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Blurb (from Goodreads0:The Hunger Games meets Cormac McCarthy's The Road in this richly imagined first novel in a new postapocalyptic trilogy by award-winning poet Francesca Haig.
Four hundred years in the future, the Earth has turned primitive following a nuclear fire that laid waste to civilization and nature. Though the radiation fallout has ended, for some unknowable reason every person is born with a twin. Of each pair one is an Alpha - physically perfect in every way - and the other an Omega burdened with deformity, small or large.
With the Council ruling an apartheid-like society, Omegas are branded and ostracized while the Alphas have gathered the world's sparse resources for themselves. Though proclaiming their superiority, for all their effort Alphas cannot escape one harsh fact: Whenever one twin dies, so does the other. Cass is a rare Omega, one burdened with psychic foresight. While her twin, Zach, gains power on the Alpha Council, she dares to dream the most dangerous dream of all: equality. For daring to envision a world in which Alphas and Omegas live side by side as equals, both the Council and the Resistance have her in their sights.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This story had lots of potential, but it didn’t quite fulfil it for me.
Cass was a strong character, and she held up well against the threat of the alphas and the situations she was put in. Kip was also a likeable character, and the pair worked pretty well together.
The storyline in this was okay, and the world building was good, but the pace really let the story down for me. I liked the idea that every birth produced an alpha and an omega, and that the omegas were kept separate, and I thought that this was done pretty well, especially given the twist that if one died the other also died… (although why would you let your omega twin be treated like poo if their death would cause your death??)
The ending to this had a couple of twists that I didn’t see coming, and a couple of unexpected deaths.
6 out of 10