The Map of Bones (The Fire Sermon #2)
by 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.
When I started reading Map of Bones, I wish I had read the first book in the series, because I was a little overwhelmed by the events Cass and her twin had encountered. It was like I missed a whole lot of issues and important battles. I was kind of lost in the situation that the characters were under.
But then, the author made sure to insert some important parts that had happened in Book 1, so in the next few chapters, I was able to follow through.
I learned about Cass who was with the twins Piper and Zoe and they were on the run after the island they had known was destroyed. There were also a group of resistance fighters but somehow they got scattered.
Cass is an Omega who had defects, and that is being a seer. She had the gift of foresight, she could see and predict the future. Having this gift was an advantage to her, because she knew that sooner or later, the rebels will require her talent.
The emergence of machines and progressive technology amassed danger and destructive power, thus the society lived in fear, especially after The Blast. It was up to Cass’s visions and Piper and the rest of the resistance to build an army that would stop further genocide in Future Earth.
So far, the part that really got me interested was at the latter portion of the book, when Cass and Piper had discovered the Maze of the Bones. A dark secret that would blow their minds, including the readers.
Francesca Haig’s writing was beautiful, expressive and eloquent. I got lost with the words she used, they were quite hypnotic. I just can’t say the same with the story though. I had, however, enjoyed the end and anticipate more with the third book.