The Map of Bones

The Fire Sermon, #2

“The Map of Bones” is the second book in “The Fire Sermon” series.

Cass is a very relatable character. Even though she has visions that are debilitating, she is a normal girl who is not only trying to survive her harsh environment but also incredible heartache. I feel bad for her grief and her inevitable descent into madness. As the story progressed, I hoped that she might turn to Piper. He seems like a pretty decent guy who cares about her. I loved Sally--she is a tough elderly lady who still is as sharp as a tack. And I liked the prickly Zoe. I'm glad we dipped into her past a little to find out why she is so snarly and difficult to get close to. I hope to get a chance to read the third installment and see where this story goes.

Cass lost the man she loved and now is having to deal with that loss and her knowledge of the man he once was. She is also reeling from the terrible things her twin has done. He used to be the person she was closest to, but now that is no longer a possibility. He is too far gone into greed and power. Her friends help her and the fact that she cannot dwell in her misery. She has a mission to help the other Omegas. Her visions have led her to new knowledge that may change the world irrevocably. She is tested and stretched to her limit but she struggles on with a new passion: to see equality.

Overall this a good continuation of this series and I’m looking forward to book three.


Book Blurb for The Map of Bones

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.


Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2016 4.00