Adventure (Teen), Dystopia (Teen), YA Fiction

The Map of Bones by Francesca Haig – Fire Sermon #2

This book was given to me as an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So as previously mentioned, I  read the first novel before delving into the sequel because I wanted to do right by the story. And I’m so glad that I did, because otherwise, I would not have understood a single thing that happened in the story! This novel has just been released a few days ago, so it should now be available for your perusal.

Cass has been betrayed on multiple levels. Zach, her twin, has manipulated her and used her. The resistance Omegas simply want to use Cass for her seer skills, and are ready to turn her in if it benefits them. And the man she thought she knew was not who he said he was. Saddled with the emotional burdens of these betrayals, Cass continues on her journey to find a safe refuge for the Omegas while still hoping to find a way to unite Alphas and Omegas. But as her visions of the Blast grow stronger, she finds herself succumbing to the madness within all seers. Will Cass be able to achieve her goals? Or will she find herself slowly slipping into the nightmare world of her visions?

This second book was just as fast-paced as the first novel. Cass is a character with high moral standards and a view of equality that sometimes seems just a tad bit too ridiculous, given the circumstances she is in. Although she has become more determined to fight for what she believes in, she is still not as strong a heroine as I would have hoped she would be. I pitied her more than empathized with her, especially during her period of mourning and confusion. The novel explored many different avenues and showed the many different perspectives on the issue of discrimination and rights of the Omegas and the Alphas, which gave the storyline more depth. However, the novel tried to encompass too much at once and felt a bit jumpy at times. Overall, the sequel was interesting and engaging, and I look forward to reading the conclusion of this series.

Happy reading!

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