When Zach and I were born, our parents must have counted and recounted: limbs, fingers, toes. The complete set. They would have been disbelieving - nobody dodged the split between Alpha and Omega. Nobody. Born as twins. Raised as enemies.
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 mutations become clear. Forced to live apart, they are ruthlessly oppressed by their Alpha counterparts.The Alphas are the elite. Once their weaker twins have been cast aside, they're free to live in privilege and safety, their Omega twins far from their thoughts.
Cass and Zach are both perfect on the outside: no missing limbs, no visible Omega mutations. But Cass has a secret: one that Zach will stop at nothing to expose.
The potential to change the world lies in both their hands. One will have to defeat the other to see his or her vision of the future come to pass, but if they're not careful both will die in the struggle for power.
©2015 Francesca Haig (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"This book is a thought provoking whirlwind of a story, with a fab lead character, grisly politics and brave adventure. I loved it!" (Jessie Burton)
"A hell of a ride. I would recommend it to anyone I can, regardless of age." (James Oswald)
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"I could not stop listening."
I plan to listen to it again. It is gripping and characters are well developed. I could not stop listening. Look forward to next book in the series, just pre-ordered it.
"ends just as it's getting really interesting"
it was an interesting, thought provoking listen but it suddenly ends just as you think its getting to the crux. It felt like after all the detail and story building, the author couldn't be bothered to carry on with it. If there is no second book then that us how it felt. Unfinished like she was mid tale, frustrating ending.
"Very good book"
A great story, good characters and excellent propose. The story carries you along well and the world is fascinating. It's a powerfully written book
"Them vs Us"
Foreigners vs natives. Employed vs unemployed. "Western culture" vs "Muslim culture"...
Wherever there is "Them" vs "Us" the story of the Fire Sermon's Alpha and Omega twins is played out.
Like her namesake of antiquity, Cassandra sees beyond the reality of the present to what could be. Like her namesake of antiquity, she seems to be the only one.
So...what if there were no "Them" or "Us"?
Worth a listen if you like this genre. Set in a dystopian future, the main heroine Cass (an Omega) is on the run from the Alphas.
"exceptionally good story, excellent narration,"
l cant recommend this book enough and am looking forward with great anticipation to the sequel.
"Implausible persecution fantasy"
I couldn't finish this book. The set up was interesting but everything always returned to how terrible life was for the main character. Everything in the world was designed to make her life as awful as possible. It got very old very quickly. It wasn't exactly a subtle way to create your standard young-adult dystopia. There was no sense of fun to contrast the darkness and no real depth to the world to make it worthwhile. The reader was good though.
loved it, great story. would definitely recommend to others looking for things to read. great
"Great concept, fantastic delivery."
The premise for the book is very compelling and the author keeps this theme relevant throughout the book though a series of interesting situations and plot development.
Loved how the book explained everything from how twins work, right down to a rough geography of where all the events take place. It really helps build a full picture and left me engaged and emerged throughout.
The performance was great. Her voice mirrored the emotions of each character throughout.
My only criticism is that while the performer did a fantastic job at conveying emotion through her reading, all her characters sounded the same. It sometimes made it a little difficult to know who was talking during long conversations between characters.
Will definitely buy the next book! Thank you for such a good story and performance.
Yes. First book I've read/listened to since the Hunger Games, which is a worthy book in the post apocolyptic young adult dystopian fiction genre. Original. Gripping. Well developed characters. Looking forward to the next book.
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