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The Map of Bones (Fire Sermon, Book 2) by [Haig, Francesca]
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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.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1845 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (7 April 2016)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00YGC2PZG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135,103 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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CONTENT WARNING: The world is very ableist: the whole concept of Alphas and Omegas, and how Omegas are treated. Also, if you're pregnant, you may want to skip Chapter 17.

The problem with reading a sequel more than a year after its predecessor is that my memory sucks. OK, my memory sucks anyway - a month after reading a book, I may have already forgotten character names. (And reviewing THE MAP OF BONES a month after I read it, my recall is failing.) But I digress.

For the first 100 pages of THE MAP OF BONES, I didn't know where the characters were going and why. And when they formed some kind of army and invaded a town, I didn't understand that, either.

But the best part of the novel is when Cass and Piper find the Maze of Bones, and journey underground. It's dangerous, creepy, and claustrophobic, and what they find in there - and how they struggle to exit - are jaw-dropping scenes of brilliance. These books so far are at their best when they fall on the science part of the spec-fic spectrum. (The epic/high fantasy journeying doesn't work for me.)

Even when confused about the story, one thing is always certain: Zoe is awesome. Unfortunately, the novel's from Cass's point of view, but Zoe is still the best. We learn more about her backstory here. And she goes out on a mission that could change the lives of the Omegas forever...
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I really loved it. Maybe not quite as much as the first one but I still found myself staying up late to finish it. It was just as brilliant in its beautiful scenery and I can forgive a slight underdevelopment in characters because it fits more with the YA genre. I find Cass a bit annoying and I thought her abilities would enhance and grow more over time. An interesting twist towards the end and I'm looking forward to the next book.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 3 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Francesca Haig is a great author. I can't wait for the final 1 February 2017
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Very interesting. Francesca Haig is a great author. I can't wait for the final. I don't know if this idea was developed in other books, but if anyone knows similar books - please share their names.
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for Book 3! 7 June 2016
By Kat Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
***Gifted in exchange for my honest review & I thank the publishers Harper Collins NZ and the Author Francesca Haig***

This is Book 2 of the series IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK YET this review will contain spoilers so do not continue...

REVIEW For Book 2:

The book is marketed to be in the similar vein of the Hunger Games, and yes it is similar but it is a slow burn book, it is stoking up the fire, with a few bursts of flame, its about 50% we see any action.
In the Fire Sermon Trilogy, we have the Post-Apocalyptic world and a nation that is run on an Apartheid rule.

The Perfect Alpha's are currently trying to subjugate their Omega Twin's and Cass our Heroine and Omega Seer's twin Zach 'The Reformer' has a hideous plan to "Tank ALL Omega's" so that they will leave the Alpha's to pretend they don't exist and they can have their Utopian perfect world without fear of their Omega Twin inadvertently killing them off.

For me there were a few holes in this scenario of Twins being linked (not physically but that when one twin dies so does the other) and this still does make me wonder why starvation does not affect the Alpha twin?

Any way...onto my thoughts on book 2, well the pace is still 'slow and steady', its not until 50% in that we actually see some action, Cass was very morose and a bit of a winger, and she makes it difficult for Zoe and Piper (the Alpha and Omega Twins of the Resistance) Now these two are the real characters that keep you interested in this series... Piper, even with his one arm, he is a real Fighter, determined not to give up the fight for freedom for the Omega's, and Zoe she tries her best to teach Cass to defend herself.

The trio are war weary and half starved, trying to make their way west to find Sally, the Resistance hero who brought Zoe & Piper up when they were children on the run, as I was saying, these twins who ran away together, rather than be split up as is the norm in their society are the real glue to the trio, they keep her safe as she tries to deal with not only the reoccurring visions of the blast which are becoming more frequent but also dealing with the grief and knowledge of Kip, both his demise and who he was before he was tanked. There is a passage late in the book where Ms Haig revisits this and it was very interesting in the way that their relationships and lives were similar to Cass's.

We have an unlikely alliance made in this story, and this brings in some interesting dialogue on what the relationship of the twinning means to some, and also the taboo of 'Before and Machinery'.

Will the Taboo be enough for the Alpha and Omega to co-exist in the way they did before the harsh tithes and Tanking experiments?

Can there be a cure for the Twinning? Will the Council succeed in Tanking the entirety of the Omega Twins thus creating a world where they can ignore them and bask in their own perfection?
Or will their Alpha arrogance lead them to an even more nightmarish conclusion?

These books give you a story that makes you sit back and think about how you think the survivors would evolve after such a cataclysmic event, are we all doomed to make the mistakes of our forefathers? or can the human race evolve to be a peaceful nation that can make a better world out of the ashes of ours?

My favourite part of this book was the search for the ARK, but am not going to say any more, you need to explore this broken world yourself.

I will be following Ms Haig as I have enjoyed this series so far and look forward to see what other worlds she can bring us, this one makes me wish that we never ever press that button!
4.0 out of 5 stars Jaw-dropping scenes of brilliance 5 May 2016
By Tez Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
CONTENT WARNING: The world is very ableist: the whole concept of Alphas and Omegas, and how Omegas are treated. Also, if you're pregnant, you may want to skip Chapter 17.

The problem with reading a sequel more than a year after its predecessor is that my memory sucks. OK, my memory sucks anyway - a month after reading a book, I may have already forgotten character names. (And reviewing THE MAP OF BONES a month after I read it, my recall is failing.) But I digress.

For the first 100 pages of THE MAP OF BONES, I didn't know where the characters were going and why. And when they formed some kind of army and invaded a town, I didn't understand that, either.

But the best part of the novel is when Cass and Piper find the Maze of Bones, and journey underground. It's dangerous, creepy, and claustrophobic, and what they find in there - and how they struggle to exit - are jaw-dropping scenes of brilliance. These books so far are at their best when they fall on the science part of the spec-fic spectrum. (The epic/high fantasy journeying doesn't work for me.)

Even when confused about the story, one thing is always certain: Zoe is awesome. Unfortunately, the novel's from Cass's point of view, but Zoe is still the best. We learn more about her backstory here. And she goes out on a mission that could change the lives of the Omegas forever...