The Fire Sermon

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The Fire Sermon

By Francesca Haig

Gallery Books, Hardcover, 9781476767185, 384pp.

Publication Date: March 10, 2015

"The Hunger Games" meets Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" in this richly imagined first novel in a new post-apocalyptic trilogy 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.

About the Author
Francesca Haig grew up in Tasmania, gained her PhD from the University of Melbourne, and was a senior lecturerat 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. Shelives in London with her husband and son.