Wednesday 28 June 2017

Book Review: The Forever Ship by Francesca Haig

Title; The Forever SHip (Fire Sermon #3)
Author: Francesca Haig
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Release date: 30th June 2017
Synopsis: 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.

Review: It felt like it was only a few months ago that I was thinking about this book and how I hadn't heard anything and then suddenly BAM here we are at release date; it'd slunk like the Rosalind out of the either and inserted itself at the top of my TBR pile. It's weird to have come to the end of the series, and i can still feel it lingering inside me. It's on of those books that I still want to more more.

All points in the previous two books have been building up to this point and there were a lot of questions hanging over this. As such this is and was always going to be a 'war book' and needs to be looked at as a reflection of the series.

The Alpha/Omega was a fantastic construction and really comes into force here. We've seen its effects a lot throughout the series but I thin for  the first time, like the characters I really felt it here. There were these simple moments when you get this image of another half just dropping and you think damn, creating these really strong moments in the book. It was strange, and I don't know if this is a good or bad thing, but as I was reading the book I didn't read people in terms of their omega disability, until it was overtly prevalent and mentioned. I saw everyone as people, and I think that was a beautiful over arching theme. We are all just people and we can get along we just have to choose to. Its a message that is soo timely and so appreciated.

The series has been compared to The Road, and I think this was that feeling I got, but didn't really understand until I'd finished the series. There was this constant overhanging bleakness, like an atmosphere that the characters have to live in. In many ways though there are moments of light, it is not a happy book. It is a book of determination and sacrifice, of decision and action pushing the characters to their limits and making you consider and question at every toss and turn. These are characters we have journeyed with so the connections are stronger and their actions have greater consequences. The feels are real! You get jumpy and you think 'don;t you do that', or in some cases you sit on the bus and mutter no no no no to yourself. I'm not ashamed. Piper shone here for me, I have always liked his characterisation and I felt for him more here. Cass who had already been through just as much was pushed to the edge and you wanted to support her, but them shout at her and shake her and hug her.

II was a fitting end to a series, one that I am sad is now over, but I look forward to what is to come!

The Fire Sermon is out now..right now, yes NOW. So grab a copy and let us know what you thought!


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