The Map of Bones: The Fire Sermon (Book 2)
by Francesca Haig
“The Omega resistance has been brutally attacked, its members dead or in hiding.
The Alpha Council’s plan for permanently containing the Omegas has begun.
But all is not entirely lost: the Council’s seer, The Confessor, is dead, killed by her twin’s sacrifice.
Cass is left haunted by visions of the past, while her brother Zach’s cruelty and obsession push her to the edge, and threaten to destroy everything she hopes for.
As the country moves closer to civil war, Cass will learn that to change the future she will need to uncover the past. But nothing can prepare her for what she discovers: a deeply buried secret that raises the stakes higher than ever before.”
After reading The Fire Sermon, I went and bought The Map of Bones straight after, I had to know what happened to Cass, Piper and Zoe. I would highly recommend reading The Fire Sermon first, although it does introduce some aspects (those that are needed), but I think you might struggle without understanding what happened first.
Cass is reeling from Kip’s death, but having to continue with Piper, Zoe and their plans to get back to the Resistance and destroy the tanks. They try to pass the message of the tanks onto the Omegas, but they do not believe or want to believe, until they come across a bard who they tell their message to and he believes them enough to turn it into a song. They end up meeting up with an old friend of Piper and Zoe, and another seer (one who has gone ‘mad’), this causes Cass’ visions to spiral while near them.
My favourite part was pretty much all of it, I was engrossed from the first word! It got me hooked the whole way through, I was completely guessing what they were going to do, there are some points where I was horrified at what happened and wanted to stop reading, but I could not put the book down. I love the way it is a first person narrative, I also love the fight scenes, they are quite realistic and well-written.
I much prefer the way that the author wrote in The Map of Bones compared to The Fire Sermon (at least the first half). It kept me going through all the emotions, there were several places where I was almost crying, I was horrified, shocked, tense, sad, happy, pretty much everything, I was an emotional wreck going back down to work after my lunch break one day when reading The Map of Bones.
Cass is still my favourite character, she is so real, so emotionally raw and fragile, while having to hold it together and act as though everything is normal. Pretty much like a lot women everyday. I like how she is relatable to normal people, while being a ‘fantasy’ character. She has developed a lot since the start of The Fire Sermon and she develops more in The Map of Bones. I also like Piper and Zoe, I liked them in The Fire Sermon, but they develop a lot more in The Map of Bones and you get to know a bit more about their backstories. There are several smaller characters that I like in The Map of Bones and others that pop back from The Fire Sermon that I missed.
The Map of Bones did end on a cliffhanger, this is because it is the second of a trilogy and the third book is currently being written/edited. I am now waiting for it to come out, very impatiently!
The Map of Bones is a book that is great for people who like post-apocalyptic fiction or the poorer standing up to the powerful. It does include fight scenes so not for youngsters, but even though it is a young adult fiction book I think adults and teenagers will enjoy it. 5 out 5.