The Forever Ship: The Fire Sermon (Book 3)
by Francesca Haig
“Paloma’s arrival, with news of Elsewhere and the possibility of a world free of the fatal bond between twins, has given Cass and the resistance a hope worth fighting for.
But they are facing a Council more powerful and ruthless than Cass could ever have imagined, willing to unleash weapons from long-buried past to maintain their power over Alphas and Omegas alike.
As stunning Fire Sermon trilogy comes to a close, the final struggle between Zach and Cass has begun – a struggle that will jeopardize not only the future of Elsewhere but the future of the world.
What started with fire may end with fire.”
After reading The Fire Sermon and The Map of Bones last year, I knew I had to see the trilogy out and preordered The Forever Ship as soon as I could. I feel that you do need to have read the previous two books to understand what is going on.
The Forever Ship picks up pretty much straight after the events in The Map of Bones. Cass, Piper and Zoe are travelling with Paloma (from Elsewhere) to New Hobart, which is the Omega stronghold. Zach turns up begging for help to escape from The General, The Ringmaster and Piper keep trying to get information from him, but he will not give it up until Cass tortures herself to get it out of him.
Oh my gosh, that was such a rollercoaster! I wanted to read it and not put it down, but at the same time I wanted to savour the story and let it drag out a little. I went through a lot of emotions, and the twists totally shocked me. The ending is completely not what I expected and I want to know more about what happens afterwards.
My favourite characters are Cass, Piper, Zoe, Elsa and Paloma. I do also like The Ringmaster, he has grown on me with each book, but there are times when I want to hit him as well. It was really interesting to see the relationships between Alphas and Omegas and how they differ in this book compared to the previous two.
I cannot pick a favourite part, I loved so much of it, however, I do really love the bits where Cass and Piper are together. I think that Cass has finally found her voice in this book and I really enjoyed her parts standing off against The Ringmaster. I love the fact that this book resonates so much in today’s society, which is sad in the fact that we do not treat everyone equal, and that we look down on physical and mental difficulties/disabilities, this can also be directed to sexuality, gender, race and a whole multitude of other things. It also resonates with the political climate at the moment, in the fact that this is a potential outcome of a nuclear war and that we should stop and think about what our leaders are potentially bringing us towards.
The Forever Ship is the final book in The Fire Sermon trilogy, so it is wrapped up, but there is possibilities of what could happen afterwards. I would love to know what does go on.
While reading this book, I described it as the culmination of the resistance against the Council. I would recommend for teenagers and adults, even if you are not into dystopian novels I would recommend it for the deeper issues that are portrayed. 5 out of 5.