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Publisher's Summary

The thrilling conclusion to Francesca Haig's groundbreaking trilogy comes to a head in this brilliant finale.

Elsewhere exists. Cass, Piper and Zoe must race to prevent the Alphas from destroying what might be the only salvation for the Omegas and an end to the discrimination that comes, for them, with existing. But while they struggle to change the world, Cass must also overcome her grief and loyalty to her twin if she is ever to be free.

©2017 De Tores Ltd (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Critic Reviews

"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)
"Set in a vividly realised world of elite Alphas and their 'weaker' Omega twins, it holds a mirror up to our obsession with perfection." ( The Guardian)

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  • Treehugger
  • 24-11-2021

The story ends

All the way through this third part to the Fire Sermon trilogy, one thing kept going through my head. WHY must they fight and destroy each other?! Why can't the Alphas and Omegas simply live alongside each other in peace? - especially given that each Alpha twin is "joined' to their Omega twin, so what affects one affects the other. Why insist on "tanking" all the Omegas in suspended animation when the Alphas could just have lived alongside them, or even in different settlements?

And as for the emissary who's travelled across the sea from Elsewhere to share with them a gift to end all the divisions (medicine to end the twinning, but cause all single births to bear a mutation of some kind) - she's offering the chance for these twinned people to accept her country's discovery, but she's certainly not going to force it on them! So why not just say a polite "No thanks, we're fine as we are " and send her home? Why do the ruling Alphas decide instead they want to torture her and destroy her homeland with another nuclear bomb (especially with the knowledge that the effects would destroy them too, like the first bomb!!)
The whole premise of the story is madness, when such a simple solution is plain to see. Just accept each other and live in peace, you don't have to destroy each other!

The Omegas want what she has, the Alphas don't. But she needs the Alphas to agree, as they are the only ones who can bear children. The Omegas could go back with her to avoid the war and the Alphas trying to destroy them, but ultimately they wouldn't help as they are infertile. However, I still can't see the rationale behind destroying a peaceful ally who is not forcing their agenda!

Unfortunately, the Alphas are controlled by two or three truly evil leaders who will stop at nothing until they see all the Omegas tanked and Elsewhere destroyed. Unfortunately this is a mirror of our own society in times of war, when insane megalomaniac leaders get the upper hand. It happens. It doesn't make sense but it happens throughout history.

And so this whole story is a horrifying tale of unremitting war and bloodshed, Alpha against Omega and against Elsewhere. The lovely sweet peaceful woman from Elsewhere is terrorized and terrified of what she encounters, and horrified to think that these people would want to destroy her homeland, who are not threatening them in any way. It's all so sad and pointless, just like all genocides. The author pulls no punches in portraying the brutal reality of evil dictatorships and war. It's not an easy read.
After cobstant battles and bloodshed, there is a happy(ish) ending, but only the scene is set for peace, the rrst is left to the reader's imagination. I would have liked an epilogue actually describing life a few years later.

The narrator has a pleasant British voice but seems unable to alter it or do any different accents or voices to differentiate the different characters (apart from Piper and Zoe who be a slight regional accent). Paloma, who has come from "Elsewhere" and is supposed to have a markedly outlandish accent (as noted in the text) has a normal British voice and sounds the same as everyone else. So this book isn't "acted", she doesn't become each character as an actor might, it is just read aloud. I have listened to better and worse narrators. She isn't up there with the best, but far from the worst. I would rate the narration quality as good but not excellent. It doesn't add to the story, not does it detract from it.

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  • Joanna
  • 22-08-2018

Disappointing ending

The last book fizzled out for me, dragged too long with no action, the MC got annoying with her constant internal drama, to the point where there were moments I was thinking "yes, you could have ended this 2 books ago". And the pivotal moment for the ending came a bit out of nowhere.

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  • TAG
  • 10-04-2018

Body positivity

I love that there is lots of positivity about disabled people in this story. We repeatedly see how people go about their normal lives with whatever adaptation they were born with. Various characters also openly discuss how their lives aren’t any less fulfilled and meaningful than those of the “perfect bodied” Alphas. Omega society doesn’t treat anyone any differently because was their particular body type - it’s great!

The narration of this is wonderful, with characters easily distinguishable and the words brought to life. For some reason Paloma is now voiced more South African than Irish (as at the previous book) but it only takes a chapter or so to get used to.

Cass gets a bit irritating - she’s a bit too stubborn and keeps making ultimatums she doesn’t follow through on. Generally though, a good plot with well rounded and diverse characters.

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  • Stephen
  • 23-11-2017

Fantastic trilogy

Great series of books to read. The characters where engaging and developed in meaningful ways and the plot developed nicely and twisted in interesting ways.
Couldn't put the book down!

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  • Stuart Grant
  • 17-10-2017

Good, if a little drawn out

I’ve really enjoyed this series and was fascinated by the concept of this world. It was a brilliant idea. The first two books were great and ran along at great pace exploring all the ideas and horrors of this world. To say I didn’t fully enjoy this book would be unfair, but it felt like it was 2 or 3 hours too long (and I listen on 1.5x speed!) I felt like there was lots of filler and the story laboured along trying desperately to get to the point. I had to read it to find out what happens to the character and I suppose I was satisfied with the ending having invested hours and hours listening to the story. Was it as good as the previous two.. no... it just didn’t seem to have such a compelling story line...
I even got a little bored of the bloodshed and battles which seemed to be dragged out at times. Ok it’s a great trilogy.. I would recommend it, but be prepared to be a little impatient for the ending as it is read. (Faultless performance as always from the Narrator)

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  • Poppey
  • 11-09-2017

Ruthless

The last book in the trilogy included battles which were quite horrific to listen to. However, it was a good ending, albeit a sad one.

Listening to this book reminds one how absolute power corrupts absolutely and that the scenario of this trilogy may not be too far fetched from our future.

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