Review: The Forever Ship by Francesca Haig

The Forever Ship is the final book in The Fire Sermon trilogy, a YA dystopian fiction novel set in a post-apocalyptic world where each person is born with, and tied to, a twin. Told from the POV of Cass, this book concludes her mission to save the Omegas (weaker siblings) from domination by their Alpha counterparts.

As a seer, Cass has always been able to see glimpses of the future and past, including “the blast” which created, and will end, their world in a boom of fire.

Sounds sort of interesting, right?

Well, that’s what I thought when I started the series this summer. I was annoyed to learn that the final book had yet to be released, so it’s been months of waiting for the end. I rushed to buy the book (so I could check it off my list by year’s end), and all I can say is, “Good riddance, 2017.”

I didn’t love books 1 & 2, but I like to see things to the end. Book 3 was… well, awful. I like the idea, and I like the big themes of free will, racism, and redemption, but the writing…the characterization…the story…

Reading this book was like ripping nails from flesh: it was painful, and it took way longer than I wanted.

I felt like the story could have been told with one book. So much of the story was just repetition of the same thoughts and actions, all cumulating in the most anti-climactic of endings.

The most interesting part, and character, was the Ringmaster, and even he wasn’t well-developed. I like my stories to pull me in, to wrap me in their world. This book had me floating on the surface, gagging for air. I’d love to go into more detail, but I really want to move past the horror of the past couple days.

Overall, I’m giving the book a 5/10. Any chance the series had for redemption was killed by the awful ending. The good thing? The books of 2018 can only do better!

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