Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Book Review: Map of Bones [The Fire Sermon #2] by Francesca Haig

Title: The Map of Bones
Author: Francesca Haig
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Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia
Series: The Fire Sermon #2
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: 7th April 2016
Rating: 3 stars

Tell Me About It
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 pushes her to the edge, and threatens to destroy everything she hopes for.

As the country moves closer to all-out 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.
My Thoughts
After finishing The Fire Sermon last year, I was desperate to get my hands on The Map of Bones, and I dove right in as soon as possible. We pick up this story after the events of the previous book, and I think this is where I had my first problem.

The Fire Sermon was amazing, and I raved about it, but going into The Map of Bones I did struggle to remember who some of the secondary characters were, and tried to recall some of the events that had happened. The world of The Map of Bones is just as devastatingly beautiful as it previously was, the characters that I knew were just as I remembered them, but I found it really hard to read this book.

There were several moments that I LOVED, seeing how far Cass has come and how much she has grown on this journey she takes with friends and allies. I loved the idea behind the story, and the final aim for this book, I loved the battle scene and how things unfolded. The last few chapters had me on tenterhooks, worried over the fate of a few characters, and the ending was not something I expected.

However I did occasionally struggle with how long the journey took to get somewhere, or for a new event to unfold. I also struggled with how big the book actually was, you could use it as a door stop it's that big, and big books do scare me, especially if I can see the pages and how long I have left.

Final Verdict
Overall The Map of Bones was a mixed book for me. I think I would have handled it better going in straight after The Fire Sermon, and I'm thinking that the next book may need a full re-read of the series.

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