First Line Friday is a series of blog articles posted on the first Friday of every month. The first line of a story, we’re told, must hook the reader. Implied is that the reader will not buy the book if the first line isn’t great. These first lines by Nebula nominees represent the books and authors who are up for the 57th Annual Nebula Award® for best novel. The awards ceremony will be held later this month. Do these first lines hook you? Do you want to read more?
A sandstorm brewed dark and menacing against the Qazali horizon as Lieutenant Touraine and the rest of the Balladairian Colonial Brigade sailed into El-Wast, capital city of Qazali, foremost of Balladaire’s southern colonies.“The Unbroken (Magic of the Lost Book 1) by Cherae Clark
Archibald James Portendorf disliked stairs. With their ludicrous lengths, ever leading up, as if in some jest.”A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark
Welga stared a coffee the color of mud and contemplated the irony of the word smart.”Machinehood by S.B. Divya
To think—not language. To not think language. To think we, and not have a tongue-sound or cry for its crystalline depths.“A Desolation called Peace by Arkady Martine
The world fell flat. The world fell exhausted. The world fell to rainbow-colored static, which rang through Derena’s mind as she ran from her death.“Plague Birds by Jason Sanford
If you liked those first lines, I hope you’ll love this one:
Miranda Clarke guided her yacht, Lady Angelfish, alias Serenity, down the Illinois River, desperate to deliver the package on time.“If I Should Die by Lynette M. Burrows
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