What to say about "The Fire Sermon"... It's a decent listen. The narrator is good and brings across the right inflection to the female and m..Show More »ale characters. The thing about this book is that it's in the same sort of vein as Divergent and the other "run-of-the-mill" post apocalyptic types of stories.
What stood for me the most was the beginning in how the protagonist describes how everyone is born with a twin and the sets of twins are separated at some point in their lives according to their traits (normal or mutant). This sounds so much like a part of Stephen King's book: Wolves of the Calla where sets of twins are also separated. The author, Francesca Haig, even writes how riders on horses come to take a twin away (much like what happens in Wolves of the Calla). It made me wonder if this is where Haig got the general idea for her story. In Haig's story, the twins are separated into Alphas and Omegas. The Alphas are the royalty and Omegas the peasantry. One interesting aspect is that the twins remained linked forever and if a twin dies, the other twins dies. If one feels pain, the other feels pain.
The protagonist discovers that she has a power as a seer and for that she is imprisoned and tortured to try and "see" into the future. She escapes and meets up with another Omega twin and they take off together in search of a safe haven. Here's where you get into the "run-of-the-mill" type of story. The characters inexplicably are able to ride horses, despite never haven ridden before. They meet up with various groups who are either friend or foe or both. There wasn't much that stood out in the story as it's all been told before. It's the same tried and true story arc that so many of these types of novels go through.
Of course, it ends in a manner that hints at a sequel (as most of these types of books do these days) but I didn't find it interesting enough to care if there is a sequel. Not the best. Not the worst. Just kind of mediocre.
Lauren Fortgang is an exceptional narrator. She is truly talented in what she does. She has the ability to have so many different characters and just ..Show More »when you think she couldn't come up with a new voice she does. You really forget that it's just one narrator. Loved the story, can't wait for the third book!