I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Forever Ship by Francesca Haig
Series: The Fire Sermon
on December 5, 2017
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They were born together and they will die together.
One strong Alpha twin and one mutated Omega; the only thing they share is the moment of their death.
The Omegas live in segregation, cast out by their families as soon as their mutation becomes clear. Forced to live apart, they are ruthlessly oppressed by their Alpha counterparts.
The Alphas are the elite. Once their weaker twin has been cast aside, they’re free to live in privilege and safety, their Omega twin far from their thoughts.
Cass and Zach are both perfect on the outside: no missing limbs, no visible Omega mutation. But Cass has a secret: one that Zach will stop at nothing to expose. The power to change the world lies in both their hands. One will have to defeat the other to see their vision of the future come to pass, but if they’re not careful both will die in the struggle for power.
Book Three 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. "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" (Booklist, starred review).
For better or for worse, I have been waiting on this book with bated breath. I was hooked from the very beginning of The Fire Sermon, and had no doubt that I would see it through to the end. While I finished the series with more of a lukewarm attitude than the fervor with which I began, I’m still so glad I read it.
The Forever Ship was good. But it wasn’t great. It didn’t pull me in like the previous books. Maybe that’s because of how phenomenal the series has been to date, and my expectations were too high? Or maybe it’s because it reads like a series of shorter events, rather than one major one. The first books felt like they were building to some climax, but this one was wrapping everything up, answering all the questions and tying up loose ends. Even some of the scenes were chopped into tiny bits only pages long, more like blinks, brief thoughts muttered in passing. There was a lot of introspection, Cass spent a lot of time doubting her decisions, battling with grief and guilt, struggling to forgive herself for everything her twin did.
The characters are all the same we’ve come to know and love in the previous books, minus the ones we’ve lost along the way, but I hope you’re not too attached to them. With the battles becoming more intense, you know more death is bound to happen. It makes it doubly hard when every single death is two-fold, a twin dying with every beloved death. The impact is twice as vicious. And, as it can only be when war is involved, the book is pretty brutal at times. Some scenes were extremely mature, and readers should be wary. There is no shortage of blood and carnage, pain and torture. **I won’t judge you if you skip the gory parts.**
Since the whole series is about the evolution of the world, turning it into something shiny and new, change is not only inevitable; it’s required. In this aspect, I’m a little on the fence. I’m not sure how believable it is that some characters are capable of change. We’ve come to see the actions of some, squarely categorized as villains. Others as heroes. The lines are getting blurred at this late stage of the game, but when all was said and done, I didn’t finish the series feeling satisfied with where it left me.
Overall, the series carries an important moral. Perhaps a little heavy-handed at times, but important nonetheless. It was nice to finally see the outcome for all the setup. After two books of “us vs them”, and it was finally turning into a collective “we”. I would have liked an epilogue, years in the future, to see all of their hard work come to fruition. We have to assume it didn’t fail…
I still have a lot of thinking to do with the books, and I’ll likely read them all again. I highly recommend the series for dystopian fans!