Born as twins. Raised as enemies. Bound by death.
Cass is born a few minutes after her brother, Zach. Both infants are perfect, but only one is a blessing; only one is an Alpha.
The other child must be cast out. But with no discernible difference, other than their genders, their parents cannot tell which baby is tainted.
Perfect twins. So rare, they are almost a myth. But sooner or later the Omega will slip up. It will eventually show its true self. The polluted cannot help themselves.
Then its face can be branded. Then it can be sent away.
Francesca Haig is a novelist, poet, and academic. She grew up in Tasmania, gained her PhD from the University of Melbourne, and was a senior lecturer at the University of Chester. The Fire Sermon, her debut novel, is the first in a post-apocalyptic trilogy. Her poetry has been published in literary journals and anthologies in both Australia and England, and her first collection of poetry, Bodies of Water, was published in 2006. In 2010 she was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship. She lives in London with her husband and son.