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Alpha und OmegaDas atemberaubende Finale der Saga um die junge Omega Cass. Wird es ihr gelingen, dass grausame System der Alphas zu überwinden? Kann sie den Kampf um Freiheit und Gerechtigkeit unbeschadet überstehen, solange ihr Zwillingsbruder ihr schlimmster Feind ist?...

Title : Rückkehr
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ISBN : 9783641165147
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Number of Pages : 503 Pages
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  • Justine
    2018-07-16 15:01

    Excellently written but ultimately I can't say I enjoyed reading this series all that much.One of the main difficulties that I have had with this series all along is that I have never felt a particularly strong emotional connection to the main character, Cass. The story itself is very realistic and well told; Haig's prose is without fault. It is all extremely dire: the post-nuclear apocalyptic setting, the connection until death between the alpha and omega twins, the oppressive regime of control the alphas have imposed that has led down ever more inhuman paths and, as Cass sees in her visions, inexorably to another nuclear blast. The descriptions of battle are not glorious, but horrible. The day to day survival of the rebelling faction of omegas and the breakaway alphas who support them (for their own reasons, mind you; acts of nobilty are almost nonexistent here) are not filled with moments of beauty, because everyone is too busy trying to survive and plan, and hope to find a path away from Cass' visions. Possibly this is the crux of my problem with Cass and with the series as a whole - too much bleakness all the time so that even if something good does happen it either feels too minor to register or so significant it feels overly sudden and contrived.Ultimately I would say this dark post-apocalyptic series told from the perspective of a depressed seer who lives daily with her vision of flames destroying the world is excellently written, but I can't honestly say I enjoyed reading it.

  • Liz Barnsley
    2018-07-22 16:38

    The Forever Ship completes this trilogy which began with The Fire Sermon and continued with A Map of Bones – I’ll be sorry to see the back of Cass, Piper et al I’ve lived this journey with them and a brilliantly engaging and thought provoking one it was too and the lovely Ms Haig puts a pitch perfect finish on it.In this finale, the battle to save Elsewhere is the main focus along with ever changing loyalties and Cass still trying to come to terms with her relationship with Zach – twin and Alpha – who has been an extraordinarily difficult challenge.I’ve come to know the world built here really well – the Alpha and Omega twins, one perfectly formed the other with flaws and the author has delved deep into human nature here, throughout the narrative, in a beautifully plotted battle where its not so much one of good v evil but of this compromise v that compromise and how far we would go to preserve ourselves.The characters are formed and authentic, Cass is divisive and tortured by her visions, her journey from that first page of The Fire Sermon to this last page of The Forever Ship has been one full of twists and challenges, utterly riveting and beautifully described.I don’t really want to give anything away – but Francesca Haig has created a dystopian reality that is very believable, as our world teeters on the brink of who knows what, one can perfectly well imagine a future such as she describes – even the more fantastical elements of it.Overall The Fire Sermon trilogy has been a most terrific reading experience – and that melancholy, cleverly thought out finale just put the icing on a very delicious cake.Highly Recommended.

  • karen
    2018-08-04 19:49

    well, i've done it now...every time i get one of those emails alerting me that there's a book i want to read being offered as a goodreads giveaway, i go WOO HOOO!! (sometimes in my head, sometimes less discreetly), and i enter with glee, knowing that the odds are against me, and the ratio of entered/won brands me a loser more often that not. and i considered not entering this one, for a half-second, since it is the third book in a trilogy, and i have not read the first two books, even though they are right there, on my shelf, where they have been for ages. and wouldn't you know it? THIS is the one i win. sooo, i promise i will read this, gods of the goodreads giveaways, but i have two books to tackle before i can dive in. TRILOGY MARATHON WHEEEEEEE!!

  • Carlos
    2018-07-22 19:06

    3 1/2 stars for the conclusion of this trilogy . The emotions all were there , the same characters we started with and the same upending doom that we felt since we picked up the first book in this trilogy. Thanks to the folks at Netgalley for giving me a chance to read this book. I just have to say that I felt a little bit disappointed by the lackluster ending of this trilogy , I think they could have done a lot more. Pick it up this series if you are into dystopian futures and trilogies (who is not? lol) . AN overall ok trilogy.

  • Helen
    2018-08-03 15:58

    Satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. The violence is still extreme; the Alphas still confident in their superiority and the Omegas victimised and ruined. Some interesting little twists feature in this.

  • Sheri S.
    2018-07-22 19:56

    Uggghhh, it took me weeks to drudge through this book. It was just sooooo boring. I feel like this trilogy should definitely just been a duology. The story has been so obviously stretched out to cover three books, and that just annoys the heck out of me. But, since I had already invested a lot of reading time into this series, I tortured myself to reach the end just so that I could finally find out how the story concluded. This series was just okay, the first book being the best, most definitely not great, and this last book just put it in the dumper for me.

  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    2018-08-13 16:50

    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight I liked the first two books of this series, The Fire Sermon and The Map of Bones. I mean, it wasn't exactly my favorite series of all time, but it was solid. And I was looking forward to this conclusion! In many ways, it was satisfying, but in a few key ways it did let me down a bit. As always, let's start with the good stuff! Oh, and I will try to keep this spoiler-free for the whole series, too!The Good:The world is incredibly bleak and dire, and I love it. Throughout the series, this world is portrayed as a real downer. Everything is a mess, and somehow everyone is worse. It's post-apocalyptic so you know it's not exactly going to be sunshine and flowers, but it's just a real disaster. The author also does a great job of making the atmosphere feel very desperate.While the main premise of everyone being born with a twin does require a bit of suspension of disbelief, the author built the world well, and it makes for a very compelling storyline. In so many cases, characters' biggest enemies are also their womb-mates. In addition, when one twin dies, the other does too, which complicates things even further. Basically, the relationships make the stakes even higher- in the midst of an already very high stakes world.There is a lot of gray morality in the characters' lives. There are so many awful decisions to be made. They basically run the gamut of bad to worse, and there is basically never a "right" or "good" choice. It's all trying to figure out what is the least of the evils.There are just enough small glimmers of hope scattered throughout the series that it makes it bearable. Most of the characters were great, especially the main character. Cass goes through so much in the course of the series, she changes in so many ways, while still holding strong to her core values. The groups of people she meets along the way are equally as multifaceted, and add quite a bit to the story.The Not as Good:The book (and the series) did move a bit slowly at times. This is probably the biggest gripe for me overall in the series, there were times that things felt a little draggy. But, then the action would pick up and things would be okay again. Pacing was a bit off throughout for me.I was kind of overwhelmed with more minor characters at times. As the series progresses, a lot of people are added to the mix, and especially between books two and three, I had a hard time remembering everyone (or remembering who was important enough to need to be remembered).Okay, the main reason I am giving this book a lower rating than the other two? I hated the ending. Hated, loathed, entirely raged against. I honestly think this is going to be the kind that people either love or hate- I hated it. I'm going to put this in spoiler tags, though I won't actually spoil it- I just know some people like to be completely in the dark about endings, and some people want to know. So for the want-to-knows: (view spoiler)[I felt like the way things ended kind of negated a lot of the development that some of the characters, including Cass (especially Cass, tbh) had gone through.(hide spoiler)]Bottom Line: A solid series, which I think would have stayed in the 3.5-4.0 star range had I detested the ending a little less. Definitely bleak, so if you're looking for a darker book with a good cast of characters, this series could be for you! But beware of occasional slowness if you're not a fan.

  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    2018-07-20 21:39

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.THE FOREVER SHIP is an unflinching portrayal of revolution. War is more than fighting. It’s starvation, waiting, and unwinnable situations. For every victory in THE FOREVER SHIP there is an equal devastating loss. Part of this is due to the world building, which has the perfect specimens of the Alphas unbalanced by their disabled Omega twin. The Omegas are fighting to save Elsewhere and destroy the Council, while the Alpha’s want to maintain their superiority.THE FOREVER SHIP has constant references to past decisions or choices from the other novels. Sometimes it’s to see how the character’s have grown, sometime it’s to show how revolution has hardened them. Cass’ twin Zach reappears and brings a host of ethics into play. Most of the novel focuses on the ethical dilemmas that rise during wars. Which life is more valuable? What resource is most precious? What lines are we willing to cross? There’s not as much action as the previous novels. The novel plays as an emotional rollercoaster rather than an physical one.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 THE FOREVER SHIP isn’t a book you can walk away from unscarred. The words and moments linger far after the book is closed. With a majority of disabled characters and gorgeous writing, The Fire Sermon trilogy is a fascinating read. If you haven’t read the series, pick it up.Sexual content: Brief reference to sex

  • Shelley
    2018-07-17 17:53

    *Source* Edelweiss*Genre* Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic*Rating* 3.5*Thoughts*The Forever Ship is the third and final installment in author Francesca Haig's The Fire Sermon trilogy. This book picks up right where The Map of Bones left off. Haig has created a world that is 400 years in the future. The Earth has turned primitive following a nuclear fire that laid waste to civilization and nature. Though the radiation fallout has ended, for some unknowable reason every person is born with a twin. Of each pair one is an Alpha - physically perfect in every way - and the other an Omega burdened with deformity, small or large.*Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/201...

  • Tania
    2018-08-15 15:50

    3.5

  • Michelle (Much Loved Books)
    2018-07-21 18:06

    I'm struggling to get into this one. It's been so long since I read the first book, and then stumbled my way through the second, there is far too much for me to try to remember to really enjoy this one and I don't have the time at the moment for a series re-read.

  • James Rhodes
    2018-08-02 14:58

    I loved the first two books of this series, the prose was so wonderfully rich, the narrative tension well maintained and I was looking forward to a solid conclusion. Unfortunately, I just didn't feel it with this one. The third book of a trilogy is generally the weakest but this seemed unusually weak. The first half of the novel is devoid of action and the only tension comes from the cast being in the same place and the possible presence of a traitor. There is no sense of events driving to any conclusion. I trudged on through a few set pieces but I ultimately didn't feel like I had anything worth continuing for and at two thirds of the way into the the last novel of a three book series it was so slow that I gave up on it. The book doesn't just suffer from a lack of meaningful tension and drive, it just seems rushed as if the author has been forced to work to a deadline they weren't ready to meet. There is of course the threat that the council will blow the world up again but everybody's lives are so terrible I just felt like they'd be doing them all a favour. The writing is solid but gone is Haig's beautiful adjectival prose, gone is the pleasure of moving to new places and seeing new things, all that is left is the trudge towards a conclusion that I had no confidence would be anymore satisfactory than the rest of the novel. I may some day finish the novel and find that the last section redeemed the rest but I doubt that either of those things will happen.

  • Thomas Shepherd
    2018-08-05 21:40

    What is there more to say about to this book other than it is the explosive finale to the Fire Sermon trilogy of books. For a world where everyone is born with a fatal bond of twinship, where one twin is healthy and the other disabled in some form and they are segregated as such into rival 'races' - the Alphas and the Omegas - there is only one way that this story can end. For one cannot live if the other doesn't survive. Francesca Haig keeps you guessing though. Cass is a seer though, and her visions show a world that is burning. This is a book that races towards history repeating itself with another nuclear attack on Elsewhere - the one place that could save the Alpha and Omega people and end the war. Can Cass change the future. Expect as much of a rollercoaster of life and death and emotions pulled every which way, as in the first two volumes of this trilogy. This is a story that does not pull any punches as it holds a mirror up to our own society. This is an epic story set years in the future, but it is unnervingly a story that could so easily become a reality. You understand the power of stories. It doesn't matter if every word isn't accurate. It's the message that matters. You knew that, even then. You know that stories matter.

  • Jamie Lea
    2018-08-15 20:38

    I enjoyed the series as a whole but I wasn't very satisfied with the ending of this book. I also found Cass quite irritating in this last book and feel that the ending made me dislike her more. I would have liked more at the end. I did find it interesting to learn more about Zach and feel that The Ringmaster could've been explored a bit more too. Unfortunately this isn't a series I would be rushing to re-read. But on the whole a strong series and the style of writing is fantastic.

  • Allen Adams
    2018-08-04 18:01

    http://www.themaineedge.com/buzz/the-...There’s nothing quite like a literary trilogy. As a reader, there’s something wonderful about seeing a story unfold over the course of three books; you get more detailed narrative than in a single book without having to deal with the nebulous endpoint of an ongoing series.In many ways, three is the magic number.It’s certainly magic for Francesca Haig, whose new novel “The Forever Ship” marks the third and final installment of her “Fire Sermon” series. It is a well-wrought and engaging finale to what has proven to be an exquisitely-detailed dystopian vision.This world – a world still suffering the aftereffects of a centuries-past nuclear blast – is in upheaval. The twinning that is central to their existence – the unbreakable bond between the physically perfect Alphas and the mutated Omegas – has led to a feudal society whose structure is less than amenable to those not in power.The battle between the entrenched establishment Alphas and the Omegas who seek only to be treated as equals is coming to a head. Cass, the Omega seer whose brother Zach once sat in a seat of power on the Alpha Council, can see what is coming – a plan by the Alphas to break the longstanding taboo against machines and resurrect the deadly technology of the past in order to launch a preemptive strike against the people of the Scattered Islands, also known as Elsewhere.Every time Cass closes her eyes, she sees the consequences of that plan – blinding fire that will destroy not just the people of Elsewhere, but her own people as well. But the monomaniacal General – new leader of the Council – will stop at nothing to bring her plan to fruition. And even as she struggles to counter the General’s deadly scheme, she must also find a way to free the thousands of Omegas who have been taken captive by the Alphas.With just a handful of allies that she can truly trust, Cass must navigate the complicated waters of warfare. She has almost no hope of success – but it is only her success that can save the world from dooming itself once again. And this time, there will be no coming back. It will be the end.A writer invites a fair amount of pressure when undertaking a trilogy. The reader invests not just the time reading the books, but also the time between books spent waiting for the next installment. Allowing each novel to stand on its own merits while also weaving together the overarching narrative is a difficult trick to pull off.Haig handles it beautifully.“The Forever Ship” is a compelling conclusion to what has proven to be an exceptional example of speculative fiction. Dystopian stories in general might feel a bit played out, but there’s a freshness to what Haig has created that avoids feeling redundant or derivative. The world-building, the character development, the relationship dynamics, the narrative tension – all the pieces are there for a high-quality trilogy.Haig is a marvelous writer – there’s a depth to her prose that is often lacking in genre fiction. She is evocative with her imagery without ever coming off as florid; the intimacy that creates makes for a reading experience that is utterly engrossing. 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 – a trilogy well worth every minute you really ought to spend with it.

  • Kelly
    2018-07-22 13:53

    So ends The Fire Sermon trilogy. While the first book in this series is easily the strongest (and could arguably stand alone), The Forever Ship offered an interesting conclusion to Zach and Cass’s story. It recovers most of the suspenseful pacing that was lost in The Map of Bones, and the inevitable conflict of Alpha vs. Omega more or less resolves. First, the criticisms: this is unquestionably a young adult series, and there are some predictable plot twists that more seasoned readers will see coming. That ‘interesting conclusion’ referenced above is another way of saying ‘anticlimactic’. However, while the story may have some inconsistencies, the underlying ethical debate is perfect for young adult audiences to mull over. Should people be treated as inferior if they are less than perfect? The dynamic of the alpha and omega twins living and dying together adds that extra layer - is it worth being perfect to have your life partially depend on the choices of others? Or, is it okay to imprison someone else to ensure your own survival? Those questions might be easy to answer for some, but it also serves as a great thought exercise for middle and high schoolers who haven’t encountered existentialism before. And at this point in human history, any book that provides the opportunity to build a little empathy back into society is a needed one.I would recommend The Fire Sermon to anyone interested in dystopias. The last two books aren’t particularly revelatory but I doubt any reader, once going into this world, would want to leave without knowing how it ends. 3 stars.

  • Lovely Loveday
    2018-08-06 15:48

    An action-packed read about what it is like to put your life in the hands of your twin.

  • archdandy
    2018-07-27 19:52

    We finally get to read the third installment in the 'Fire Sermon' trilogy! If I had to rate all three books it would be in order 'The Fire Sermon', 'The Forever Ship' and then 'The Map of Bones'. I was disappointed with the second book and I had hoped the third wouldn't be the same. Luckily it turned out to be much better in my opinion. The whole series and world that Cass and her friends live in is bleak but the second book just felt too bleak. It didn't feel like there was anything good in it (except for the ending I suppose). The third book was also very dark but there were still little bits of good in it. (view spoiler)[Zoe's relationship with Paloma and the newfound friendships between the Omega and Alpha rebels. (hide spoiler)]For me this was a satisfying conclusion to the series but I can see why some people might have a problem with the ending. (view spoiler)[I actually think that Zach and Cass going to live on the island in peace was a fitting ending. I wouldn't have been convinced it was the right choice if Cass rode off into the sunset with Piper and helped build a new world. She was never fit for politics or war and I think after everything with the council was done she was tired and finished. (hide spoiler)] Overall I think the series left off in a hopeful way which is what the characters and that world needed.

  • Alisha Tarran
    2018-07-18 18:59

    This review is actually hard for me to write. I loved the first book so much, it sucked me in and I was completely hooked. It was original and brilliantly written and such a great read. The second book lagged a little bit for me, but pulled itself back with the surprising twist at the end that made me reexamine how I looked at the book and the world of the book. Now don't get me wrong, as I started to read this I was straight back in to the world of the book. I loved Paloma, she was such an interesting character and had such different experiences from the others, I wanted to know more about her and Elsewhere. Zach is present quite a lot in this book and I actually found him interesting too, as we got to spend more and more time with him it was fascinating to see how he thought and interacted with Cass. There where some brutal betrayals and shock twists that had me gasping and completely blown away. I have two problems with this book. The first is that the pace at times is slow, at other times steady and then at others fairly fast. I'd plod through the slower parts and then rejoice at the faster parts. I don't mind a slower pace but the world is pretty bleak and even the happier moments don't really make a dent and with this third book I seriously found myself having to force myself to read it at some points. Yet 50 pages or so later I'd be totally hooked again and invested. Like, this is the third and final book and we spent a lot of time not really doing anything, there wasn't all that much action which I found disappointing as I'd been expecting an explosive finale to match the other two books. The action when it came, riveted me, but I do feel like towards the end of the book things where rushed a little bit. My other problem is that as the series went on, I got less and less attached to Cass, less emotionally attached/invested or whatever in her. I loved her in the first book and the second book, but in this book I found myself feeling kind of indifferent to her and not as emotionally attached at all. I was actually more interested in Zach to be honest, and part of me really couldn't blame him for how he felt towards Cass. I saw the Omega's point of view, and I knew Cass's but I also kind of felt for Zach a little bit too. That didn't make what he did right but I could see where he was coming from, something Cass couldn't seem to manage and that bugged me a little bit. That and Zach kept mentioning that Cass never really talked to him about anything, and yet she blames Zach for her eventually being outed. Part of me wonders if Zach would have been different had Cass really spoken and interacted with him. I don't know. Anyway, The Forever Ship continued to be atmospheric and vivid. The writing continued to be incredibly well done, I really do love the authors writing, she paints a vivid picture and the battles aren't glorified and neither are the deaths and so on. I just feel like this is the weakest book of the three. I mean the ending was satisfying and it was all wrapped up nicely but I felt no emotional connection to Cass in this book, I don't know why exactly, I don't know if the bleakness of Cass's narrative and the world finally got to me, or if I just wasn't in the right mood or frame of mind. But I found myself a wee bit disappointed all in all.

  • Abi Harvey
    2018-08-12 20:58

    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.Read more at: http://abisbookreviews.com/2017/07/15...

  • Judith Moore
    2018-07-17 13:52

    Full review and more up on my blog: http://bit.ly/2uAg3v1So I joined this story at book number three, which, is not something I advise doing but I’m a rebel without a cause so I have been known to do so from time to time. What I will tell you is that this concept is so solid that you don’t need to have read the first two books to figure out pretty much everything that happened in them. This is a stupendously good thing (at least it was for me) because it means I don’t spend the first third of the book trying to work out what on earth is going on.You can definitely feel The Hunger Games influencing this book and this storyline. There’s the themes of triumph over adversity and the elements of arbitrary hierarchy are evident throughout. Joining the story in the third book does mean that I’m at the climax of the action so I can’t say for certain that the first two books were as exciting but this one was certainly packed full of battles, daring escapes, tragedies and rousing speeches.There are a few elements that don’t make precise sense, like why, in a world 400 years into the future, people are still fighting with swords. But I have to give the benefit of the doubt and assume that this is explained in earlier books (and, to be perfectly honest, swords are just cool and I’m not going to be angry at swordfights).What I truly loved about this story was the concept. The idea of one twin not being able to be killed because then the other will die is a phenomenal idea that, while I don’t think it is entirely novel, is used so well in this story. Where normally any problem would be solved with a swift sword to the heart in this case they have to consider their actions and there’s a whole other ethical element. Equally, it adds a degree of tension because at any time a character’s life can be at risk not only from the circumstances at that point in the story but also their twin’s circumstances. All in all I was totally sold on this idea by about page ten and it just kept getting better and better.Pull into this mix a bunch of characters all of whom were interesting to read about and all of whom you grow to care about (I imagine if you’ve read the other two books you’d like them even more) and you’ve got yourself a darned good ending to a trilogy.As far as books that sit on the ‘similar to The Hunger Games’ shelf go this is one of the better ones I have read. I’ve just done some speedy searching and it turns out The Fire Sermon (book #1) is in my local library so I may have to go and grab that at lunch time!My rating: 4/5 starsBy the way, I received a digital review copy of this book for free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  • SALLY WHITE
    2018-08-12 22:04

    Thank you Goodreads for sending me this book. I have been lucky enough to read the first two books in this series and therefore have been looking forward to reading the third and . final book of the trilogy I did not think it disappointed. I must admit that throughout the books, Cass has sometimes been annoying and irritating. This has continued for me in this book, although I must say the ending of this book was worth waiting for and I will miss the characters. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole series of books.

  • Jossie Marie Solheim
    2018-08-08 22:02

    Really enjoyed this book and would love to read more by this author.

  • Roberta Jayne
    2018-07-20 21:48

    3.5 stars. I was very hyped for this. The Fire Sermon was one of the best first books in a series by a debut author that I'd ever read, and this final part of the story made me extremely nostalgic for the first book. But, similiarly to The Map Of Bones, it failed to pack the same amount of punch.The book was definitely better than The Map Of Bones overall. I think that instalment suffered a lot from middle-book-syndrome. The writing of all three books had the same emotional and dramatic quality that still makes this series feel special to me, and the ending was fairly satisfying and well-rounded but it wasn't exceptional. It also was repetitive in places with 'the blast' mentioned three times on every page and the incredible amount of violence and death unfortunately desensitized and disconnected me from the story, most often at the most crucial parts of the book. Many character deaths glossed over me and it was more of a relief than anything else when the fighting and struggling finally ended. This was a great series that held so much flare and fire in the first book, but which unfortunately burnt out during the second and never quite regained its strength in the third.

  • Amanda Bartoszek
    2018-08-11 21:02

    I was so looking forward to this book; to find out the conclusion of this story. I loved this series from beginning to end.The first two books ripped my heart to shreds, and I was fully prepared for this book to do the same. It did not disappoint - parts of this story were so heart-wrenching it was painful to read. With every major plot part there was the tension of who would die, and I was shocked (and relieved) more ways than one.As with the first two books, the story was permeated with stories of sadness and despair. I spent the whole time wondering how there could possibly be a happy ending. Whether the ending would be a blast, or an end to the twinning. My greatest fear of all was that I might see Cass succumb to the madness that seers were cursed with. At one point I thought it was starting, and yet each time Cass somehow managed to maintain her hold on her mind. She is an incredible character, and while the ending of this story made me a bit sad, I am glad to know that the steps she has taken has had an impact. Because the story is written in first person we'll never know how things turn out, but at least Cass seemed to be at peace with herself and satisfied at how things turned out.

  • Josephine
    2018-07-25 17:58

    The Forever Ship by Francesca Haig is the final book in The Fire Sermon trilogy and I have been beyond excited about it.What I liked: I think pretty much everything. It was a satisfying conclusion to a trilogy that utterly gripped me; I loved that it tied everything up in a way that whilst I might not have chosen, I understood. This whole series is so good people – read it.What I didn’t like: I would like there to be more please. I don’t like that it’s over. Also, THAT ENDING. I mean, I understood it, I did, and it makes a hell of a lot of sense from a narrative sense but no. There are things I wanted that are not that and I hope you appreciate how hard I try to be spoiler free.

  • Jackie
    2018-07-27 20:03

    I enjoyed this trilogy a lot. Great to have dystopian aimed at adults not YA. The writing was beautiful in this final instalment as throughout. If I had a criticism it would be that the pace could have been a bit quicker, as is often the case, this could have been told in two parts I think, so the beginning of this felt a bit slow. That said, the last third was excellent and, without spoilers, I loved the end, I thought it was just perfect. I will definitely look out for what Francesca writes next.

  • Ann
    2018-08-13 21:53

    This was a very satisfying conclusion to the series, Fire Sermon. You do need to read the first two books to appreciate the whole story. There is an abundance of violence as the Alpha and Omega twins finally end their wars. Older teens and adults will enjoy and I read that the series has been optioned for a movie.

  • Katie
    2018-08-16 18:00

    WHY DID IT END LIKE THAT CASS DESERVED BETTERAhem.I'm glad Piper and Cass finally gave in but why did she send him off alone??Otherwise a very satisfying end to the trilogy.

  • Rosie
    2018-08-03 17:58

    Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Francesca Haig’s The Fire Sermon trilogy has easily been one of the best series I have read this year, so much so that I did something I rarely do and read the second book almost immediately after finishing the first. Now, I have had the chance to read the third, and final, book in this trilogy: The Forever Ship. It did not disappoint. In this book, the stakes are even higher; with Cass’ visions of fire moving ever closer to being reality and the freedom of the Omegas as a people growing ever more scarce. I loved that Haig does not shy away from the hardship of war; the reality of starvation, violence and death is never far from the surface and the themes of oppression, war and power resonate throughout. Yet, for all the bleak atmosphere, there is hope, and this is one of the reasons why I could not stop reading. I needed to see the characters survive and I wanted to see that hope bear fruit. Speaking of characters, there is something about the way Haig writes which makes each of the characters step off the page. It was brilliant being back with Cass, Piper and Zoe. Even Zach’s increased presence in this book helped keep me interested, particularly in the ethical and moral arguments he presents. We also get to see more of the secondary characters, and even some new ones. Yet, for the large cast of people in this story, each one comes across as real, so much so that if I close my eyes, I can almost see them. It is the way they’re written which makes this world so much more real and, as a result, so much more terrifying. While the second book captured more of the history of the world and setting up for this final book, The Forever Ship does a peculiar trick of both expanding outwards and inwards at the same time. We learn more of Elsewhere, and the world which exists beyond that which Cass and her team have only known. Yet, at the same time, we are seeing more exploration at an individual level – we’re seeing the views of the people that live in this world while also learning more about the characters we’re following. All in all, I thought this was a brilliant ending of the trilogy. It stayed true to the core of the first book yet also allowed the reader to experience entirely new feelings and adventures while joining Cass and her friends on their journey. My only main issues are that, at times, the novel does struggle a little with pacing and the ending did not quite work for me, although I can see and appreciate why Haig ended it as she did. If anyone is interested in starting a new dystopian series, particularly one which will make you think and leave you emotionally reeling at the end, then this is one I’d heartily recommend.