This book is a thought-provoking whirlwind of a story, with a fab lead character, grisly politics and brave adventure. I loved it!
Set in a vividly realised world of elite Alphas and their ‘weaker’ Omega twins, it holds a mirror up to our obsession with perfection
This terrific set-up spools out into a high tension tale of mistrust and dependency, injustice and optimism, told with poetic intensity
A hell of a ride. I would recommend it to anyone I can
Haig’s post-apocalyptic world is colourfully fleshed out, and the conclusion asks us to consider who, really, is the Other
Words like “masterpiece” and “instant classic” are cliché, but in the case of Francesca Haig’s astounding THE FIRE SERMON, they’re the only words to use.
With its well-built world, vivid characters and suspenseful plot, this book… is poised to become the next must-read hit.
Haig isn’t afraid to take readers into dark places, letting her characters struggle with grief and tough moral choices. Suspense comes as much from uncovering the secrets of the past as from moving inexorably toward the uncertain future. A powerful post-apocalyptic story with unusual emotional depth and clear, often beautiful language, this is one genre fans won’t want to miss.
The Map of Bones is a wonderful book – thrilling, emotionally engaging, booby-trapped with some incredibly inventive twists and turns and some excellent action sequences and, from beginning to end, it is intensely moving. Like its predecessor, this is a book that forces us to consider what it means to be human, and how important it is to respect the humanity in others. Francesca Haig’s writing is exquisite, loaded with turns of phrase and lines of dialogue that are so perfect and so beautifully realised, it reminds us how powerful the written word can be. And, on top of all that, it is – along with The Fire Sermon – the most exciting and rewarding novel we have read in a very very long time. You have got to read these books, they are storytelling at its absolute finest.
Magnifying the bleak conditions and desperation that Cass and her companions have to grapple with, Haig’s prose is both heartbreaking and beautifully rendered.
With captivating storytelling and an equally captivating heroine in Cass, Haig’s latest in her FIRE SERMON trilogy truly excites. An intricately crafted plot with intense conflict and distinctive, flawed characters makes this story hard to put down.
A slow-simmering, character-driven and poetically ambitious nail-biter […]. Haig takes the popular ingénue-in-dystopia trope to a new level with nuanced social commentary written with a poetic and literary flow, and a satisfying emotional cliffhanger sets the stage for the final battle.
THE MAP OF BONES is an excellent continuation of a fascinating series. In a sea of derivative dystopias, this series is a soaring outlier. Haig has given readers a beautifully-written, complicated and often terrifying world. The third (and final) book cannot get here soon enough.
THE MAIN EDGE
The characters are vividly and touchingly realized, and the prose is alive and pleasurable to read. […] This is fantasy of a high order, in the realm of Philip Pullman or Ursula Le Guin. THE MAP OF BONES is a novel for all who like page-turners, who want characters that live and grow with us, and a story that captivates as much as it teaches its readers.
Haig will captivate her readers once again with the beautifully vivid and descriptive language of her storytelling. She pens a well-crafted plot that will grip readers from the start. Readers will find it easy to envision her dystopian world, rife with conflict, and the strong, distinctive characters found within it that enhance the embattled setting. Cass is a uniquely enthralling heroine who embodies a quiet, fierce strength that makes her interesting to read about.
RT BOOK REVIEWS
Haig’s prose is as eloquent and beautiful as ever as she brings her acclaimed series to a close.
THE LIBRARY JOURNAL
A well-wrought and engaging finale to what has proven to be an exquisitely-detailed dystopian vision.
The Forever Ship is a compelling conclusion to what has proven to be an exceptional example of speculative fiction. […] Haig is a marvelous writer – there’s a depth to her prose that is often lacking in genre fiction. […] She has a particular knack for intertwining moments of hope and beauty amidst blocks of bleakness; the post-apocalyptic society she has built is the best kind of overbearing and suffocating, but those flashes of light among the shadows are what really make these stories transcend.
You might think that literary dystopia has nothing left to offer you, but if you have yet to experience this trilogy, you’re wrong. The Fire Sermon, The Map of Bones and now The Forever Ship are formidable, fascinating reading.
THE MAINE EDGE
The Forever Ship is an unflinching portrayal of revolution. […] For every victory in The Forever Ship there is an equal devastating loss.
The writing is what sets The Fire Sermon trilogy apart from other novels. It’s grim and beautiful. Like the character’s in the novel, The Forever Ship isn’t a book you can walk away from unscarred. The words and moments linger far after the book is closed.
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