoping to change the course of humanity. VERDICT In her fiction debut, award-winning poet Haig beautifully details a ruined world and primitive society divided by class. Readers who enjoy the "Hunger Games" series, Pierce Brown's Red Rising, and like-minded dystopian literature will enjoy this first title in a trilogy.-Jennifer Funk, McKendree Univ. Lib., Lebanon, IL (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.